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Sunday Talking Heads: January 5, 2014

Univision Al Punto guest Daniela Liebman – Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

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Steve Benen at Maddow Blog charted the top guests for the Sunday shows in 2013

The general impression is rooted in fact: the Sunday shows love Republicans. “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” “State of the Union,” and “Fox News Sunday,” hoping to reflect and help shape the conventional wisdom for the political world, collectively favor GOP guests over Democratic guests every year, but who were the big winners in 2013?

Steve Benen’s Great 2013 Sunday Show Race Chart

Surprised me that Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) won, McCain only coming in second. Gingrich tried.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), who hasn’t served in public office since resigning in disgrace 15 years ago, was tied for third place with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of only a few Democrats to make the cut.

As for today, Mitt Romney was booked on Fox News Sunday because for reasons known only to God Melissa Harris-Perry & Friends said mean things about his adopted grandson earlier this week. You’d think there’d be something of political import to feature on Fox News this Sunday but poking MSNBC in the eye is more in line with the Ailes/Murdoch business model. TBogg has it covered.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Roundtable: ABC News’ Cokie Roberts, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith. Sunday Spotlight: Bob Woodruff with actor Mark Wahlberg, writer and director Peter Berg, and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell talking about “Lone Survivor”. Then, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Col. Steve Ganyard, USMC (Ret.) and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, U.S. Navy (Ret.) on special operations forces.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Then, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, David Sanger, David Ignatius, John Dickerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling. Then, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). Plus, Joan Biskupic on legal challenges to Obamacare and marriage equality. Previewing Election 2014 with Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report, along with CNN Commentator Cornell Belcher and Mattie Duppler of Americans For Tax Reform.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Mitt Romney. Then, the birth control mandate with Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Amy Walter, George Will, Charles Lane. Plus, Happy Birthdays for Doris K. Goodman.

KORNACKI’S UP: John Fugelsang, Spencer Ackerman, Lynn Winstead.


MOYERS & COMPANY: State of Conflict: North Carolina. North Carolina, long considered the South’s most moderate state, has taken a hard right turn, but Moral Mondays protesters are fighting back. Is this where American politics is heading? Also on the show, the paint industry is ordered to clean up its mess.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: The Obama Economic Agenda with Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling and CNBC’s Jim Cramer. Then, former Homeland Security Secretary, now leader of the Presidential delegation to the Olympic Games, Janet Napolitano. Obamacare stuff with hospital directors Dr. Delos Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. John Noseworthy of the Mayo Clinic. Roundtable: Steve Schmidt, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Judy Woodruff, Chuck Todd.

NEWSMAKERS: Michael Needham, chief executive officer of the advocacy organization Heritage Action for America, talked about the group’s role, the issues it had staked out as most important in 2014, and the issues dividing conservatives and the Republican Party.?Heritage Action opposed the budget deal in Congress, a stand that drew criticism from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in December 2013, who said conservative groups had lost credibility in the budget debate and government shutdown.?Heritage Action was founded in 2010 and its first key issue was opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

Q & A: Marty Sullivan, chief economist for Tax Analysts, a non-profit global provider of tax news and analysis. He is also the contributing editor for the company’s daily and weekly blogs and publications. Sullivan was the subject of a Washington Post profile story by Steven Pearlstein. In the story Sullivan was credited with “shining an early light” on some of the tax avoidance actions taken by major companies to reduce their tax burden in the United States. He says many companies such as Apple and General Electric have chosen to keep money overseas to reduce the amount of money paid in corporate income tax to the U.S.…

RELIGION & ETHICS: Look Ahead 2014. What’s likely to make headlines in the new year? From watching what Pope Francis will do as he finishes his first year to major court cases on religious liberty to immigration reform, the annual look ahead to the top religion and ethics stories for 2014. Roundtable: managing editor Kim Lawton, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, and Kevin Eckstrom of Religion News Service.

TO THE CONTRARY: Special documentary episode on family planning.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: U.S. Representative Ileana Ross-Lehtinen (R), District 27, Florida; Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Univision News Senior International Affairs Contributor; Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona; Elaine King, Financial Expert & Author of “Your Life Plan in the United States;” Daniela Liebman, 11 year old Mexican pianist.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Legalized marijuana and clemency for Snowden enter the sphere of legitimate debate; what we learned in 2013 about how the NSA keeps us safe from terrorism. Digby and Marcy Wheeler form the panel. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @digby56 @emptywheel @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak. Sunday 9pm ET, 6pm PT.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV: Bellingham, Washington.

FDL BOOK SALON: Killing Machine: The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare. “In this shattering new assessment, historian Lloyd C. Gardner argues that, despite cosmetic changes, Obama has simply built on the expanding power base of presidential power that reaches back across decades and through multiple administrations. The new president ended the “enhanced interrogation” policy of the Bush administration but did not abandon the concept of preemption. Obama withdrew from Iraq but has institutionalized drone warfare—including the White House’s central role in selecting targets. What has come into view, Gardner argues, is the new face of American presidential power: high-tech, secretive, global, and lethal.” Come chat with Lloyd C. Gardner about his new book, hosted by Toby Blomé. Read Gardner’s diary, Drone-shaped Ad: What Next?. Sunday 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: This week is a preview for the Golden Globes (January 12th). 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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