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Sunday Talking Heads: January 19, 2014

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On the Sunday shows BENGHAZI will not be forgotten! And Meet the Press will definitely cover the embiggening Christie scandal, having scheduled John Wisniewski BEFORE MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki dropped a bombshell Saturday with allegations from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer (D) that Gov. Christie withheld Hurricane Sandy funds to pressure approval for a big money pet project development by The Rockefeller Group. Of course Kornacki’s UP will have more.

Definitely coverage of President Obama’s NSA lecturespeech on the shows. And ABC’s This Week is in Sochi with an interview with Putin. So far only To The Contrary is and Melissa Harris-Perry are covering the Elk River WVA water contamination. There is nothing scheduled about the appaling execution experiment in Ohio this week, but Al Punto will discuss the scheduled execution of a Mexican citizen imprisoned in Texas.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: From Sochi, an interview with Vladimir Putin. Plus, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) on Sochi Games security and President Obama’s proposed NSA reforms. Roundtable: James Carville, Mary Matalin, Peggy Noonan, David Remnick, Tavis Smiley.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: President Obama’s NSA speech with Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). Followed by former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell. Roundtable: Ruth Marcus, David Sanger, and Christi Parsons of the Los Angeles Times.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: President Obama’s NSA speech with House Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Then BENGHAZI & NSA stuff with Sen. Angus King (I-ME). Horse Race Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Republican Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Time’s Michael Crowley.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: President Obama’s NSA speech with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Gen. Michael Hayden. Then, cybersecurity with David Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec. Roundtable: Man’s Man Brit Hume, Robert Costa, Kimberley Strassel, Juan Williams. Power Players of the Week: Dr. Kevin Cleary and Dr. Peter Kim about using 3D printers to create models to aid surgeons.

KORNACKI’S UP:  @davidwchen: I’ll be on @upwithsteve at 8AM tomorrow with @halbfinger @JonBramnick @SenGreenstein to talk about the Australian Open. Right?

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus. Transgender activist CeCe McDonald joins “MHP” for her first interview since being released from prison, along with “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox. Also, the water crisis in West Virginia, what we accomplished in Iraq (if anything), the NSA reforms through a historical lens, and much mor

MOYERS & COMPANY: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, Religion and the Universe. In part two of their conversation, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about the nature of our mysterious universe and whether faith and science can be reconciled.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: President Obama’s NSA speech with Congressional Intelligence Committee Chairs Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Then, NSA and privacy with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Plus, former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Robert Gates. Chris Christie’s mess with New Jersey State Assembly Transportation Committee chair John Wisniewski (D) shares the latest on his investigation of the George Washington Bridge controversy. Followed by Rudi Guiliani. The “And is impeachment really on the table? Will ‘Bridgegate’ and Benghazi be political weapons against Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton in 2016? Plus, will new President Obama’s NSA reforms be enough to quiet the government’s critics?” Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, David Axelrod, Nia-Malika Henderson, Andrea Mitchell.

NEWSMAKERS: Richard Cordray talked about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s revised mortgage rules that took effect in January 2014. The rules were intended to ensure lenders would more carefully evaluate whether borrowers could afford to repay home loans before the loans were approved.?Other topics included revised CFPB regulations for debt collectors, auto lending, financial caregivers for older Americans, and student loans.?After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

Q & A: New York Times staff photographer Doug Mills. He discusses his recent meeting with White House press secretary Jay Carney. Mills and other colleagues from the White House Correspondents Association have complained about being limited in their access to photograph the president. He points out that the official White House photographer, Pete Souza, has unlimited access and follows President Obama “everywhere.” Mills expresses hope that he and others will be granted more behind the scenes access in the future

RELIGION & ETHICS: Camden Priest, Social Entrepreneurship in the Philippines. Father Michael Doyle and his ministry to the poor in Camden, New Jersey; and economist Antonio Meloto’s campaign to fight poverty in his country.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Vatican Under Fire. “Female Viagra” Drug Rejected by FDA. WVa Water Supply. Roundtable: NPR Program Host Avis Jones DeWeever, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy, RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, Republican Strategist Rina Shah, Environmental Working Group Executive Director Heather White.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: U.S. Representative Mario Díaz Balart (R), District 25, Florida; Erika Andiola, Dreamer and Co-Founder “Dream Action Coalition”; Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Univision News Senior International Affairs Contributor; Roy Beck, Founder of Members USA; Mark Krikorian, Executive Director for the Immigration Center; D.A. King, President of Dustin Inman Society; Sandra Babcock, Edgar Tamayo Arias’ Defense Lawyer and professor at Northwestern University’s Law School; Norton Arbelaez, Lawyer, Owner of The Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Riverrock and Dr. Samir A. Sabbag, Psychiatrist at the University of Miami Health System.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Moral Mondays & Truthful Tuesdays spreading to Georgia and South Carolina … fast food strikes; #EcoFail in West Virginia and #GunFail. Commentators Allison Kilkenny & David Waldman [KagroX]. Political satire from Culture of Truth.  Jay Ackroyd moderates.  Links and more here.  9pm ET, 6pm PT Sunday.


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FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Gangland Wire: How The Mafia Lost Las Vegas. “This film documents the rise and fall of Kansas City’s River Quay district, the investigation of which exposed Mafia influence over the Teamsters International Union and Las Vegas casinos.” Join host Lisa Derrick and filmmaker Gary Jenkins Monday for the discussion, 8pm ET, 5pm PT. “During his tenure with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Gary was assigned to this investigation from 1978-1980.” Might be time to re-watch Scorsese’s Casino for background.

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