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Sunday Talking Heads: March 9, 2014

A Very British Witchcraft: Documentary on Gerald Gardner & Wicca


Ukraine and CPAChanalia Sunday. Who better to ask about Ukraine at this time than Dick Cheney. After all, he does know all about invading countries for made-up self-serving reasons (CBS). At least Candy Crowley booked serious guests on the topic. And for you crazy lovers, ABC’s the exclusive only place to see BOTH Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, exclusively both.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Earned Income Tax Credit Extension, Jason Fichtner and Eugene Steuerle. 8:45am – Situation in Ukraine, William Pomerantz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: CPAC – Jonathan Karl with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – “and ‘This Week’ is the only place where you’ll see them both this Sunday.” Then, Ukraine – Martha Raddatz with House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Ana Navarro, Peggy Noonan, David Plouffe. Plus, Sunday Spotlight with Dan Harris on Misty Copeland, the first African-American soloist in two decades at the American Ballet Theatre.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ukraine with Dick Cheney. Plus, retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Jones, former NATO commander. And then Scheiffer reaches back to former Secretary of State James Baker “about the path forward.” Plus, CPAC – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-IL). Roundtable: Rich Lowry of the National Review, CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan, Peter Baker of the New York Times, and Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Ukraine with White House’s Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken. Plus the ambassadors from Lithuania, Žygimantas Pavilionis, and Estonia, Marina Kaljurand. Then, Charlie Crist on the GOP. Roundtable: Donna Brazile, AB Stoddard, Ben Ferguson.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Ukraine with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Then CPAC with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Roundtable: George Will, Jane Harman, Rick Santorum, and Rana Foroohar from TIME.



MOYERS & COMPANY: The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II. Bill continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes. [See also FDL’s Book Salon with Haney López.]

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Ukraine with former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Ivo Daalder, 10 questions. Then, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

NEWSMAKERS: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), chair of the Joint Economic Committee, talked by remote video from Houston about the President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request, tax reform, economic policy, and U.S. employment.?He also discussed the House Republican Conference, immigration reform, and U.S. foreign policy.?After the interview, the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

Q & A: Mary Jo White, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Chair White discusses her time as a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern and then Southern districts of New York. She explains that during that time, she played a role in the prosecution of mobster John Gotti. In addition, she helped in the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden and Ramzi Yousef after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. White suggests that it took a lot of good luck to finally capture Yousef in 1995. She praises the 4,000 employees of the SEC, and says the mission of the SEC is to protect capital markets and investors. She points out that the SEC has an enforcement role but not a criminal investigation role. “We can’t send anybody to jail, but we can assess civil penalties,” she states. She discusses her reasons for entering public service and comments on President Obama’s assertion that “you don’t mess with Mary Jo.”

RELIGION & ETHICS: The ethics of using brain scans to predict violent behavior; exploring New York City religions block by block.

TO THE CONTRARY: Welcoming Movement. Churches committed to accepting and affirming gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Barack Obama, President of the United States; U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), New Jersey; Janet Murguia, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza; María Antonieta Collins, Senior Special Correspondent, Univision News; Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador to the United States; Andrés Pastrana, Former President of Colombia.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Dave Johnson & Cliff Schecter consider why the trade deficit matters more than the budget deficit, Ukraine, Robert Duncan and the ‘war on drugs.’ Plus political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. 9pm ET, 6pm PT Sunday.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy. “After Legalization is a creative exploration of one likely future for legal marijuana that will give readers a sense of the coming battles, relevant players and political dynamics which will dominate the issue in the coming years. But how will it happen, and what will America look like after legalization? What should be the age limit? Will we tightly restrict its sale to only a few specialty stores, or will it be allowed on the shelves at every shopping market in the country? Should we give individuals free rein to grow as much as they want, or will we limit production to a few licensed farms?” Chat with our own Jon Walker about his new book. Hosted by our friend ET, read his preview. 5pm ET, 2pm PT Sunday.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: A Very British Witchcraft. Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies Professor Ronald Hutton explores the story of one of Britain’s fastest growing religious groups – Wicca, and of its creator, an Englishman called Gerald Gardner. Hutton focuses on Gardner’s story and experiences first-hand modern pagan witchcraft’s growing influence throughout the country today. Join host Lisa Derrick and her enchanting guests for the enlightening discussion. 8pm ET, 5pm PT Monday.

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