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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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Sunday Talkers


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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Sunday Talkers


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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Chris Christie "answered every last question," except the ones that weren't asked


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I seethed as I watched coverage by a couple of the Sunday political talk shows of the Chris Christie bridge scandal (Meet the Press and This Week, to be specific). But that's nothing new. The incompetence on these shows is not news, just as a lot of their content is not news. What is so infuriating are the omissions, the lack of obvious follow-up questions, the predictable guests with predictable commentary and predictable biases and even predictable lies.

I jotted down a few examples of what passed for scrutiny of the week's events. Since I was listening and not watching, I can't cite the source of every quote, but these are verbatim responses. Here's an answer to a general "What's next for Christie?" theme that got under my skin:

"Every politician does it."

See, apparently other politicians are phony, corrupt sleazebags, especially New Jersey politicians, so hey, bada bing, bada bang! No big whoop. What's the problem? Next.

At one time or another, every child responds to an angry authority figure with, "Well, he/she did it, too!" How mature. How effective. That's always gone such a long way in punishment avoidance, hasn't it? Not guilty by reason of conformity. It goes without saying that this excuse was not challenged by the host.

Another memorable Everything Will Be Okay Moment included the worrisome "Voters have short memories, this will all blow over, Christie will come out stronger" conclusion. I switched channels.

Author and columnist Bob Ingle covered Christie's ass this way:

"He may have needed time to read everything, digest everything..."

Yes indeed, he may have... in order to come up with a way to cover his own ass.

Watching the performances (literally) on the Sunday Defending Chris Christie shows made my stomach turn, although to be fair, there was some (not much) objective analysis, too. But, come on, if we were to substitute President Obama's name for Chris Christie's, the right wing noise machine would be screaming bloody murder and relentlessly calling for his impeachment. Oh wait, they did.

There was a revival of the endless loop of insanely redundant and completely debunked right wing talking points from Reince Priebus and others. Short version: Christie should skate because, IRS! Benghazi!!! OBAMACARE!!!! (Paddy posted this video: Rudy "9/11" Giuliani: Christie Unaware of Traffic Scheme Just Like Obama 'Missed' Benghazi)

None were called out. In fact, they were accepted without comment from the hosts, which left the impression of tacit affirmation or, at minimum, some degree of credibility.

So many answers went unchallenged, so many questions went unasked. One obvious one was, was Governor "Heartbroken" really out of the loop (implausible), or did he simply manage to cover his tracks? He said he'd never seen the emails. That may be true, but that doesn't mean he wasn't told about or was unaware of their content... beforehand. Just because he managed to keep his name out of them, why would one conclude that he wasn't complicit?

A flashback from our friends at Blue Jersey gives us an eye-opening compilation of Chris Christie's greatest "what else he's done" hits from his pre-governor days. Despite that list and his subsequent behavior, this thug was elected to a second term in office.

And here's a brand spankin' new wrinkle that's chock full o' questions, brought to us by MSNBC's Steve Kornacki. The possible role of a huge development project, 16 acres that have been "salivated over" for years and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich's "defining mission as mayor, his legacy":

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"Something we've learned about through some research and some reporting the last few days and what we've discovered in turn raises a host of questions.

"...So here is what we found. this is an e-mail sent by the mayor of Fort Lee to Christie's point man at the Port Authority, Bill Barone, after the fourth straight morning of the lane closures in full effect. And in that e-mail he pleads for the lanes to be reopened and he includes this, quote, "Query: What do I do when our billion dollar redevelopment is put online at the end of next year?"...

"The value of the property is directly related to how easy it is to get to the bridge.

"A threat to permanently close, reduce those lanes would have been a threat to unravel what Sokolich envisioned as the crown jewel of his tenure as mayor."

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VIDEO-- Irony alert: Dick Cheney claims Sen. Mike Enzi lied



To save you the torture (no pun) of having to wade through the steaming pile of The Dick's bulls**t on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", start watching at about 9:50.

I couldn't tolerate listening to him either, so I skimmed as quickly as I could through the video until I found the segment covering the Dickette (Daughter Liz) and her U.S. Senate primary challenger, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). Daddy Dearest called out Enzi for suggesting that they're friends.

"Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true. Never happened."

Given Daddy Dearest's own record of incessant lies, there is absolutely no reason we should give him any credibility on this either.

On the other hand, maybe he's right just this once. After all, who in their right mind would ever want to be friends, or admit to being friends, with Dick Cheney?


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VIDEO-- Arianna Huffington: Karl Rove is the "Michael Jordan of politicizing the executive branch"



My frustration with the Sunday political talk shows is through the roof. The guests rarely, if ever, include Progressives, and if they do, they are outnumbered by ConservaDems, conservative Republicans, or "moderates," so their voices are minimized, if not ignored completely (scroll).

That said, there are moments of truth and even levity that make their way into what passes for "debate."

Arianna Huffington:

"There's certainly an irony in having Karl, who is the Michael Jordan of politicizing the executive branch. You know let's go back to the firing of nine attorney generals during the Bush years, now being outraged... U.S. Attorneys, sorry..."

Here is some context, via the ABC transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: There's some question about whether Fox News, I think Karl Rove, actually got the subpoena or not. The Justice Department has a record of it being sent. Fox News said...


ROVE: Well let's be clear though. The -- Paul is referring to 9-13.400. These are the guidelines from the Department of Justice itself. It says, "The Department attorneys should take all reasonable steps to attempt to obtain the information through alternative sources, or means. They must first attempt negotiations with the media, aimed at accommodating the interests of the trial of grand jury with the interests of the media", they made no such attempt. "They must also precede any requests to subpoena the telephone toll records by having negotiations with the affected media", none of which they did.

These are the guidelines with the -- which the attorney general himself is responsible for...


ROVE: Well, look yes. I -- I do think so. He's got two problems. One problem is, when he signed the Rose affidavit, he did not abide by his own guidelines. Second, the defense they're offering for it, which was offered by Jay Carney that we're, conflating a subpoena with a prosecution means that what they said -- this was, remember of a criminal conspiracy when they sought the subpoena from the third judge they attempted to get it from, and finally got it from, was not where they didn't really intend ever to prosecute him.

So they were lying to the judge. And then the third one is -- the third problem he has is, on the 15th of May, he says before the House of Representatives under oath, in front of the Judiciary Committee, this is something I'd never contemplate. And on the 17th we learned that he did the Rosen -- the -- the Rosen...

PLOUFFE: I don't think he should go over this. I think if anything, he's guilty of over-zealously trying to uphold the law. And I think we all -- I think this is going to be a helpful process, which is how do we balance in -- in 2013, some of these guidelines go back to 1980 before the internet and email. How do we balance the need to protect national security and secrets, and our interests with the public's right to know, and investigative journalism? I do find out curious that the loudest Republican voice is now calling for the attorney general to go.

Were the same ones a year ago saying, we weren't investigating leaks strongly enough. They wanted a special prosecutor, because they said U.S. attorneys would not be tough enough. And so I think their objections lay less in the principle and substance of this, than almost a Pavlovian response. That if they have an opportunity to take political shots at the administration and the president, they'll...


HUFFINGTON: There's certainly an irony in having Karl, who is the Michael Jordan of politicizing the executive branch. You know let's go back to the firing of nine attorney generals during the Bush years, now being outraged... U.S. Attorneys, sorry...


HUFFINGTON: You know, I agree with you that Holder has to go. But there is a certain irony in the Republican doing...

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