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Sunday Talking Heads: May 5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo!

I gotta say, ABC and NBC’s choices today are particularly warmed over, don’t you think? But there’s John McCain again some more – Exclusive! CNN has a promising roundtable on the Roots of Radicalization though, many new faces for that. Melissa Harris-Perry didn’t give a guest list, but if you click on her link, you get a preview of her show for today.

But we have good stuff here, Book Salon’s on the new biography of Rachel Carson, there’s someone who’s made a difference. Movie Night features a short film about a Palestinian boy whose family loses half their home to Israeli settlers and what he does about it, watch it online and come discuss it tomorrow evening. And Avedon Carol and Gaius Publius are Virtually Speaking tonight.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Warren Buffett.  Roundtable:  James Carville, Mary Matalin, Heritage Foundation president and former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts.  Plus, Whoopi Goldberg discusses her new documentary on influential comedian Moms Mabley.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Syria with Chair of the House Government Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, who also has new information on the September 11th attack in Benghazi.[!!!]  Then, Chair of House Intelligence Mike Rogers and the ranking democrat on the committee Dutch Ruppersberger.  Then gays in sports with Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, now free agent, Brendon Ayanbadejo, and former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo. Then again with NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics Ted Leonsis, New York Times sports writer Bill Rhoden and managing editor of Sports Illustrated Chris Stone.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Peter King (R-NY) – House Homeland Security Committee hearings next week. Then, Dick Durbin (D-IL).  Roots of Radicalization Roundtable: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Director of the Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Jessica Stern, former member of the National Security Council under President Clinton and author of DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror; and Suhail Khan, a Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement.  Plus, The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard and Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Benghazi Hearings: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA).  Then, Sen. John McCain.  Roundtable:  Jennifer Rubin, Julie Pace, Nina Easton, Evan Bayh.

KORNACKI:   On Ted Cruz, Obama’s coalition, Syria.
Abby Rapoport, staff writer, The American Prospect (@RaRapoport)
Nate Cohn, staff writer, The New Republic (@electionate)
Joan Walsh, editor-at-large,, msnbc Political Analyst (@joanwalsh)
Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post (@niawapo)
Maria Teresa Kumar, president, Voto Latino, msnbc Contributor (@Mariateresa1)
Michael Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation
Amr Al-Azm, History Professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio and member of the Syrian opposition (@alazmamr)
Andrew Tabler, senior fellow, The Washington Institute and author of In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria


MOYERS & COMPANY:  The Sandy Hook Promise.  Newtown parents Francine and David Wheeler and legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow lift their voices to end gun violence.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Protecting the ‘Homeland’ with Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani; President and CEO of the Wilson Center, former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA); and Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR).  Roundtable:   Newt Gingrich; Harold Ford; Rich Lowry; and MSNBC contributor as well as political columnist for the Miami Herald, Joy-Ann Reid.  Then, former Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker and gay rights supporter Brendon Ayanbadejo.

NEWSMAKERS:  Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, talked from Pensacola, Florida, about key issues facing veterans such as jobs, delays in veterans benefits claims, and why officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had been paid bonuses despite a claims backlog. The VA had 882,000 compensation and disability claims pending that week, including 250,000 that are at least a year old.?Chairman Miller had urged VA Undersecretary Allison Hickey to resign because of the backlog.

Q & A:  Former Michigan Republican Congressman and Reagan administration budget director David Stockman. He discusses his new book titled “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.” He suggests that Wall Street and the Federal Reserve have joined forces to harm the economy, punish savers, and fuel new financial bubbles which he claims will soon burst. He asserts that control of the federal budget has been surrendered to lobbyists, PACS, and special interests which block legitimate attempts to implement real spending cuts…


60 MINUTES:  Counterinsurgency Cops – Counterinsurgency tactics they used overseas in the military are helping law enforcement take back the streets of Springfield, Mass., from criminal gangs. Robin Hood – Inspired by a 1986 60 Minutes story, Paul Tudor Jones founded the Robin Hood Foundation, a charity that has given over $1.25 billion to New York’s neediest. Scott Pelley reports. Invisible Wounds – Tens of thousands of battlefield veterans now suffer permanent brain injuries from concussions-or traumatic brain injuries — received in Afghanistan and Iraq. David Martin reports on a situation the military is only recently coming to grips with.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Topics:  Plan B Controversy Continues.  Are Millennials Spoiled?  “Sex and the Citadel” author Shareen El Feki.  Panelists: Conservative Commentator Nicole Kurokawa Neily, Founder Marjorie Clifton, Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers, (and for third segment)  USIP Director of Iraq, Iran and North Africa Programs Manal Omar.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  Barack Obama, President of the United States; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Julio Borges, Venezuela Opposition Member of Parliament; Juan José Rendón, Political Strategist; Wendy Greuel, Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:   Avedon Carol and Gaius Publius discuss developments of the week; countering the narratives of the legacy media. Informed, lively and informal.  Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.  9pm ET, 6pm PT.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV:  In Depth with Melanie Phillips, a journalist and columnist for the London Daily Mail.  She won the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 1996 and blogged for the Spectator from 2007 to 2011.  Ms. Phillips also wrote the play “Traitors,” performed in London in 1985.  For more on Ms. Phillips and her work, visit

FDL’S BOOK SALON:  On A Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. “Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movement.  She loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international bestseller The Sea Around Us. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world.” Come chat with William Souder about his new book with host Will Potter.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:   My Neighborhood.   “When a Palestinian boy loses half of his home to Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, he joins his community in a campaign of nonviolent protests. Efforts to put a quick end to the demonstrations are foiled when scores of Israelis choose to stand by the residents’ side.”  WATCH ONLINE (25 minutes) then meet with Lisa Derrick and her guests Monday night at 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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