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Sunday Talking Heads: February 17, 2013

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Good morning!

Looks like Bob Schieffer is still all a-Benghazied. And President Obama’s new chief of staff is making the rounds today. Aaand one more Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union, this one’s from Paul Ryan. How many do they get?

FDL Book Salon this afternoon is Abraham Lincoln and his love of geometry (who knew?). Movie Night Monday is schoolkids and poetry. Also, Virtually Speaking tonight is Avedon Carol and Susie Madrak.

Your listings:


ABC’S THIS WEEK:   Jonathan Karl hosts.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) “gives his response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, in a “This Week” Sunday exclusive.”  Then, newly-appointed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.  RoundtableGeorge WillRep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX)Newt GingrichRuth Marcus; and Romney 2012 campaign senior adviser Stuart Stevens.  Plus, Dr. Ben Carson, “Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, gives his diagnosis for the current state of our union and discusses his recent remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Newly-appointed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.  Then, Haley Barbour and Cory Booker. Also, Cardinal Wuerl “on the Pope front.”  RoundtableTom Ricks, David Ignatius, Margaret Brennan.  Roundtable 2Amy Walter, Michael Gerson, John Dickerson.

CHRIS HAYES:  The pope, the no-fly list, climate change. Ben Jealous, President and CEO of NAACP.  James Poulos, producer for HuffPost Live.  Jamie Manson, columnist for the “National Catholic Reporter.”  Gadeir Abbas, staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Saadiq Long, U.S. Air Force veteran who was barred from boarding a flight from Oklahoma to Qatar.  Tyson Slocum, producer for HuffPo Live.  Jen Daskal, fellow at Georgetown University’s Center on National Security and the Law.  Bill McKibben, founder of  Michael Brendan Dougherty, national correspondent for “The American Conservative.”  Father Bill Dailey, Roman Catholic priest, University of Notre Dame Law School.  Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).  Then, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).  Plus, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).  RoundtableSteven LaTourette, former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, Jeff ZelenyDana Bash.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:   Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).  RoundtableKarl Rove, Bob Woodward, Kimberley Strassel, Juan Williams.

MOYERS & COMPANY:   The Fight to Keep Democracy Alive.  Exploring the virus of money in our politics, and how we need to combat it.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:   Newly-appointed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).   Roundtable:  Lt. Governor of California Gavin NewsomCarly FiorinaAlex CastellanosChris Matthews.  

NEWSMAKERS:   Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, talked about his continuing resolution to fund the federal government.?He argued that his plan extends the current continuing resolution for most agencies, but has more detailed instructions for the Pentagon and and veterans programs.?He also said his plan would avert a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expired.

Q & A:  Historian and author Timothy Naftali discusses the oral history project he conducted during his tenure as Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Between himself and his assistant, Paul Musgrave, there were over 140 interviews performed in various locations throughout the country… (Part One aired January 6, 2013.)


60 MINUTES:  Iron Dome – Bob Simon reports on Israel’s “Iron Dome,” a game-changing defense system that the Israeli Air Force says shot down 85 percent of the rockets its enemies fired into the country from nearby Gaza last November.  Africa Mercy – The world’s largest civilian hospital ship takes volunteer medical staff to the Third World where they have restored sight to thousands of people suffering from cataracts and returned smiles to victims of facial tumors and cleft palates. Scott Pelley reports.  Dame Maggie – Steve Kroft profiles Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith, who, at 78, has reached new heights of stardom due to the popular PBS series.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Meet the New Congresswomen #2:  Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) Suzan Beldene (D-WA), Carol Shea Porter (D-NH), Ann Kuster (D-NH).

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers in the Roman Catholic Church; Representative Raúl Labrador (R-District 1) Idaho; Carlos Indacochea, Political Analyst and George Washington University Professor; Emilio Palacio, Ecuadorian Journalist; Dr. José Rivera, Univision News Chief Medical Correspondent.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:   Susie Madrak, Managing Editor at Crooks and Liars and defender of hippies at Suburban Guerilla talks current events and culture with London ex-pat Avedon Carol, who writes about policy, politics, censorship, culture and health at Avedon’s Sideshow and Eschaton.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason. “For more than 150 years, historians have speculated about what made Abraham Lincoln great. Some point to Lincoln’s study of grammar, literature, and poetry. Others believe it was the deep national crisis that elevated Lincoln’s oratory. Most agree though that he honed his persuasive technique in his work as an Illinois attorney. ¶Authors Hirsch and Van Haften persuasively argue, for the first time, that it was Lincoln’s in-depth study of geometry that gave our sixteenth president his verbal structure.”  Join authors David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften with host William Gormley. Today, 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  “Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about “high school poetry” as we often think of it. It’s about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice.”  Monday, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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