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Sunday Talking Heads: September 15, 2013

John McCain sighted at Al Punto!


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  President Barack Obama.  RoundtableCokie RobertsMatthew DowdPaul GigotRep. Justin Amash (R-MI),Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MS).

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Syria. Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI), ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). Then, former Secretary of State Madeleine AlbrightRoundtable:  David Gergen, Michael Gerson, Peggy Noonan, Susan Page. Plus, a preview of John Miller’s “60 Minutes” interview with former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Syria. Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI), and a panel of lawmakers: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).  RoundtableSE Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Neera Tanden, Cornell Belcher.  Then, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). Then, Former Chief Weapons Inspector David Kay, Fmr. CENTCOM Commander in Chief Gen. Anthony Zinni, and Former U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, AEI’s Danielle Pletka, Former Chief of Staff to Leon Panetta Jeremy Bash, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarro.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).  Roundtable:  Brit Hume, Jane Harman, Bill Kristol, Charles Lane.

Kate Nocera, capitol hill reporter, (@KateNocera)
Philip Bump, writer, (@pbump)
Amy Davidson, sr. editor, The New Yorker (@tnycloseread)
Rep Alan Grayson (D) Florida (@AlanGrayson)
Rev. Joe Watkins, fmr. WH aide to Pres. G H.W. Bush (@RevJoeWatkins)
Fmr.  Rep. Martin Frost (D) Texas
Chris Kofinis, democratic strategist, fmr. Communications Director for John Edwards 2008 Presidential campaign (@ChrisKofinis)
Ginger Gibson, reporter, Politico (@GingerGibson)
Selena Roberts, fmr. sports writer, New York Times & Sports Illustrated, founder & CEO, a digital sports network (@SelenaRoopstigo)
Susan Ware, historian & author, “Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports”
Mike Pesca, sports reporter, NPR (@pescami)


MOYERS & COMPANY:  The Collision of Sports and Politics.  Dave ZirinThe Nation magazine’s first ever sports writer, joins Bill to discuss the collision of sports with politics and why it’s newsworthy. Also: An essay from Bill on a potential military strike in Syria.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Armed Services Committee member Roy Blunt (R-MO).  Roundtable I:
Tom Friedman, Robin Wright, Jeffrey Goldberg, Andrea Mitchell.  Roundtable II: Bob Woodward, Richard Wolffe, Kathleen Parker, Ana Navarro.

NEWSMAKERS:  Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), House Armed Services subcmte. chair with responsibility for the largest accounts in the Pentagon budget, discusses Pentagon funding, the sequester and its impact on the military and whether the strength of the military has been affected.

Q & A:  Author and retired Army officer Andrew Bacevich. He discusses his newly released book titled, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” Bacevich talks about the current issues facing the United States armed forces, tracing them back to the war in Vietnam. He describes his own tour of duty in Vietnam as an Army first lieutenant. He details the struggles the American military faced in that conflict, including low morale, drug addiction and more. Bacevich suggests that the all-volunteer army is bad for troops and bad for the country. …

RELIGION & ETHICS:  Syria Conflict, Birmingham Church Bombing 50th Anniversary, Kever Avot.

60 MINUTES:  Syria – In the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack in the Syrian civil war, Charlie Rose speaks to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Scott Pelley interviews President Obama.  The Briefer – Until recently, Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell was the man who briefed President Obama on the situation in Syria and other security issues. In his first TV interview, Morell tells CBS senior correspondent John Miller what he told the president and what he feels needs to be done to prevent Syria from becoming a terrorist haven.  Rocky Mountain High – Of all the states that have legalized the growing and selling of medical marijuana, none has more at stake than Colorado where a thriving industry has created jobs and revenue but, as Steve Kroft reports, it’s still against federal law.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: UN survey in Asia that sheds light on a worldwide problem: sexual assault; parents who give away their kids to strangers on the internet; and why having one child may be the way to go. Panelists: Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy, National Network to End Domestic Violence President Kim Gandy, Republican Strategist Rina Shah.

UNIVISION’S AP PUNTO: U.S. Senator John McCain (R), Arizona; U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), New Jersey; U.S. Representative Jose Serrano (D), District 15th, New York; Ismael Cala, Anchor and Producer for CNN en Español and Host of “Cala”; Ana Roca Castro, Founder of LATISM.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Stuart Zechman and Avedon Carol, plus Culture of Truth.  Jay Ackroyd hosts.   9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:  THIS TOWN: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital.  “In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning—and often hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.”  Come chat with Mark Leibovich about his new book, hosted by Christina Bellantoni.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  Best Kept Secret.  “A Newark, NJ teacher struggles to prepare her students with autism to survive in the brutal world that awaits them once they graduate.”  Join Lisa Derrick and her guests director Samantha Buck and producer Danielle DiGiacomo for the discussion.  8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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