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Sunday Talking Heads: February, 9, 2014

ABC, CBS, CNN start out with Sochi Terror! and I’m sure we’ll all learn many things.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Sochi threats. House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable:
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), S.E. Cupp, David Plouffe, Jeff Zeleny.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips from Sochi. Then, Rep. Peter King (R-NY). “There are few on Capitol Hill who know more about national security and foreign affairs than King. He’ll join me to talk about the new terrorism threats against the Olympics, which he recently said are ‘very concerning.'” Plus, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Roundtable: Michele Norris of NPR, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times, CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan, and CBS News political director John Dickerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Janet Napolitano, head of the U.S. delegation to Russia and former Secretary of Homeland Security, from Sochi. Then, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, diplomat Nicholas Burns, and Russian expert Dimitri Simes. Roundtable: CNN Contributors Cornell Belcher, Ana Navarro, and A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor for The Hill newspaper.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report and Obamacare with Sen Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sen Ben Cardin (D-MD) “about the latest bad news for the President’s signature law.” Syria with Rep Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA), from the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Roundtable: George Will, Julie Pace, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams. Power Player of the week – Toni Hiley, Curator of the CIA Museum.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil. As the showdown nears for the Keystone XL pipeline, environmentalist Bill McKibben says it’s time for President Obama to stand up to oil companies and just say no.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. Then, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Also, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, authors of “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. ”
Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell, David Brooks, E. J. Dionne, Mona Sutphen, Mike Needham.

NEWSMAKERS: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks about Congress and his potential run for President in 2016. He expresses his views on immigration reform, the NSA’s data collection program, the President’s use of executive orders, and the Affordable Care Act.

Q & A: Bernard Tate, the former producer for C-SPAN in London since 1988. He retired at the end of 2013. He shares recollections of memorable moments during his 25-year career with the network. Tate provides insights into what happens behind the scenes at the British Parliament. He describes the pomp and formality of ‘Black Rod’ and the House of Lords during the traditional opening of Parliament each year. Tate goes over many prominent figures in the Parliament that he covered during his tenure as a journalist, including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Betty Boothroyd, and even Dennis Skinner, former Labour Party Leader and current Member of Parliament. There are vast differences between the American and British governments, Tate notes. He describes what makes the two styles of government so different. He also speaks to the differences of the major British political parties; the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, and the Liberal Democrats. He compares and contrasts them to the political parties in the United States.

RELIGION & ETHICS: UN Report on Vatican Child Sexual Abuse; Coping with Loss and Grief; India’s Sacred Cows [literally]. A conversation with National Catholic Reporter senior analyst Rev. Thomas Reese on the UN’s criticism of the Vatican’s handling of the priestly sex abuse crisis; grieving and learning to live with the loss of a loved one; and the age-old Hindu reverence for cows in modern India.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Sochi Olympics and LGBT Rights. UN Demands Vatican Investigate Abuse. EEOC Chair Chai Feldblum. Panel: IWF’s Hadley Heath, Progressive Commentator Anushay Hossain, Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen, Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador (R), Idaho District 1; U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D), California District 34; Rubén Aguilar, Writer, Former Press Secretary of Mexico; León Krauze, Univision News Anchor- KMEX 34, Los Angeles; Lourdes Del Río, Univision News Correspondent.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: digby & David Dayen comment on the postal banking proposal; ACA and entrepreneurship; bipartisan McCarthyism from Mike Rogers (R-MI) House Intelligence, and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senate Intelligence. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Sunday 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone. “NATO in Afghanistan explores how government structures and party politics in NATO countries shape how battles are waged in the field. Drawing on more than 250 interviews with senior officials from around the world, David Auerswald and Stephen Saideman find that domestic constraints in presidential and single-party parliamentary systems–in countries such as the United States and Britain respectively–differ from those in countries with coalition governments, such as Germany and the Netherlands. As a result, different countries craft different guidelines for their forces overseas, most notably in the form of military caveats, the often-controversial limits placed on deployed troops. Providing critical insights into the realities of alliance and coalition warfare, NATO in Afghanistan also looks at non-NATO partners such as Australia, and assesses NATO’s performance in the 2011 Libyan campaign to show how these domestic political dynamics are by no means unique to Afghanistan.” Chat with author Stephen M. Saideman and host Hayes Brown, Sunday 5pm ET, 2pm PT.


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