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Sunday Talking Heads: December 23, 2012

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Merry Christmas, and may you celebrate Festivus with the rest of us today.

Tune in later today for the FDL Book Salon discussion on Howard Zinn and his speeches. It’s digby and KagroX Virtually Speaking tonight. And Lisa Derrick’s Movie Night theatre Monday presents the schlock treat Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, who will be Forrester and Erhardt?

On the talking head shows today it’s the NRA and gun control, or if you prefer, gun safety; plus the continuing drama of the so-called Fiscal Cliff. Wayne LaPierre appears on Meet the Press. Host David Gregory tweeted a request for questions earlier this week, we’ll see how tough they are and he is in the interview. Culture of Truth will provide the definitive transcript of the encounter later today in The Bobblespeak Translations. Asa Hutchinson, LaPierre’s new-found henchman and head of the NRA’s new solution to the problem of gun massacres, the “National School Shield Program” (that does have a rather Luntzian appeal, doesn’t it?), appears on a couple shows as well. Not sure how a school shield of any kind would protect movie goers and mall shoppers, though. If only more of us had bigger guns…


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Former congressman and DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson, the head of the NRA’s National School Shield Program.  Then, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Roundtable: Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Americans for Tax Reform President and NRA board member Grover Norquist; Matthew Dowd; Peggy Noonan; Katrina vanden Heuvel.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  NRA President David Keene, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). Then, Senator-designate Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). Plus, Ben Affleck on the Eastern Congo Initiative.

CHRIS HAYES:  Goldie Taylor (@GoldieTaylor), MSNBC contributor. Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), MSNBC Policy Analyst and Washington Post columnist. David Sirota (@davidsirota), Author, “Back to the Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now” and host of KHOW-AM’s “The Rundown with Sirota and Brown.” Jane McAlevey, author of “Building the Labor Movement in Obama’s Second Term.” Sarah Deer, assistant professor at William Mitchell College of Law and Citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Akhil Amar, a Yale Law School Sterling Professor of law. Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore City police officer and assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC). Then, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT). Asa Hutchinson, the head of the NRA’s National School Shield Program.  Roundtable: Susan Page, Ron Brownstein, Michael Duffy.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Then, Rick Warren. Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers, Laura Ingraham,  Juan Williams.

MOYERS & COMPANY:  What We Can Learn from Lincoln. Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for Lincoln, talks about America’s 16th president and “the history lesson of politics.”

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: The head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre.  Then, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Roundtable: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Harold Ford, Jr., Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd.

NEWSMAKERS:  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), incoming Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member. Rep. Engel discusses how the House and Senate are weighing the issues arising from the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He also discusses the accountability review board’s report this week about the State Department’s handling of the matter. Engel also discusses other foreign affairs topics. Reporters: Tim Mak, Politico staff writer, and Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy staff writer.

Q & A:  Paul Reid, co-author, with William Manchester of the third and final volume of the historical trilogy “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.” Reid tells how he met and befriended co-author William Manchester who then invited Reid to complete the third volume of the book...


60 MINUTES: The Year of Adele – Anderson Cooper talks to British singing-sensation Adele about her success and the vocal cord surgery that saved her voice. Rodriguez – Singer-songwriter Rodriguez emerged from 40 years of obscurity to become a star, thanks to a film about him and legions of fans in South Africa he never knew he had. Bob Simon reports. Taylor Swift – She writes and sings all her own songs, sells millions of records and she’s just 23 years old. Lesley Stahl profiles music sensation Taylor Swift.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Panelists discuss the future of gun laws in the United States following the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Then, we turn to a look at the stories that had everyone talking all year, with a glance ahead at what’s next for women in 2013.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  Holiday break.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Digby and Dave Waldman — aka KagroX — on the current state of the fiscal myth insanity. And on breaking news.  Plus political satirist Culture of Truth comments on the most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @digby56 @KagroX @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd.  9pm ET, 6pm PT.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV:  After WordsCraig Whitney, “Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment,” hosted by Paul Helmke, former president of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,

FDL’S BOOK SALON:  Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009. “Howard Zinn has illuminated our history like no other US historian. This collection of his speeches on protest movements, racism, war, and US history, many never before published, covers more than four decades of his active engagement with the audiences he inspired with his humor, insight, and clarity.” Come chat with Anthony Arnov about his new book, hosted by Mark Karlin.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  Santa Claus Conquers the Martians “is a 1964 science fiction film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the “bottom 100” list on the Internet Movie Database, and was featured in an episode of the 1986 syndicated series, the Canned Film Festival. It was directed by Nicholas Webster, and it stars John Call as Santa Claus. It also includes an 8-year-old Pia Zadora playing the role of one of the Martian children. The film took on newfound fame in the 1990s after being featured on an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It became a holiday staple on the Comedy Central cable channel in the years following its 1991 premiere. It has since found new life again in the 2000s having been riffed by Cinematic Titanic. The movie was also featured on the current run of “Elvira’s Movie Macabre.”  Watch it online and come join the party! 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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