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Sunday Talking Heads: September 29, 2013

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“Congress has two jobs to do: pass budgets and pay the bills it has racked up.” –President Obama


ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Bill Clinton.  Then, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  RoundtableMatthew Dowd, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Bill Kristol, Paul Krugman. Plus, “Sunday Spotlight” on retired U.S. Army Ranger Jeff Struecker “Black Hawk Down” twenty years later.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Sen. Rand Paul (R-TX), Sen. Dick Durbin(D-IL), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).  Roundtable:  Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib, Washington Post’s David Ignatius, CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward, and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), one of Boehner’s top deputies. Then, Sen. John Barrasso, MD (R-WY)and former Vermont Governor and DNC Chief Howard Dean, MD on Obamacare. Roundtable: Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, Former U.S. Congressman Artur Davis, Washington Post Columnist Ruth Marcus, CNN Commentator Ben Ferguson.


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MOYERS & COMPANY:  Saving the Earth from Ourselves.  Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo discusses the politics of climate change and the urgency of environmental activism. Plus, a Bill Moyers essay on a recent speech by the pope decrying the global economy for what it’s doing to the jobless.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “As Congress digs in over Obamacare and the budget, are both parties prepared to take the economy over the edge?” Roundtable: Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), former Republican Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, Chris Matthews.

NEWSMAKERS:  Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks about U.S. energy policy and efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a plan released by the Administration last Friday to cut emissions from new power plants.

Q & A:  President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove. He discusses his twenty-five year career at the clinic. He talks about recent remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), among others, regarding the clinic’s upcoming jobs and budget cuts. Dr. Cosgrove offers his thoughts on the future of medical costs in the United States, and the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act, referred to as Obamacare…   [for more on the cost cuts]

RELIGION & ETHICS:  Pakistan’s Christians, Implementing Obamacare.

60 MINUTES:  The Secretary of State – Secretary of State John Kerry describes the concrete steps Iran would need to take to have sanctions removed that were imposed because of its nuclear program. Scott Pelley interviews.   Imminent Danger – Steve Kroft examines America’s mental health system, which many believe is failing those with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia, the brain disease the Washington Navy Yard shooter and many other mass murderers showed symptoms of.  Bill O’Reilly – Bill O’Reilly’s book, “Killing Jesus” is not religious and contradicts parts of the Bible, but O’Reilly tells Norah O’Donnell that he is using God’s gifts in a positive way.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: The Catholic Church and Social Issues. Mary Johnson: An Unquenchable Thirst. Political Donations and Women. Panelists: Former Bush White House Aide Mercedes Viana Schlapp,Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy, Author and Political Analyst Lara Brown.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Otto Pérez Molina, President of Guatemala; U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R), District 10, California; U.S. Representative Joe García (D), District 26, Florida; Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Former Energy Secretary; Jaime Camil, Mexican Actor, Singer and Host.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Political & social commentators Dave Johnson & David Waldman & Jay Ackroyd offer a counter point to the Sunday morning talk shows. They compare notes from their observations, investigations and considerations of the past week. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.  Follow @dcjohnson @kagrox @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak.


FDL’S BOOK SALON:   The Vertical Farm Feeding the World in the 21st Century.  “Imagine a world where every town has their own local food source, grown in the safest way possible, where no drop of water or particle of light is wasted, and where a simple elevator ride can transport you to nature’s grocery store – imagine the world of the vertical farm.”  Chat with Dr. Dickson Despommier, Ph.D. about his new book. Hosted by Paul Hardej.  5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  Informant “examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood.  In 2005, Darby became an overnight activist hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to Lisa Derrick and Director Jamie Meltzer for the discussion, 8pm ET, 5pm PT Monday.

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