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Sunday Talking Heads: February 10, 2013

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Hi, just firing up the Pancake-omatic here so I can make you breakfast (Marion deserves a day off every now and then, no?). Can someone set the table?

The main topic on the shows this morning is the upcoming State of the Union speech, which of course we will be covering Tuesday evening.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  RoundtablesRep. Tom Cole (R-OK); Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Nicolle Wallace; Stephanie Cutter; Jonathan Karl; Martha Raddatz.  Plus, author George Saunders discusses his critically praised short story collection, “Tenth of December.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).  RoundtableRep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)Jane HarmanJim LewisBob Orr.  Also, The New York Times’ David Leonhardt and The Washington Post’s Kevin Merida.

CHRIS HAYES:  The drone program, Paul Krugman on the recovery. Paul Krugman, Jeremy Scahill, Richard Epstein, Greg Johnsen, Heather McGhee, Hina Shamsi, Dean Baker, Alexis Goldstein.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)Sen. Angus King (I-ME) who argues drones are a humane method of war, with reservations about the executive branch being the judge, jury and executioner.  Then, former Defense Secretary Robert GatesRoundtableRep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Kay Bailey Hutchison, Amy Walter, Jim Acosta.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Then, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  RoundtableBill Kristol, Liz Marlantes, Rep. Tom Cotton (R- AR), Juan Williams.

MOYERS  & COMPANY:  Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide?  Internet scholar Susan Crawford explains how media conglomerates put profit ahead of the public interest, and author Nick Turse shares what we never knew about the Vietnam War.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL).  Roundtable: Democratic Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed; Michael Gerson; Mike Murphy; Katty Kay. Plus, the debate over drones: NBC’s Michael Isikoff.

NEWSMAKERS:  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee. He discusses a range of topics including the recent Congressional Budget Office’s report on Federal debt, the sequestration deadline of March 1, and budget issues before the Congress.  ReportersNancy Cook, National Journal Tax and Budget reporter, and Lori Montgomery, Washington Post Economic Policy reporter.

Q & A:  Bloomberg syndicated columnist and author Amity Shlaes. She discusses her soon to be released biography of the 30th President of the United States, titled “Coolidge.” She traces the life of Calvin Coolidge from his early days in Plymouth Notch, Vermont through his presidency and ultimate return to New England where he died at the age of 60. She states that Coolidge should be remembered for the fact that when he left office in 1929, the federal budget was lower than when he took office in 1923…


60 MINUTES:   Attack in Algeria – Mark Cobb, Steve Wysocki and Nick Frazier, three of the five Americans who survived the al Qaeda attack on an Algerian natural gas facility that resulted in the deaths of 37 foreign workers, recount their ordeals for the first time to Charlie Rose.  40 Million Mistakes – A Steve Kroft investigation looks into the accuracy of the credit reports that American consumers rely on for credit cards and loans.  Lincoln – 60 Minutes explores the character of Lincoln, the president and the man, as seen through the eyes of the team that made the 12-time Oscar nominated film “Lincoln”: best director nominee Steven Spielberg, best actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis and the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, on whose book the movie was based. Lesley Stahl reports.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Meet the New Congresswomen: Tammy Duckworth (D-Il),  Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Cheri Bustos (D-Il), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Senator Robert Menendez (D), New Jersey; Senator John McCain (R), Arizona; Guillermo Cochez, Panamanian Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS); Rita Milla and Manuel Vega, Abuse Victims of Catholic Priests; Andrea Bocelli, Italian Tenor, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Producer and Author.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Legislative analyst Joan McCarter, investigative journalists Marcy Wheeler and Digby consider current events in the political landscape. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning ‘news’ shows at the Bobblespeak Translations. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class.  “This lively popular history speaks directly to the political hopelessness so many Americans feel. By tracing how average Americans took down plutocracy over the first half of the 20th Century—and how plutocracy came back—The Rich Don’t Always Win outfits the 99% with a deeper understanding of what we need to do to get the United States back on track to the American dream.”  Come chat with Sam Pizzigati about his new book, hosted by John Cavanagh.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  Surviving Japan.  “After the Japanese 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster, an American named Chris Noland volunteered in the massive cleanup effort. What he found led him on a path to answers across North East Japan – to the government, to the power company, and to discover the shocking truth.”  Join the discussion with host Lisa Derrick and director Christopher Noland.  8pm ET, 5pm PT Monday.

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