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Sunday Talking Heads: July 29, 2012

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Greetings! On this fine morning, you won’t have NBC to kick around, they’ve all gone to the Olympics. You do get a chance to breakfast with Darth Cheney and Scalia. Pass the butter.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week:  Mathew Dodd host. Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs vs Romney campaign senior adviser Kevin Madden. Roundtable: George Will; Donna Brazile; Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief David Chalian; radio host and contributing editor Dana Loesch; and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus. Finally, Jonathan Karl with former Vice President Dick Cheney,

CBS’ Face the Nation:  Penn State President Rodney Erickson. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

Chris Hayes:  Preempted by the Olympics.

Chris Matthews:  Preempted by the Olympics.

CNN’s State of the Union:  Romney campaign surrogate Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) vs Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Roundtable: Ken Goldstein, President of Kantar Media/CMAG, Ron Brownstein, CNN’s Senior Political Analyst and Michael Scherer of Time Magazine. Also, coverage of Mitt Romney’s speech in Jerusalem.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  On Mitt Romney and U.S. foreign policy; the Syrian crisis; Iran’s future; guns and America and a look at the U.S. economy.  Also, Paul Wolfowitz, Tom Friedman, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Richard Haass, Paul Krugman, Ken Rogoff.

Fox News Sunday:  Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaRoundtable: Chip Saltsman, Liz Marlantes, Kimberly Strassel, Juan Williams. Plus, Power Player of the week Michelle Kwan, Public Diplomacy Envoy for the State Department / Olympic Figure Skating Medalist.

Moyers & Company:  What It’s Like to Go to War. Vietnam veteran and author Karl Marlantes about what we need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors.

NBC’s Meet the Press:  Preempted by the Olympics.

Newsmakers:  Ranking Member on the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI). The top Democrat on the House Ways & Means Committee talks about tax choices facing Congress, what voters might be willing to sacrifice to keep the U.S. economy on an even keel, and whether politicians should make their tax filings public. Reporters are David Lightman of McClatchy Newspapers and Gail Russell Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor.

Q & A:  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes:  Hard Times Generation – Scott Pelley brings “60 Minutes” cameras back to central Florida to document another level of homelessness – kids and their parents living in cars. The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh – His paintings are among the most well-known in the world, just like the story of his life and death: Vincent van Gogh was a troubled genius who killed himself. But now the authors of a biography say their exhaustive investigation strongly indicates he may not have taken his own life. Morley Safer reports.

To the Contrary:  Panelists discuss if the Aurora Colorado theater tragedy has reignited the debate over gun control. Then, North Dakota’s Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp talks about the record breaking number of women running for office this year. And, Behind the Headlines: Strong! A new documentary about women weightlifters timed to release with the start of the 2012 Olympics.

Univision’s Al Punto: Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico; Gabriela Domenzain, Director of Hispanic Press, Obama for America; Lucy Flores, Assemblywoman, Nevada State Assembly and Surrogate for President Obama’s Re-election Campaign; Jose Fuentes, National Co-Chair for Mitt Romney’s Hispanic Steering Committee “Juntos con Romney”; Rudy Fernandez, Advisor, Mitt Romney’s Campaign; Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner.

Virtually Speaking:  McJoan and KagroX.  9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon:  Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance.  “In his official response to the attacks of September 11th, George W. Bush invoked the Crusades, tapping into a centuries-long history of fear and aggression. The West’s longstanding perception of Islam as a threat has taken on new and more complex implications in the twenty-first century, as years of migration and resulting demographic shifts have brought the “enemy” within Western borders. Virulent opposition to the planned construction of an Islamic center near the 9/11 attack site in New York City reveals much about the intensity of public sentiments simmering just below the surface. As the United States and countries across Europe struggle with a resurgence of unexamined fear and antagonism, often directed against their own citizens, the imperative for better understanding could not be greater.”  Chat with Sanford Levison about his new book, hosted by Aziz Huq.  5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday:  American Autumn: An OccuDoc.  “What would a world look like that had a culture and an economic system that places human need above corporate greed, and how do we bring that world into being? Who cares what it is called. Call it Socialism, Call it Real Democracy Now, and Call it Chunky-Monkey-Cherry Garcia. The world needs to change radically, it needs to change dramatically, and it needs to change fast. American Autumn: an Occudoc is an invitation for you to participate in that positive change.”  Come talk with filmmaker Dennis Trainor and host Kit O’Connell, 8pm ET.


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