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Sunday Talk: Benghazi on the Hudson

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Last summer, New Jersey strongmanChris Christie was heavily favored for
re-election (and then some).Thanks to his hard-fought reputationas a straight-shooter, he was feared(if not loved) by most Garden Staters.

Real New Jerseyans know what’s good for them, unlike “this little Serbian” inFort Leehe needed to be schooled.

So, (presumably) incited by YouTube videos, Christie loyalists devised alesson plan (and subsequent cover-up).

He would soon learn that when you mess with the bullyyou get the horns.

It was all pretty brilliant, really; and they would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling investigators.

This week, in the face of mounting evidence of wrongdoingChristie held a nearly two hour press conference, which ultimately raised more questions than it answered.

When all was said and done, 19,734 words had been spoken—and not a one of them was “terrorism.”


Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus“Bridgegate” Roundtable: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Kim Strassel (Wall Street Journal), Mark Halperin (TIME) and Chuck Todd (NBC News); Foreign Policy Roundtable: Former Rep.Jane Harman (D-CA), Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jeffrey Goldberg(Bloomberg News) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).Face The Nation: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D); “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ SullenbergerRoundtableRana Foroohar (TIME), Michael Gerson (Washington Post),John Harris (Politico) and Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal).

This Week: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); Crisis Management Expert Judy SmithPolitical Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Former Obama White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe“Women in the Workplace” Roundtable: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Author Liza Mundy and AuthorReshma Saujani.

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK); Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD); RoundtableGeorge Will(Washington Post), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Republican Strategist Karl Roveand Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ);Roundtable: RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee and Karen Tumulty (Washington Post).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the MLB’s doping case against Alex Rodriguez (preview); and, a story about people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (preview).

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Meet The Press: Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Director of the National Economic Council Gene SperlingJim Cramer (CNBC); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Judy Woodruff (PBS) andChuck Todd (NBC News).

Face The Nation: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); RoundtablePeggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), David Sanger (New York Times), David Ignatius(Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); RoundtableCokie Roberts (ABC News), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro, Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) and Ben Smith (BuzzFeed).

Fox News Sunday: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R); RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), George Will (Washington Post) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Sunday Talk – You’ve Got To Hand It To Them

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This was the week the Tea Party finally secured its place in American history books (pending approval from the Texas Board of Education).

Whereas, until now, teabaggers had been content with nominating fringe lunatics like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle for Senate seats, this time around they chose someone well within the mainstream of lunacy.

What Christine O’Donnell lacks in experience, she more than makes up for with her vast knowledge of crime scene forensics, suntan lotion marketing, satanic rituals, dorm room living, STD prevention, radiocarbon dating, human-animal hybridisation, and the collected works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

She truly epitomizes outside the box thinking.

Morning Lineup:

Meet the Press: Former President Bill Clinton; Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Face the Nation: Former President Bill Clinton; US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); Republican Strategist Ed Rollins; Michael Gerson (Washington Post).

This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Roundtable: Delaware State Republican Chairman Tom Ross, George Will (Washington Post), David Sanger (New York Times) and Peter Beinart (Daily Beast).

Fox News Sunday: US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); US Senate Candidate Joe Miller (R-AK); Republican Operative Karl Rove; Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Nina Easton (Fortune), Sociopath Liz Cheney and Juan Williams (NPR/FNC).

State of the Union: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); DNC Chairman Tim Kaine; Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA); Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn; Reliable Sources: John Avion (CNN); Craig Crawford (Congressional Quarterly); Debra Sanders (San Francisco Chronicle); Tina Brown (Daily Beast).

The Chris Matthews Show: Gloria Borger (CNN); Chuck Todd (NBC News); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Kelly O’Donnell (NBC News).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Leader Noman Benotman; Chrystia Freeland (Reuters); Author Bernard-Henri Lévy; Kathleen Parker (Washington Post); Dan Senor(Council on Foreign Relations).

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Here’s what you may have missed from this week’s Sunday political talks shows:  

THE VIEW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: Goolsbee offers a less-than-rosy take on the jobless rate, and warily notes Boehner’s choice of words. Axelrod eyes Voinovich’s promise to break a Republican filibuster on tax breaks for small businesses, and maintains hope that the public will come around on health care reform. Napolitano casts the DHS in evolutionary terms.

JUST OUTSIDE: Orszag argues that his column on the tax cuts was misinterpreted and dismisses the idea that Obama is socialist. Hoyer remains optimistic that Democrats will hold the House.

ON THE RIGHT: Boehner grudgingly concedes that he’d vote for a partial extension of the Bush tax cuts, while Gingrich urges all Republicans to do the same.

Newt thinks the GOP’s midterm gains could exceed those made in 1994. Armey and Lott disagree on the proper insurgent-establishment dynamic. 

NEAR GROUND ZERO: Rauf regrets causing controversy, but worries moving the proposed Islamic center would strengthen radicals.

FROM NOWHERE: Pointing to tobacco ties and health risks, Schieffer pushes Boehner to quit smoking.

The Sunday Roundup


On the Sunday shows: THE WAR – The U.S. isn’t in Afghanistan for nation building, says Gates. Kerry sees common U.S.-Iranian interests in Afghanistan, while Graham warns on an ‘unholy’ left-right domestic alliance to end the war,  and he praises Obama on Pakistan.  And Levin sees an Afghanistan nightmare in the making — for the Taliban.  

WIKILEAKS FALLOUT — Info trumps secrecy, says Gates. Mullen rips the leakers. Kerry shrugs off Pentagon Papers parallels. And Graham asks: who the hell is watching?  

THE SPEAKER – Pelosi and Gates offer very different expectations for next year’s drawdown. Plus: The speaker signals her unhappiness with the Afghan war, says she’s “sad” about Rangel, and dismisses the prediction of “that gentleman” Gibbs, but doesn’t deign to name him. THE REST  Boehner: GOP agenda coming in August. will offer its agenda this month. Kyl says it’s time for Congress to step up on immigration.  Greenspan sounds glum. Levin says Obama’s still in demand on the trail. Rangel’s situation is “not good for New York,” says Bloomberg,  who again rules out a 2010 presidential run. Palin blames the press for her low numbers, calls the Obama plan to roll back the Bush tax cuts “idiotic.” And Amanpour’s Sunday morning debut.