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Sunday Talking Heads: December 15, 2013

Monday’s Movie Night: Old Dogs & New Tricks

it’s Morningtime! Who has the coffee?

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to McCain, he’s baaaack.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Martha Raddatz in Vietnam with Secretary of State John Kerry. Roundtable: Cokie Roberts, Newt Gingrich, Robert Reich, Ana Navarro. Sunday Spotlight: New York Times investigative reporter Andrea Elliott discusses “Invisible Child,” her portrait of Dasani, one of the thousands of homeless children in NYC.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Senate Minority whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Roundtable: CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward, Tom Friedman of the New York Times, Radhika Jones of TIME, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View. Then, coverage of Nelson Mandela’s burial with Deborah Patta of CBS News, South African journalist and CBS consultant Tim Modise, Allen Pizzey of CBS News, and John Carlin, author of “Knowing Mandela” and “Invictus”.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Global hotspotting with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Budget stuff with Peter Orszag, Doug Holtz-Eakin, and Time Magazine Assistant Managing Editor Rana Foroohar. Roundtable: Dana Milbank, Amy Walter, Ramesh Ponnuru.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Budget stuff with Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI). Reflections on the Sandy Hook Massacre anniversary with Carlee Soto, sister of victim Victoria Soto. Plus, Mark Kelly, Gabrielle Giffords’ husband and Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Gunfighter Nation. As the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy approaches, Bill speaks with cultural historian Richard Slotkin about violence in America. Plus, a Moyer’s essay on our gun culture.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Budget stuff with Budget Committee Chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Then, Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA. Roundtable: Bill Richardson, TIME magazine Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs, Kathleen Parker and Nation Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep.

NEWSMAKERS: House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) talks about the impact of the bi-partisan budget deal, developed by Budget Chairs Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on federal spending and the appropriations process.

Q & A: Historian and author Margaret MacMillan. She discusses her latest historical narrative titled, “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.” She describes in detail the assassination in 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. She cites reasons as to why his death led to the outbreak of World War I. MacMillan realized she could not simply start at 1914 to begin her chronicle. She said the “temptation with history is you always go back and back.” She establishes a context beginning in the 1890s to explain some underlying causes for an imminent war. In addition, she discusses America’s reluctance to enter World War I and its subsequent role in the conflict. […]

RELIGION & ETHICS: Mormon Missionary Expansion, El Salvador Abortion Ban, Sufi Whirling Dervishes. More than 80,000 Mormon missionaries are now serving around the world; all abortions are against the law in this Central American country; and this dancing by Sufi Muslims is also a spiritual offering.

A Deal for Snowden? – NSA leak task force leader says a deal with Snowden is worth discussing, but the general who heads the NSA is against any deal. [digby says]
The Persecution of Egypt’s Coptic Christians – “60 Minutes” reports on the Copts, Egypt’s Christians who have suffered one of their worst periods in nearly 2,000 years.

TO THE CONTRARY: Panelists discuss what it means for the rights of women represented by unions as Michigan becomes the 24th right-to-work state, the United Nations criticizes the Afghan government for failing to implement the laws that protect women. And, Behind the Headlines: why it is important to have women on corporate boards.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: José Mujica, President of Uruguay; U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D), District 28, Texas; Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Pedro Abramovay, Former Brazilian Secretary of Justice and Open Society Foundations Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean; Mariana Atencio, Fusion Anchor, The Morning Show; Tomas Ocaña, Univision News’ Investigative Unit Correspondent.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Joan McCarter and Stuart Zechman offer a counterpoint to the Sunday Morning talk shows. Plus a ridiculous moment from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @JoanMcCarter @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd. 9pm ET, 6pm PT Sunday.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV. After Words: Nicholas Carnes, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making.

FDL BOOK SALON: Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. “A compelling study of the spirit that drove this watershed movement, Thank You, Anarchy vividly documents how the Occupy experience opened new social and political possibilities and registered a chilling indictment of the status quo. It was the movement’s most radical impulses, this account shows, that shook millions out of a failed tedium and into imagining, and fighting for, a better kind of future.” Join author Nathan Schneider and host Kevin Gosztola for the discussion. 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Old Dogs & New Tricks. “Does (sex) life end for gay men as they approach 50? That’s the question explored by the comedic, fast-paced, and serialized web series “Old Dogs & New Tricks”, through the friendship and tribulations of four diverse and otherwise successful West Hollywood men – each one located squarely within middle age. Los Angeles (in general) and West Hollywood (in particular) adds a strong flavor to Old Dogs & New Tricks, with its traffic, plastic surgery, and strongly youth-obsessed culture. But the focus remains on how different gay men react (or overreact) and adjust (or not) to getting older.” Join host Lisa Derrick and her guests, Leon Acord (Exec Producer, Actor, Writer), Lawrence Whiting (Exec Producer) Monday night, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.. WATCH ONLINE at Hulu.

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