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Sunday Talking Heads: December 9, 2012

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Here we are, still teetering on the edge of the Fiscal Cliff, want some coffee while you totter?

This afternoon’s Book Salon is Future Perfect, and Movie Night Monday is The Waiting Room (we’ve all been there). DDay and Cliff Schecter will be Virtually Speaking this evening.

As for the listings, may I suggest Newsmakers with the liberal Gov. Peter Shumlin from Vermont?


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Fiscal Cliff Roundtable: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX); Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ). Roundtable IIJames Carville, Mary Matalin, Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, George Will, Matthew Dowd.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Fiscal Cliff – Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. Then, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Roundtable: Major Garrett newly named CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein, Washington Post’s Michael Gerson, Norah O’Donnell.

CHRIS HAYES: Steve Kornacki hosts. The GOP’s latest deficit offer, the Jovan Belcher tragedy, Dan Savage on marriage equality and the Supreme Court.  Dan Savage (@fakedansavage), nationally syndicated sex advice columnist and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project  Neera Tanden (@neeratanden), president and CEO of  the Center for American Progress. David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ), Reuters columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Author, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)” and distinguished visiting lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law.  Mike Pesca (@pescami), sports correspondent for National Public Radio.  Avik Roy (@aviksaroy), former member of Mitt Romney’s health care policy advisory group, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes The Apothecary, a blog on health-care and entitlement reform, for  David Cullen, author of the New York Times bestseller “Columbine.”  Stephen Barton, survivor of the Aurora, Colorado shooting and outreach policy associate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh), MSNBC political analyst, editor at large of, and author of “What’s the Matter with White People? Why We Long for a Golden Age that Never Was.”

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Fiscal Cliff – Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Then,  International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on tax hikes and spending cuts, the global economy, the Eurozone. Roundtable: Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics, CNN’s Sr. Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Foreign Policy and the Fiscal Cliff – Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) of the Senate Finance Committee and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) of the Senate Banking Committee. Then, Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Michael OrenRoundtable: Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers, Kimberley Strassel, Juan Williams.

MOYERS & COMPANY:  Big Media’s Power Play: What you can do to stop Big Media from controlling more of what we see, hear and read.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Fiscal Cliff – Assistant Majority Leader of the Senate Dick Durbin and top lieutenant to House Speaker Boehner, California Congressman Kevin McCarthyRoundtable: Newt Gingrich; Bloomberg White House Correspondent who interviewed President Obama this week, Julianna Goldman; NY Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper; Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward; and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. Then, Syria.

NEWSMAKERS:  Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, talks about key state issues, including employment and the Affordable Care Act, the “fiscal cliff,” and the 2013 and 2014 elections.?Gov.?Shumlin joined the discussion by video from Brattleboro, Vermont.

Q & A:  Crystal Wright, the editor and publisher of the internet blog “” Wright explains why she named her blog “Conservative Black Chick,” and tells how her upbringing shaped the belief system she holds today. She speaks of the discrimination her father faced when he was the only black man in his dental school program, as well as her mother’s experiences as a little girl attending segregated beaches. Wright discusses how her parents’ resolve in the face of adversity inspired her to be engaged in the political process. She reflects on the election of Barack Obama as the first African American president, and admits that she voted for him in 2008. She later describes her disillusionment with the president’s performance in office and how this has led her to become a sharp critic of his presidency…


60 MINUTES:  The False Confession Capital – It’s hard to believe people would confess to a heinous crime they did not commit, but they do — especially teenagers – -and there is no place in the U.S. where this has occurred more than in Chicago. Byron Pitts reports. The Race To Save The Tortoise – Turtles and tortoises have been roaming the planet for 200 million years, but now many of them are endangered by poachers who can sell some animals for as much as $60,000. Lesley Stahl reports from Madagascar. Hugh Jackman – Scott Pelley profiles the Australian actor known for his “X-Men” role as Wolverine, but who now says he’s doing the “role of a lifetime” as Jean Valjean in the film adaption of the musical Les Miserables.

TO THE CONTRARY:  In a special edition of To The Contrary, host Bonnie Erbé examines the rapidly developing technology behind DNA sequencing and how it may soon make its way into our everyday lives, including helping children with rare diseases.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Jr., Mother and Brother of George Zimmerman; Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs; Pedro Pierluisi, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico; Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director of “United We Dream”; Don Francisco, TeletonUSA Presenter and host of Univision’s “Sábado Gigante.”

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: David Dayen and Cliff Schecter, 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age. “Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good For You, New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview — influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, but not dependent on high-tech solutions — that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking.” Come chat with Steven Johnson about his new book, hosted by Nicco Mele.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  The Waiting Room “is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.”  Come talk with Lisa Derrick and guests Monday night, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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