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Sunday Talking Heads: January 13, 2012

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Hi there.

Well, I guess there won’t be any talk of the Platinum Coin this morning, after all. So you may as well come join us for some sexytime this afternoon instead.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Foreign Policy Roundtable: Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, and ABC News Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz. Then, Political RoundtablePaul KrugmanPeggy Noonan; Al HuntJudy WoodruffDavid Walker, former U.S. comptroller general and founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Plus bipartisanship with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Huntsman, honorary chairs of No Labels.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Joe Manchin,(D-WV).  Then, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, on book tour. Plus Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign, Mayors Against Illegal Gun.  RoundtableJohn Dickerson, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Amy Walter.

CHRIS HAYES:  Diversity in Obama’s cabinet, Brennan & the CIA, accountability for doping in sports. Joy Reid, MSNBC Contributor and managing editor of John McWhorter, professor of Linguistics and American Studies at Columbia University, contributing editor at the New Republic and New York Daily News columnist. Eli Lake, senior national security reporter for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!” and co-author of “The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance & Hope.” Dave Zirin, columnist for The Nation and author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World.” Tara McGuinness, executive director, Center for America Progress Action Fund. Chris Anders, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: NRA President David Keene. Then, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). Also, bipartisanship with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Huntsman, honorary chairs of No Labels.. Roundtable: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jeff Zeleny, Michael Scherer.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, and Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. The Hagel nomination with two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)RoundtableBrit Hume, Bob Woodward, Kimberley Strassel, Evan Bayh.

MOYERS & COMPANY:  Paul Krugman on Why Jobs Come First. The New York Times columnist explains why our top priority should be getting America back to work – if only Washington would stop throwing distractions in the way.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Colin Powell.  RoundtableCory Booker, Haley Barbour, Mike Murphy, Andrea Mitchell.

NEWSMAKERS:  Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) on his priorities as the new Democratic Caucus Chairman in the 113th congress, as well as issues facing the new congress, including the ongoing “fiscal cliff” & debt ceiling debate, immigration, and gun control.

Q & A:  Educator and author Jason Brennan to discuss his latest book titled “Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know.” He suggests that his goal in the book was to make libertarianism seem reasonable to people who aren’t inclined to know much about it. He describes the book as a primer in the political philosophy described as libertarianism. Brennan reviews well known libertarians such as Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman, as well as Adam Smith and John Locke…


60 MINUTES:  March of the Machines – Steve Kroft reports on technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. Justice Sotomayor – In her first broadcast interview, Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to Scott Pelley about her life and career leading up to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the role affirmative action played. Free Diving – In a growing extreme sport in which divers reach great depths on one breath, records are being broken and doctors are increasingly surprised by feats never thought possible. Bob Simon reports

TO THE CONTRARY:  President Obama gets flak for his all-male nominations for top positions in the departments of Defense, State and Treasury. Then, startling statistics about binge drinking among women. And, Behind the Headlines: New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is leading the state with the first all-female federal delegation.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  Maria Corina Machado, Member of Venezuela’s National Assembly; Ricardo Moreno, President, Simon Bolivar Association; Representative Juan Vargas (D), California; Marion Lloyd, Journalist, Harvard student and Researcher for UNAM; Dania Londoño, author of “La Chica de Cartagena” and Colombian woman involved in U.S. Secret Service scandal.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Marcy Wheeler and Digby from the VS Media Panel discuss the developments of the week. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning talk shows.  Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @digby56 @Emptywheel @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd.  9pm ET.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  “How Sex Became a Civil Liberty is the first book to show how and why we have come to see sexual expression, sexual practice, and sexual privacy as fundamental rights. Using rich archival sources and oral interviews, historian Leigh Ann Wheeler shows how the private lives of women and men in the American Civil Liberties Union shaped their understanding of sexual rights as they built the constitutional foundation for the twentieth-century’s sexual revolutions.”  Come chat with author Leigh Ann Wheeler and host Nancy L. Cohen. 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  The Black Tulip. “After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called “The Poet’s Corner,” with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry, perform music and tell their stories. This newfound hope proves to be fleeting as they struggle to maintain their way of life when encountering opposition from lingering factions of the Taliban. “Black Tulip” is a modern portrait of Afghanistan that captures the current plight and resilience of its people. The film was made to give voice to the voiceless people of Afghanistan by telling a story through the eyes of an everyday family from Kabul, who remain hopeful despite constant struggle and tragedy.”  Come chat with Sonia Nassery Cole (writer, director, actress) and host Lisa Derrick, Monday, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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