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Sunday Talking Heads: August 26, 2012

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Don’t forget to wink at the moon. RIP.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week:  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chair of the Republican Platform Committee, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the Democratic National Convention. Roundtable: George Will; Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, host of Current TV’s “The War Room”; Republican strategist Mary Matalin; and FOX News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

CBS’ Face the Nation:  From Tampa. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Then, RNC Chair Reince Priebus, platform committee co-chair Rep. Marsha Blackburn ( D-TN)., and former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.  Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, Rich Lowry, Dan Balz, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson.

Chris Hayes: Wendell Cox, senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, consultant for the Department of Transportation, and former director of public policy at the American Legislative Council (ALEC). Michael Bell, professor at Columbia University of Housing, visiting fellow at Harvard University, and an architect at Visible Weather. He also had an installation, which focused on a suburb of Tampa, FL, at the Museum of Modern Art. Michael Steele, former RNC Chairman and MSNBC analyst. Sophia Nelson, columnist for, former GOP House Committee Counsel, and author of “Black Woman Redefined.” Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa, FL. Also an Urban Land Institute fellow and travels around the country looking at how other cities develop. Corey Robin, (@CoreyRobin) professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center and author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin.” Elise Jordan, (@Elise_Jordan) contributor with the national Review, Daily Best, Marie Claire, and  Former director for communications for the national security council and former speechwriter to Condoleezza Rice. Avik Roy, (@aviksaroy) member of Mitt Romney’s health care policy advisory group and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He also writes The Apothecary, a Forbes blog on health-care and entitlement reform. Joan Walsh, (@JoanWalsh) MSNBC political analyst, Salon’s editor at large and author of “What’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was.”

CNN State of the Union:  From Tampa. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on the implications of Todd Akin’s remarks on rape. Plus, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Al Cardenas, Chair of the American Conservative Union, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Then, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley offers the Democratic rebuttal. Roundtable: Ron Brownstein, Karen Tumulty.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Syria, Iran, US politics. Then, Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Caro. And more.

Fox News Sunday:  “At home with the Romneys”

Moyers & Company: Nuns, Faith and Politics. On a road trip of faith and politics, American nuns spread the word: Paul Ryan’s budget would hurt those already struggling to make ends meet.

NBC’s Meet the Press:  From Tampa.  Jeb Bush. Sen John McCain (R-AZ). Roundtable: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ); Mike Murphy, Chuck Todd.

Newsmakers:  Rep. Pete Sessions, Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. As the chief House Republican recruiter of candidates and contributors for 2012,  Rep. Sessions talks about key races and issues before voters this fall. Reporters are Josh Kraushaar, Executive Editor for Hotline, and Charlie Mahtesian, National Politics Editor for Politico. Reporters: Josh Kraushaar, Executive Editor for Hotline, and Charlie Mahtesian, National Politics Editor for Politico.

Q & A: Bloomberg News White House Correspondent Julianna Goldman. She discusses her career reporting on President Obama from the beginning of his candidacy in 2007 until the present day. Goldman talks about her role in preparing for presidential news conferences, and she recounts her experiences traveling with the White House press corps on Air Force One…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes:  The Pledge – Steve Kroft takes a look at Grover Norquist, the man many blame for holding up the deficit-reduction process because of the anti-tax pledges he has obtained from nearly all the Republican politicians in Washington. Stem Cell Fraud – Stem cells still have not proven to be the panacea many claimed they could be, yet the Internet is alive with stem cells for sale to treat incurable illnesses. Scott Pelley reports on one man offering to treat cerebral palsy who a respected stem cell researcher says could be endangering patients. The Sport of Kings – Polo is one of the oldest organized sports in the world and its leading star, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, plays it with a style befitting his other role as the face of Ralph Lauren’s iconic fashion brand, Polo. Lara Logan reports.

To the Contrary:  The new Republican Party platform, the remarks of Rep. Todd Akin about rape and two rape survivors on how this will all impact the election. Then, new data showing full-time working moms are healthier and stay at home moms. And, Behind the Headlines: Cost of hope. One woman shares her journey of navigating the health care system during her husband’s terminal illness.

Univision’s Al Punto:  Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce and Chair of the Trade Policy Advisory Group for the Mitt Romney Campaign; Rosario Marin, Former United States Treasurer; Henry Cisneros, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Alfonso Aguilar, Republican Analyst; Adolfo Franco, Republican Analyst.

Virtually Speaking:  RJ Eskow joins Dave Johnson from the Virtually Speaking Media Panel for an alternative to the Sunday morning network ‘news’ shows. Culture of Truth provides the most ridiculous moment. Follow @dcjohnson @rjeskow @bobblespeak, 9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon:  The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?  “Since September 11, 2001, a growing chorus has warned that Western society and values are at risk of being overrun by a tide of Islamic immigrants. These sentiments reached their most extreme expression in July 2011, with Anders Breivik’s shooting spree in Norway. Breivik left behind a 1500 page manifesto denouncing the impact of Islam on the West, which showed how his thinking had been shaped by anti-immigrant writings that had appeared widely in books and respectable publications. In The Myth of the Muslim Tide, Doug Saunders offers a brave challenge to these ideas, debunking popular misconceptions about Muslims and their effect on the communities in which they live.”  Chat with Doug Saunders about his new book, hosted by Siun.  5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday:  Samsara. “Samsara is a nonverbal film described by the makers as a “guided meditation”.  The film uses very high quality images, scenes of nature and mankind to stimulate the viewer.  The film contains no plot or actors, although there are several performers in the film. Samsara is Ron Fricke‘s 2011 follow-up to Baraka.”  Come join the discussion with Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET.

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