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Sunday Talking Heads: January 12, 2014

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No surprise, the Chris Christie scandal dominates the talk shows Sunday morning. Bob Schieffer invited Marco Rubio on to ask him how bad he feels about it. Chris Wallace chooses to ignore the unpleasantness. Candy Crowley beats the racehorses of 2016, and yes, there will be McCain.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Chris Christie scandal with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and then crisis management expert Judy Smith, the inspiration behind the hit ABC show “Scandal.” Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David Plouffe. Then Women in the Workplace Roundtable: Good 360 Chair and former Hewlett-Packard Chair and CEO Carly Fiorina; U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannie Leavitt, the first female fighter pilot and first female active duty fighter wing commander; Atlantic contributor and New America Foundation program director Liza Mundy, author of “The Richer Sex”; and Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, author of “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Chris Christie scandal with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Then, New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski who is leading the investigation. Followed by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on poverty and congressional remedies, if any. Roundtable: Rana Foroohar of Time, Michael Gerson of The Washington Post, John Harris of Politico, and Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal. Wrapping up with Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Horse Race 2016 with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). Then, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on the Chris Christie scandal and more. 2016 Roundtable: RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, and Karen Tumulty, National Political Reporter for the Washington Post.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Chris Christie scandal with Nobody. Then, poverty with Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), Chair of the Republican Study Committee’s Anti-Poverty Initiative, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee. Plus, “Al Qaeda resurgence in Iraq” with Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Roundtable: George Will, Bob Woodward, Karl Rove, Juan Williams.

KORNACKI’S UP: “On our panel, we’ll be joined by the NJ Dem @SenatorLesniak, WSJ’s @heatherhaddon, fmr Christie running-mate Rick Merkt & @jbouie” @SteveKornacki


MOYERS & COMPANY: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New Cosmos. This week, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about his redux of the famous Carl Sagan series, and why science and science literacy matter in a democracy.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Chris Christie scandal. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus. Roundtable: Democratic Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Wall Street Journal Columnist Kim Strassel; former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs; NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director, Chuck Todd; and TIME Magazine’s Mark Halperin. Then, Robert Gates’ new book with former Rep. Jane Harman, now president of the Wilson Center; Former GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum; Bloomberg View columnist Jeffrey Goldberg; and host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews. Ending with a segment with Maria Shriver and her new on poverty.

NEWSMAKERS: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talked about Congress’s return and what Democrats think should be accomplished in 2014. The first congressional tasks included an omnibus bill to fund the federal government after January 15, 2014, followed by debate on a debt ceiling.?Other topics included extending unemployment insurance, a minimum wage hike, action on tax breaks that expired in 2013, food stamps, a Farm Bill, immigration, and the potential for sanctions on Iran if nuclear talks fail.?After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

Q & A: Author and educator David Bobb. He discusses his new book titled “Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue.” He frames his discussion of humility around the life stories of five prominent Americans. These are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, James Madison, and Abigail Adams. He points out that the people he profiles demonstrated in their lives that greatness and humility are not mutually exclusive. Bobb suggests that in our current political age, America has discarded the vision of the founders and must rediscover humility in order to assure an American future. In addition, he discusses his motivations for writing the book, and talks about his childhood growing up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

RELIGION & ETHICS: Typhoon Faith, Tu B’Shevat, Jews and Humor. Prayer and recovery in the Philippines after Typhoon Hayaan; a Jewish celebration of trees; and the importance of humor in Jewish culture through centuries of persecution.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: The Shriver Report: Low-Income Women. Online Sexism- Interview with Amanda Hess. Ageism- Interview with Lynne Segal. Roundtable: Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer, Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood, Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, Editor, Red Alert Politics Francesca Chambers.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Henry Cisneros, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Juan José Gutiérrez, President, “Vamos Unidos USA”; Sergio García, undocumented lawyer; Carlota Sosa, Venezuelan Actress and Leonardo Padrón, Venezuelan Writer.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Gaius Publius (AmericaBlog) and Avedon Carol (Sideshow) discuss political and policy events of the previous week. With Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd hosts, 9pm ET, 6pm PT, Sunday.


FDL’s Book Salon: There is no Salon today, but we will be covering the Golden Globes.

FDL’s MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Obey: How the Rise of Mass Propaganda Killed Populism. “This is a film based on the book Death of the Liberal Class by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.” Come join the discussion with Lisa Derrick and our friend JP Sottile. 8pm ET, 5pm PT, Monday.

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