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Meet The Press: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ); Sen.Dick Durbin (D-IL); RoundtableJon Ralston (Ralston Reports), Former White House Press Secretary Robert GibbsCarolyn Ryan (New York Times) and Israel Ortega (Heritage Foundation).

Face The Nation: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; "Miracle on the Hudson" Pilot Chesley Sullenberger; Former NTSB Chairman Mark RosenkerBob Orr (CBS News); RoundtableMichael Gerson (Washington Post), Anne Gearan (Washinton Post), Bobby Ghosh (TIME) and Margaret Brennan (CBS News).

This Week: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT); Microsoft Co-Founder Bill GatesRoundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Georgetown University Prof.Michael Eric DysonWilliam Kristol (Weekly Standard), Katrina Vanden Heuvel (The Nation) and Greta Van Susteren (Fox News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Former Managing Director of the NTSBPeter Goelz; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Roundtable:George Will (Washington Post), Judy Woodruff (PBS), Republican Strategist Karl Roveand Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte; Air Crash Investigators Colleen KellerSteven Wallace and Richard AboulafiaCommander William Marks of the USS Blue Ridge; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); RNC Chairman Reince PriebusRoundtableCharles Blow (New York Times), Republican Strategist Ana Navarroand Ron Brownstein (National Journal).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Bassem Youssef, the "Jon Stewart of Egypt" (preview); a report on the future of drones (preview); and, a look inside Tabasco's hot sauce empire (preview).

On Comedy Central... Jon Stewart examined Fox News' obsession with poor people eating (well).   And Stephen Colbert scored President Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns" as a win for Fox.

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Secretary of State John Kerry; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); California Gov. Jerry Brown (D); Roundtable: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Kathleen Parker (Washington Post), Chuck Todd (NBC News), Tina Brown(Women in the World) and Jeffrey Goldberg (Bloomberg View).

Face The Nation: Secretary of State John Kerry; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Roundtable: Michael O'Hanlon (Brookings Institution), Danielle Pletka (American Enterprise Institute) and David Martin (CBS News).

This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Actor/Director Ben Affleck; Nate Silver (; Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Van Jones (CNN), Rich Lowry (National Review) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Elise Viebeck (The Hill), Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: Ukranian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev; Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Roundtable: Former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton, Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Amy Walter (Cook Political Report).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will present a special hour on crime and punishment, featuring the capture of "Whitey" Bulger; the murder of a neo-Nazi leader; and, the largest archival theft in U.S. history (preview).

On Comedy Central...

The Daily Show

Monday: "Family Guy" Creator Seth MacFarlane

Tuesday: Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Wednesday: Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

Thursday: Author Paul Taylor

The Colbert Report

Monday: Writer Caitlin Flanagan

Tuesday: Author Jaron Lanier

Wednesday: "House of Cards" Writer/Producer Beau Willimon

Thursday: Theaster Gates (Rebuild Foundation)

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: National Security Adviser Susan Rice; Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird; Michael Brune (Sierra Club); Roundtable: David Brooks (New York Times), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Judy Woodruff (PBS) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).

Face The Nation: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Political Roundtable: Jonathan Martin (New York Times), Dan Balz (Washington Post), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and John Dickerson (CBS News); Foreign Policy Roundtable: Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and Bobby Gosh (TIME).

This Week: Former President George W. Bush (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Michael Needham (Heritage Action for America) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R); Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D); Actor Joe Morton; Roundtable: Robert Costa (Washington Post), Democratic Strategist Penny Lee and Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Frank Hall, a football coach at Chardon High School in Ohio , who chased a gunman out of the school in 2012 (preview); an interview with master art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi (preview); and, an interview with actor Liam Neeson (preview).

On Comedy Central...

"Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones charted communist Russia's transformation into the ultimate red state.

The Daily Show

Monday: Author/Journalist Hooman Majd

Tuesday: Physicist Michio Kaku

Wednesday: Actor Liam Neeson

Thursday: Author Kevin Roose

And Stephen Colbert grappled with gender diversity.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Singer/Actress Darlene Love

Tuesday: Musician St. Vincent

Wednesday: Olympic Gold Medalists in Ice Dancing Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Thursday: Actor Jeff Goldblum

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This weeks TV Sunday talkers Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney; Debate: "Science Guy" Bill Nye and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Nicole Wallace, Julie Pace (Associated Press), Former Senior Adviser to President Obama David Axelrod and Chuck Todd (NBC News).

Face The Nation: Former President of the American Meteorological Society Marshall Shepherd; President of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint; Michael Sam Roundtable: Michael Sam's Spokesman Howard Bragman, Cyd Zeigler (, Jarrett Bell (USA Today Sports) and NFL Player Donté Stallworth; Political Roundtable: Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), David Sanger (New York Times) and Jonathan Harris (Politico).

This Week: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R); Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D); Climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen; Ginger Zee (ABC News); Rebecca Jarvis (ABC News); Actor Kevin Spacey; Michael Sam Roundtable: Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe, Pete Thamel (Sports Illustrated) and Cyd Zeigler (; Roundtable: Jonathan Karl (ABC News), Alicia Menendez (Fusion Network), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal) and Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation).
Fox News Sunday: Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D); Republican Strategist Karl Rove; Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Kirsten Powers (USA Today), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Businessman Steve Forbes; Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee; Republican Strategist Kevin Madden; Corey Dade (; Margie Omero (Purple Insights).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system in history (preview); an interview with Russian businessman Bill Browder, who says he's had his life threatened as the victim of outrageous corruption perpetrated by the Russian government (preview); and, an interview with actress Cate Blanchett (preview).

On Comedy Central

      The Daily Show

Monday: Pre-empted
Tuesday: Actor Kevin Spacey
Wednesday: Director David O. Russell
Thursday: Ronan Farrow (MSNBC)

      The Colbert Report

Monday: Pre-empted
Tuesday: Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene
Wednesday: Director Alexander Payne
Thursday: Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Co-Authors Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes: Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell (NBC News), David Brooks (New York Times), E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Mike Needham (Heritage Action for America) and Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen.

Face The Nation: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Roundtable: Michele Norris (NPR), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic), Mark Mazzetti (New York Times), Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), S.E. Cupp (CNN), Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe and Jeff Zeleny (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Julie Pace (Associated Press), Radio Host Laura Ingraham and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte; Harvard University Prof. Nicholas Burns; Roundtable: Cornell Belcher (CNN), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and A.B. Stoddard (The Hill).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on drugs that can affect men and women differently (preview); a rebroadcast of a 2006 with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in which he discussed drug addiction (preview); and, a report on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to ave taxpayer dollars by giving homes to the chronically homeless (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart ripped Fox News' coverage of the CBO report.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor Ty Burrell (D)

Tuesday: Author Elizabeth Kolbert

Wednesday: Actor Joel Kinnaman

Thursday: Pre-empted

The Colbert Report

Monday: Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)

Tuesday: Former Floria Gov. Charlie Crist (R D)

Wednesday: Director Godfrey Reggio

Thursday: Pre-empted

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GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers should apologize "for lying in her response to State of the Union"


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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) gave the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech, and in doing so, she fudged a few facts:

"I got a letter from Bette in Spokane, who hoped the President’s health care law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month. No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but this law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s."

There's just one itty bitty problem with that bolded assertion. It's not true. So the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Nancy Pelosi want McMorris Rodgers to apologize.

Fat chance.

The GOP has a nasty habit of either outright lying, lying by omission to promote political narratives, or conveniently sidestepping context when attacking any and all things Obama. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continued the tradition, but like Darrell Issa has so many times, she got publicly busted in the process.

Via The Hill:

Democrats are slamming Republicans for misleading the public with a false anecdote about ObamaCare premiums in a response to the State of the Union address. [...]

Media reports have since revealed that the woman, Bette Grenier, was quoting the most expensive option offered by her insurance company and that she declined cheaper plans on Washington state's ObamaCare exchange.

"Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week, and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options,” said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner in a statement Friday.

"House Republicans are … resorting to embellishing stories and leaving out the facts to mislead Americans about the new affordable, comprehensive coverage available to them.”

More at the link.

By the way, one major insurer is reporting Obamacare that sign-ups were higher than its projections. Cathy McMorris Rodgers neglected to include that fact in her oh-so-heartfelt, genuine, God-drenched rebuttal.


ENTIRE VIDEO: President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address


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Here is the entire video of President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, starting at about the 5:13:20 mark.

FYI, here is a record of the number of executive orders issued by all past presidents right up to the present. There goes another right wing talking point.

Here are a few excerpts from the State of the Union address, via the full transcript provided by WaPo:

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... I believe this can be a breakthrough year for America. After five years of grit and determined effort, the United States is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth...

For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It's an important debate -- one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy -- when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States -- then we are not doing right by the American people. (Cheers, applause.)...

[T]he budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises...

...America does not stand still, and neither will I. (Applause.) So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do. (Cheers, applause.)...

Let's work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs right here at home. (Cheers, applause.)Moreover, we can take the money we save from this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes -- because in today's global economy, first- class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure...

But I'll act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible. (Applause.)...

Meanwhile, my administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and jobs growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, our communities. And while we're at it, I'll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations. (Applause.)... But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. (Applause.) And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did. (Cheers, applause.)...

I'm also convinced we can help Americans return to the workforce faster by reforming unemployment insurance so that it's more effective in today's economy. But first, this Congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people. (Cheers, applause.)...

Women deserve equal pay for equal work. (Cheers, applause.)... It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a "Mad Men" episode. (Laughter, cheers, applause.) This year let's all come together, Congress, the White House, businesses from Wall Street to Main Street, to give every woman the opportunity she deserves, because I believe when women succeed, America succeeds. (Cheers, applause.)...

Tonight I ask more of America's business leaders to follow John's lead. Do what you can to raise your employees' wages. (Applause.) It's good for the economy; it's good for America. (Sustained applause.)

To every mayor, governor, state legislator in America, I say, you don't have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on. And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too. In the coming weeks I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour because if you cook -- (cheers, applause) -- our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you should not have to live in poverty. (Sustained applause.)

Of course, to reach millions more, Congress does need to get on board....

I will direct the Treasury to create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings: MyRA. It's a -- it's a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg....

And here's another number: zero. Because of this law, no American, none, zero, can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a pre-existing condition like asthma or back pain or cancer. (Cheers, applause.) No woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. (Cheers, applause.) And we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors.

Now, I do not expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law. (Laughter.) (Chuckles.) (Laughter.) But I know that the American people are not interested in refighting old battles. So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice, tell America what you'd do differently. Let's see if the numbers add up. (Applause.) But let's not have another 40- something votes to repeal a law that's already helping millions of Americans...

Citizenship means standing up for everyone's right to vote. (Applause.)...

Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day...

[E]ven as we actively and aggressively pursue terrorist networks, through more targeted efforts and by building the capacity of our foreign partners, America must move off a permanent war footing. (Applause.)...

And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay -- (applause)...

The [Iran] sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. (Applause.) For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.