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Sunday Talking Heads: May 11, 2014

Movie Night Monday: FED UP.

Happy Mothers Day! I trust you’ll clean up the kitchen after you serve her breakfast in bed.

NBC goes strong in support for David Gregory, oh wait they preempted the show for soccer. I think CBS’ Bob Schieffer wants to bomb Putin. He does have Elizabeth Warren on, let’s hope he doesn’t stephanopoulos her making it all about Hillary Clinton. Fox News Sunday goes BENGHAZI, no surprise there; but there will be a discussion on the Nigerian girls Boko Haram kidnapped from their physics exam to serve as sex slaves for their soldiers. CNN’s Candy Crowley’s set up a roundtable on what Monica Lewinsky means for Hillary 2016 and I ask does it have to mean anything? Could that horse be beaten any deader than it already is?

Our Piketty book salon had to be rescheduled, unfortunately, but that gives you more time to finish the tome. Movie Night Monday is the just released FED UP. The Grocery Manufacturers Association really doesn’t want you to watch it.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45 AM – Washington Politics with Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and Huffington Post’s Sabrina Siddiqui. 8:45am – Veterans Affairs Misconduct Allegations with Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Bill Kristol, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Michael Smerconish.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ukraine with Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI), plus former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Then, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “Warren is just on fire right now, and she’s very controversial. But she’s taking on the big banks and some of the moneyed interests and saying we’ve got to keep those groups from using their influence to hurt the middle class.” Also, Jan Crawford at the Washington Monument, reopening after repairs from the 2011 earthquake. Roundtable: David Ignatius, Michael Crowley, Margaret Brennan.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Working moms Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Horse Race 2016 with Rick Santorum. Then, Hilary Rosen, Susan Page, and Ramesh Ponnuru “on what Monica Lewinsky in 2014 means to Hillary Clinton in 2016.” Also, Claire Shipman, Iris Krasnow, and Jennifer Senior “join esteemed mom and grandmom Candy Crowley for a frank discussion about women’s role in the world.”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: BENGHAZI with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and head of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA). Then, on the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell and Shiza Shahid, CEO of the Malala Fund, “about Boko Haram, and the role the U.S. should play in the days and weeks ahead.” Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Juan Williams. Power Player of the Week is Geno Auriemma UConn women’s basketball coach who appears at the USA Basketball leadership panel at the Pentagon (who knew?).



MOYERS & COMPANY: Time to Get Real on Climate Change. Geneticist David Suzuki, who has made science exciting to millions of TV viewers, warns that we’re burning up the planet, but there’s still a chance we can make it.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: No show this week, soccer.

NEWSMAKERS: House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) talked about federal spending and appropriations process.?After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

Q & A: Journalist and author Evan Osnos. He discusses his new book “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China”, in which he describes the rising conflict between the individual and the Chinese government. Osnos, who spent 8 years living in China as a correspondent for the New Yorker, discusses his perspectives on China’s changing economy, government, culture, and the idea of the individual. He also talks about the viral video, “China Stand Up!” which vilifies imperialism and western media and influence. Osnos also addresses the Chinese government’s views on individuals such as the Dalai Lama and activist and artist Ai Weiwei, who they regard as threats, as well as a groundswell of Chinese “angry youth” who are defending their government and resisting calls for democracy…

RELIGION & ETHICS: Death Penalty; Women, Religion, Violence and Power; Jordan River Baptism Site.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Nigerian Girls Abducted and US Response. Teen Pregnancy Rates at an All-time Low. Behind the Headlines: Infertility Treatments. Panel: Women Thrive Co-founder Ritu Sharma; Republican Strategist Rina Shah; NPR Radio Host Avis Jones DeWeever; Republican Strategist Bettina Inclan.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R), Florida; U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), New Jersey; José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division; Mercedes Guzmán, Journalist harassed by the Mayor of Bolivia’s largest city, Santa Cruz; Mariano Rivera, Former Major League Baseball Player; La Ley, Grammy Award and two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Rock Band.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Dave Johnson & Jay Ackroyd offer a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @dcjohnson @bobblespeak @jayackroyd, 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: Rescheduled, date to be announced.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: FED UP. “The film, which opened on limited release in US cinemas Friday, shows how the food industry has managed to persuade US authorities to recommend that 25 percent of calories come from sugar.” Join Lisa Derrick and Director Stephanie Soechtig, for the discussion. HuffPost’s Christine Wilkie reports the Grocery Manufacturers Association launched a stealth online campaign to subvert the film’s release. Monday, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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