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Sunday Talking Heads: September 8, 2013


Good morning.

Sorry to say, no John McCain today, I hear he’s in Vegas. And Bob Schieffer is psyched! about his roundtable today. Obviously Syria is the hot topic, NSA on the back burner as drums beat for war. The White House sends out White House chief of staff Denis McDonough this morning to convince you people you need this.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Syria with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  Then, Benghazi with Gregory Hicks, foreign service veteran and former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya.  Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Donna Brazile, Dan Senor, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Greta Van Susteren, former FBI special agent Ali Soufan, Brian Ross, Pierre Thomas.  Spotlight: new mom Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Syria with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.  Plus, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).  Plus, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).  Roundtable: “one of our best panels of analysts ever” Bob Woodward, Bill Kristol, David Sanger, David Ignatius, Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute.  And then reporters Elizabeth Palmer and Clarissa Ward on Syria.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:   Syria with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.  Plus likely “No” votes Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).  Dr. Sanjay Gupta will report on Syrian refugees.  Roundtable:  Stephanie CutterVan JonesAna NavarroDavid Frum.  Then, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). 

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Syria with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.  Then, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).  Roundtable:  Brit Hume, Howard Kurtz, Karl Rove, Juan Williams.

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MOYERS & COMPANY:  What Are We Doing in Syria?  Guest host Phil Donahue examines the deadly civil war in Syria and the consequences of another American intervention in the Middle East. Guests include NPR Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos and historian and analyst Andrew Bacevich.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Syria with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.  Then, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and Rep. Pete King (R-NY). Also, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM).  Roundtable:  Newt Gingrich, David Axelrod, Jane Harman, Chuck Todd.


Q & A:  A. Scott Berg, Woodrow Wilson biographer.

RELIGION & ETHICS:  Debating Intervention in Syria, Guantanamo Ethics, Buddhist University in India.

60 MINUTES:  March of the Machines – Steve Kroft reports on technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs.  The 9/11 Museum – Lesley Stahl gets an in-depth look at the National September 11 Memorial Museum currently under construction seven stories below ground at ground zero.  Michael Jackson – “60 Minutes” cameras were given access to Michael Jackson’s personal possessions for a story about the king of pop’s lucrative legacy. Lara Logan reports.

TO THE CONTRARY:  Topics: Will Young People Save Obamacare? Interracial Couples: Cohabitation vs. Marriage. Madam President – EMILY’s LIST Stephanie Schriock. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer, Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers, The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador (R), District 1, Idaho; U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D), District 29, California; Rita Moreno, Actress, Singer and Dancer; Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: RJ Eskow and Cliff Schecter tonight, plus political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @CliffSchecter @RJEskow @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  The FDL Book Salon for Warrior Princess (Kristin Beck), by Anne Speckhard and Kristin Beck, is being rescheduled to a later date.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Bomb It 2. “Bomb It 2 explores the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.” Join host Lisa Derrick and filmmaker/author Jon Reiss for the discussion, Monday 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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