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Sunday Talking Heads: December 30, 2012

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Happy (almost) New Year! Hard to believe it is already December 30th, *sigh*. But of course next year will be bigger and better! Right?

As for the listings: Candy Crowley at least has Ag Secretary Vilsack on about the Dairy Cliff, but an entire roundtable on Horse Race 2016? – already? – killmenow. Over at Meet the Press, David Gregory had to interrupt his fugitive run vacation to interview President Obama. Presumably the Secret Service will keep any rogue magazines out of the host’s hands. Meet the Press sure assembled the snooZziest roundtable ever.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Jonathan Karl hosts. Fiscal Cliff. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Plus, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Roundtable: former Vermont governor and founder of Democracy for America, Howard Dean; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, president and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable; Politico senior political reporter Maggie Haberman; and Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum. Then, ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga and Leigh Gallagher of Fortune Magazine on fiscal cliff fallout.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Fiscal Cliff. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Roundtable: The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Vanity Fair’s Dee Dee Myers, and TIME Magazine’s Michael Duffy and Joe Klein. Plus, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes with fiscal cliff updates.

CHRIS HAYES:  Former Governor James Florio (D-NJ), Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University. Mayor Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta, GA). Mayor Michael Nutter. (D-Philadelpha, PA). Dylan Glenn, Senior Vice President of Guggenheim Advisors and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Heidi Moore, Finance and Economics Editor for The Guardian newspaper. Kevin Alexander Gray, Contributing Editor to Black News and Contributing Writer to CounterPunch and Black Agenda Report. Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion. Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Rebecca Peters, international arms control advocate who led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Fiscal Cliff.  Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). Then, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the farm bill. 2016 Horse Race Roundtable: CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Gerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal, and Matt Bai of The New York Times Magazine.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Benghazi Fiscal Cliff with gun control. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Evan Bayh, Brian York, Kirsten Powers.

MOYERS & COMPANY:  Rewriting the Story of America. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz straddles two cultures while telling the story of America’s past and future.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Fiscal Cliff.  President Barack Obama. Roundtable: NBC’s Tom Brokaw; historians Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin; the New York Times’ David Brooks; and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

NEWSMAKERS:  Representative-Elect Luke Messer (R-IN).  Representative-Elect Messer discusses the upcoming 113th session of Congress and his priorities as the incoming Republican freshman class president.

Q & A:  Historian and commentator Kevin Phillips to discuss his new historical narrative titled “1775: A Good Year for Revolution.” Phillips suggests that the year 1775 was a critical launching point of both the Revolutionary War and American independence from Britain. He argues that the year 1776 has incorrectly emerged as a watershed year due to historical hype and confusion…


60 MINUTES:  Breakthrough – Humans can now move robotic limbs using nothing but their thoughts, a big step in the development of new robotic prostheses that could improve the lives of millions, including veterans who have lost limbs. Scott Pelley reports. Morten Storm – A former Danish spy claims to have played a crucial role in the controversial CIA drone strike that killed Anwar Al Awlaki, the American-born al Qaeda leader high on the list of wanted terrorists. Lara Logan reports. Judd Apatow – Anderson Cooper profiles the comedy filmmaker behind such irreverent hits as “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Tom Anderson is the producer.

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:  Guest Host: Maria Elena Salinas. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D), Illinois; Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R), Florida; Clarissa Martínez De Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Jorge Mario Cabrera, Spokesperson for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Marco Carvajal, Motivational Speaker.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Political & social commentators Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd discuss recent policy and political developments. Culture of Truth satirizes Meet the Press. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV:  Afterwords. Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick argue that U.S. leaders must chart a course for the future by first honestly facing what they call the country’s troubling history of drifting farther away from its democratic traditions.  They talk with Michael Kazin, Georgetown University history professor and co-editor of Dissent magazine.

FDL’S BOOK SALON: Holiday Break.


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