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Sunday Talking Heads: October 21, 2012


Once again, Stephanopoulos bends over backwards to scrape the bottom of the barrel (interesting visual, don’t you think?), bringing that grifting exploiter of the religious at heart, Ralph Reed, to the table – a man who should be serving his time in prison or at the very least be shunned, not handed any public microphone. Disgraceful! As mauimom says: “Boy, that IS a a fetid swamp: DWS, Rahm, and Greta in addition to Ralph Reed. Yuck.”

I’ll let our man Peterr sum up the rest for us:

You’ll note that on ABC Rahm is a guest, while Van Jones is a panelist, thus avoiding the potential for an on-camera social faux pax or slip of the tongue.

Somehow, I think they’ll also have separate green rooms.

And now, for something completely different . . . a trio of hard hitting shows.

(1) Matt Taibbi answering the question “how far will America’s super-rich will go to keep the One Percent in charge?” should be quite something. The answer, of course, is “as far as necessary.” The fun will be seeing how Taibbi lays it out. Kind of like the old Columbo tv show, where you see the murderer at the beginning and stay tuned to see how the rumpled Peter Falk will unearth the truth.

(2) that foulmouthed woman who got her microphone yanked is on Virtually Speaking.

(3) Bill Black hosting the Book Salon.

Any one of the three is watchable; the trio is incredible.

Sorry to say there is no Movie Night Monday for us, but don’t forget the debate!

And here are the listings:

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week:  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Roundtable: Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Faith and Freedom Coalition founder and chair Ralph Reed; former Obama White House environmental adviser Van Jones, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream; Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; and political strategist and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd.

CBS’ Face the Nation:  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).Then, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden. Roundtable: The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, The New York Times’ David Sanger, TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein and CBS News’ John Dickerson.

Chris Hayes:

Chris Matthews.

CNN’s State of the Union:  Bill Richardson and Newt Gingrich.  Then, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Former Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA). Roundtable: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), CNN Sr. Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and The Washington Post’s Dan Balz.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  Global Lessons: The Road Map for Powering America.

Fox News Sunday:  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC). Also, Frank Newport, Gallup Polls.

Moyers & Company: Plutocracy Rising. Journalists Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland discuss how far America’s super-rich will go to keep the One Percent in charge.

NBC’s Meet the Press:  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Then, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and David AxelrodRoundtable: Democratic Strategist and Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers; Republican strategist Mike Murphy; NY Times Columnist Tom Friedman; and NY Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper.

Newsmakers:  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Budget Committee Ranking Member. Rep. Van Hollen discusses the fiscal cliff, sequestration, tax rates and the House Democratic leadership. Reporters: David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal and Bob Cusack of The Hill.

Q & A:  Author and co-host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep. He discusses his book titled “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi,” which was recently released in paperback. He chose Karachi because he feels the city best exemplifies how a town grows and changes when the population rapidly escalates. He shares the history of Pakistan’s religions and governments, and how they impacted the planning of this city since 1947…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes:  Rocky Mountain High – Of all the states that have legalized the growing and selling of medical marijuana, none has more at stake than Colorado, where a thriving industry has created jobs and revenue. But as Steve Kroft reports, it’s still against federal law. Resignation – In his first interview, Greg Smith, who publicly resigned from Goldman Sachs by writing an editorial in The New York Times, tells Anderson Cooper why. Andy Court and Anya Bourg are the producers. Spielberg – Hollywood’s most successful filmmaker, famous for action and special effects, goes a new way with an historic film on Abraham Lincoln’s quest to abolish slavery. Lesley Stahl profiles Steven Spielberg.

To the Contrary:  GOP nominee Mitt Romney pulls even with President Obama among women voters in swing states. Then, a former Amherst College student brings attention to rape on college campuses. And, Behind the Headlines,’s Joan Walsh asks, what’s the matter with white people?

Univision’s Al Punto: Fabian Nuñez, Noticias Univision Democratic Analyst; Alfonso Aguilar, Republican Analyst; Phillip Arroyo, Chairman of the Young Democrats of America Hispanic Caucus; Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The Libre Initiative; Representative David Rivera, (R), Florida’s 26th District; Joe Garcia, Candidate of the House of Representatives for Florida’s 26th District; Mario Kreutzberger aka Don Francisco.

Virtually Speaking:  Marcy Wheeler, one of America’s great investigative journalists joins Stuart Zechman to discuss political and policy developments of the week Follow @stuart_zechman @emptywheel. Also featuring Culture of Truth‘s identification of the Most Ridiculous Thing That Happened This Sunday on the Sunday morning gasbag programs.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon:  The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins.  “THE PAYOFF examines a culture of power elites in our nation’s capital that is slouching toward plutocracy, an alarming tale of reformers with the best of intentions running headlong into institutional failure and influence-peddling politics. It’s the story of a twenty-month struggle to hold Wall Street executives accountable for securities fraud, to stop stock manipulation by high-frequency traders, and to break up too-big-to-fail megabanks. In this book, we experience a US senator’s vigorous crusade—side-by-side with his most trusted advisor—against Wall Street’s irresponsible risk-taking that destabilized the American economy…” Come chat with Jeff Connaughton about his new boo, hosted by our friend Bill Black.

FDL Movie Night: Postponed due to debate coverage.

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