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Sunday Talking Heads: May 12, 2013

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Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there! May your breakfast be in bed, the kitchen clean, the flowers fresh, and the dinner out – and nothing but sunshine in between.

Other than that, it’s a Benghazi morning AND you get several helpings of John McCain.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  BENGHAZI! Martha Raddatz host.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).  Foreign Policy RoundtableGeorge Will; former Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Gen. James Cartwright (USMC, Ret.); Ruth Marcus; Jonathan Karl.  RoundtableGeorge Will, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Jonathan Karl, plus former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, author of the new book, “Fighting for Common Ground.”  Congressional Mothers:  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and soon-to-be mother Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  BENGHAZI!  Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  Roundtable:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).   Also, Thomas Pickering, of the Accountability Review Board.  Plus, Maya Angelou and her book Mom & Me & Mom.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  BENGHAZI!  Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) who co-authored a report on security problems at the diplomatic post.  Then, sexual assaults in the military with Congress’ two female Iraq combat veterans: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)  and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).  Roundtable:  Republican Consultant Alex Castellanos, Democratic Strategist Mo Elleithee, Karen Tumulty.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  BENGHAZI!  Sen. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA).  Then, Mark Sanford.  Roundtable:  Bill Kristol, Dennis Kucinich, Kimberley Strassel, Juan Williams.

KORNACKI:  Guns, nullification of federal laws, gay rights.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, CEO and Co-Founder, (@rowefinkbeiner)
Celinda Lake, Democratic Pollster, President, Lake Research Partners (@celindalake)
Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List (@schriock1)
Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion (@mayawiley)
State Sen. David Haley, D-Kan., (@DavidHaleyKS)
Fmr. Sen. Sheila Frahm, R-Kan.
Thomas Frank, Author, What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, Columnist, Harper’s Magazine
Urvashi Vaid, currently Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School  (@UrvashiVaid)
Pat Brady, Former Chairman, Illinois Republican Party (@pat_brady)
Rachel Stassen-Berger, Political Reporter, The Star Tribune (@RachelSB)
State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-Nev., (@katkinson702)

Melissa Harris-Perry.

MOYERS & COMPANY:   How People Power Generates Change.  Activists Marshall Ganz, Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis share how organized people can successfully fight organized money.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:   BENGHAZI!  Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (R-CA).  Also, Thomas Pickering, of the Accountability Review Board.  Roundtable:  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) who is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan;  David Brooks; Katty Kay; and Afghanistan veteran and author Wes Moore.

NEWSMAKERS:  Rep.?Mac Thornberry (R-TX) talks about defense issues – this past week’s Defense Department report on sexual assaults on women, defense spending and the FY2014 DOD budget, what the U.S. should do about Syria, defense issues related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, what to do about the Guantanamo Bay base, the Afghanistan drawdown, and more.

Q & A:  Scott Shane, national security reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times. He discusses his recent New York Times Sunday feature story titled “From Spy to Source to Convict,” an examination of a former C.I.A. officer now in prison for leaking information to a reporter. He details the charges against former agent John Kiriakou, a fourteen year veteran of the agency…


60 MINUTES:  The Rescue of Jessica Buchanan – In her first interview, the American aid worker recounts her terrifying kidnapping, captivity and dramatic nighttime rescue by Navy SEALs in the Somali desert. Scott Pelley reports.  >Succeeding As Civilians – Air Force veteran Mike Haynie, a business professor at Syracuse University, has created a course to teach vets how to start their own businesses. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.  Bill Gates 2.0 – Charlie Rose visits Microsoft founder Bill Gates in his private office, where he shows a personal side that’s rarely seen and displays a priceless Da Vinci manuscript that inspires the billionaire innovator and humanitarian.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Topics: Sexual Assault in the Military.  Young women freezing their eggs.  Mothers’ Day – International Surrogacy.  Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Avis Jones-DeWeever, Tara Setmayer, Hadley Heath of the Independent Women’s Forum Intvus with Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Ca), Brigadier General Wilma Vaught USAF Retired.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Vermont; Jesús Esquivel, Correspondent for Mexican magazine “Proceso” and author of “La DEA en Mexico”; Shannon K. O’Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “Two Nations Indivisible”; Aurora Martí and Altagracia Tejeda, neighbors of Ariel Castro, the man accused in the recent Ohio abductions; La Santa Cecilia, Latin Fusion Band.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:   Stuart Zechman & David Dayen discuss developments of the week; countering the narratives of the legacy media, Lively, informal & informed.  Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.  Follow @Stuart_Zechman @DDayen @Bobblespeak.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:   What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution.  “Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like—and where we can see its outlines, like an image slowly emerging in the developing trays of a photographer’s darkroom, already taking shape.”
Come chat with Gar Alperovitz about his new book, hosted by David Dayen.  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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