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Sunday Talking Heads: May 26, 2013

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Oklahoma tornado relief is one topic, among others, on the Sunday Talk Show circuit. And sadly, it appears John McCain had other plans this morning.

I would like to bring your attention to Bill Moyers’ interview with Tim DeChristopher. He’s the one who won a protest bid at BLM oil and gas lease auction. After that he was hauled out of there by federal agents, ultimately serving 21 months in jail for the heinous crime of bogus bid protesting. (Do I have to point out that the banksters have yet to be held to account for their very real deliberate thieving crimes, crimes with devastating consequences? I didn’t think so. But Gretchen Morgenson will get to that.)

Locally, FDL Book Salon features The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath. Dave Johnson and Stuart Zechman will be Virtually Speaking later this evening. And Movie Night Monday may or may not be a celebration of sword fighting skeletons.

Happy picnics and parades to all.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Martha Raddatz host. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).  Then, retired Gen. John Allen, former commander of international forces in Afghanistan, on the Petraeus investigation.  ROUNDTABLES: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); former Director of National Intelligence Ret. Admiral Dennis Blair; New York Times national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti; ABC News Senior National Correspondent and Fusion White House Correspondent Jim Avila; Politico senior political reporter Maggie Haberman. Sunday Spotlight: Homeland’s Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also on Intelligence Committee and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).  Also, Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK).  WEATHER ROUNDTABLE:  Chief Climatologist for Climate Central Dr. Heidi Cullen; Time Magazine senior editor of science and technology Jeffrey Kluger; Chief Meteorologist from WFOR David Bernard; President of the American Meteorological Society Marshall Shepherd. Then, David Gergen and Michael Gerson for scandal update.  Finally, Joseph Persico, author of Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He led to Victory in World War II.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK).  Then, Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm and Joplin, Missouri Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean (D). Plus, House Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX)ROUNDTABLERon BrownsteinClarence Page, Newt Gingrich.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham.  Then, Bob Dole.  ROUNDTABLE:  Brit Hume, Charles Lane, Nina Easton, Juan Williams.

KORNACKI’S UP:  Oklahoma and disaster aid, immigration, Apple and taxes.
Marin Cogan, contributing writer, The New Republic & GQ (@marincogan)
Basil Smikle, Jr., political strategist, professor, Columbia University  (@BasilSmikleJr)
Richard Kim, executive editor, (@richardkimnyc)
Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic (@thegarance)
Chris Geidner, senior political and legal reporter, (@chrisgeidner)
Mui Ylan, financial reporter, The Washington Post (@ylanmui)
Frank Clemente, campaign manager, Americans for Tax Fairness


MOYERS & COMPANY:  Going to Jail for Justice.   Tim DeChristopher tells why he spent nearly two years in prison in the name of environmental justice, and Gretchen Morgenson discusses how banks are still too big to fail and too big to trust.


NEWSMAKERS:  Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talked about key issues facing veterans, including jobs for veterans and delays in veterans benefits claims and why the VA is struggling to meet claims. The VA has almost 90 0,000 compensation and disability claims pending and about a quarter of them are a year old or more.?REPORTERS: Washington Post National Reporter Steve Vogel and Politico Defense Reporter Juana Summers.

Q & A:  Tom Goldstein, who co-founded the website SCOTUSblog along with his wife Amy Howe in 2002. Goldstein’s website recently received the 2013 Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media, thus becoming the first blog to ever receive the Peabody. SCOTUSblog also won the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists prize for deadline reporting for its coverage of the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling…


60 MINUTES:  Killing Bin Laden – In this Memorial Day special broadcast, hear the first-hand account of the raid that killed the world’s most wanted terrorist from one of the Navy SEALS who pulled the trigger. “Mark Owen,” a former SEAL who was in the room when Osama bin Laden died from American bullets, speaks to Scott Pelley in his only interview. “Owen,” a pseudonym he uses for security, recalls each step of the mission and the preparation he and the nation’s elite force made for it, in order to give credit to his SEAL comrades and the hundreds of others whose work played a role in the historic event. His riveting account will be in four parts and will be broadcast for the whole hour.

TO THE CONTRARY: TOPICS: Weiner Running for NYC Mayor. Pope’s Campaign Against Greed. Interview with Sen. Olympia Snowe. PANELISTS: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood, National Network to End Domestic Violence President and CEO Kim Gandy, Conservative Commentator Rina Shah.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  U.S. Senator Bob Menéndez (D), New Jersey; Edgardo Briones, Mexico Deputy Consul in Little Rock, Arkansas; Guillermo Fariñas, Cuban Dissident; Eric Garcetti, Mayor-elect of Los Angeles; Ismael García, Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker, Nelson Bocaranda, Venezuelan Investigative Journalist.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Dave Johnson & Stuart Zechman discuss developments of the week; countering the narratives of the legacy media. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath.  “In The End of Big, social media pioneer, political and business strategist, and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member Nicco Mele offers a fascinating, sometimes frightening look at how our ability to stay connected—constantly, instantly, and globally—is dramatically changing our world.” Chat with Nicco Mele about his new book, hosted by Symon Hill.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.


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