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Sunday Talking Heads: October 20, 2013

John McCain is back!. CNN’s State of the Union has an exclusive with Ted Cruz, but he cheats on them with an appearance on ABC’s This Week.


ABC’S THIS WEEK:   House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the budget battles in Washington.  Roundtable:  Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), ABC news political analyst Matthew Dowd, and New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker, author of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.  Sunday Spotlight: actress Lupita Nyong’o and 12 Years A Slave.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Plus, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on the next steps. Then, Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics.  Roundtable:  Stuart Rothenburg of the Rothenberg Political Report, Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, Time Magazine’s Rana Faroohar and the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  Then, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  Roundtable:  Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL).  Then,  Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Senate Majority Leader, and Sen Roy Blunt (R-MO), Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference.  Roundtable:   Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Charles Lane.

KORNACKI’S UP:’s Dafna Lizner (@DafnaLinzer) April Ryan with American Urban Radio Networks (@AprilDRyan).’s Evan McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcSan).  Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, fellow at the Center for Politics at the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas (@DrVMDS).  NPR’s sports reporter Mike Pesca (@pescami).  Historian Sean Wilentz (@seanwilentz).  msnbc’s Krystal Ball (@krystalball).


MOYERS & COMPANY:  America’s Political Breakdown.  Economics commentator Martin Wolf views the debt ceiling as the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb the US has aimed at itself.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, predictor of the dot-com bust and housing bubble, on the prospects of solving the current fiscal stalemate.  Roundtable:  NY Times Columnist David Brooks; Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne; host of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Maria Bartiromo; and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

NEWSMAKERS: Rep. Chis Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, talked about the agenda of the 29-member conference committee that would try to reach an agreement on a federal budget after the two-week government shutdown.

Q & A:  Author and historian Tevi Troy. He discusses his new book What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in The White House. He describes the book as a tale of how presidents have been shaped by culture, and how they have helped shape popular culture. He describes the reading and movie viewing habits of many chief executives and he describes the White House movie theater and its many uses over the years…

RELIGION & ETHICS:  12 Years a Slave, Lawyers for Justice, Conservative Judaism Centennial.  “We preview the new movie “12 Years a Slave” which opens nationwide this weekend and depicts the complex relationships between slaves, slaveowners, and religion; talk with a New York lawyer who wants to make legal services available to all in Southeast Asia; and look at the challenges facing Conservative Judaism as the movement celebrates its centennial.”

60 MINUTES:  Washington’s Open Secret – Leadership PAC money has become just another slush fund for Congress, says former Federal Election Commission Chair Trevor Potter. Steve Kroft reports.   Dick Cheney’s Heart – Dick Cheney says his current health is “a miracle” in a frank discussion of the heart disease he suffered over his entire political career. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.   Return of the Humpback – Scott Pelley travels from the Southern Ocean to the South Pacific on the trail of the humpback whale.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Female Senators End the Shutdown. Janet Yellen Inspiring Young Women. Interview with Frmr. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Panelists: Megan Beyer of the Gender Equality Project, Hadley Heath Sr. Policy Analyst Independent Women’s Forum, Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, Republican Strategist Rina Shah.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  President Barack Obama; U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D), Nevada and Senate Majority Leader; Dean McFalls, Catholic Priest; Pablo Ramírez, Anchor Univision Deportes.



FDL’S BOOK SALON:  Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, The Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet.   “Hacking Politics is a firsthand account of how a ragtag band of activists and technologists overcame a $90 million lobbying machine to defeat the most serious threat to Internet freedom in memory. The book is a revealing look at how Washington works today – and how citizens successfully fought back.”  VIDEO.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:  When I Walk.  “In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.” Join host Lisa Derrick with guests Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook for the discussion, 8pm ET, 5pm PT, Monday.

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