Sunday Menu

By Curtis Hewston

Morning lineup:

CBS: Sunday Morning: a report on a man who helped Depression-era families afford gifts during the holidays; Molly Ringwald; Lionel Richie and his daughter Nicole Richie; comedian Andy Borowitz.

ABC: This Week: Berkshire-Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CNN founder Ted Turner and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer explain their reasons for making the Giving Pledge — a commitment by some of America’s wealthiest individuals to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. And they give their views on fixing the struggling economy, taxing the rich, deficit spending, innovation and the next big thing.

FOX: Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on North Korea and national security; Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Mara Liasson (NPR), Devil’s spawn Liz Cheney, Juan Williams (Fox News).

NBC: Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Roundtable: E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Republican strategist Ed Gillespie, Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter (D).

CBS: Face the Nation: author Edmund Morris (“Colonel Roosevelt”), author Ron Chernow (“Washington, A Life”), author Bob Woodward (“Obama’s Wars”), author Arianna Huffington (“Third World America”).

CNN: Reliable Sources: daytime host Rachael Ray; a discussion on cable news with Ana Marie Cox (GQ Magazine), Michael Shear (New York Times), Paul Steinhauser (CNN).

CNN: State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); outgoing Rep. David Obey (D-WI) and outgoing Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) look back at their time in Washington; White House photographer Pete Souza on capturing presidential moments; former President George W. Bush and his brother Jeb Bush on holidays with the Bush family.

Bloomberg: Political Capital: executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith.

CNN: Fareed Zakaria GPS: The puritanical roots of Thanksgiving; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, former Reagan budget director David Stockman; Buzkashi — Afghanistan’s brutal national sport and what the US military just might learn from it.

NBC Universal: The Chris Matthews Show: John Heilemann (New York Magazine), Norah O’Donnell (MSNBC), Anne Kornblut (Washington Post), Reihan Salam (National Review).

PBS: Washington Week: Peter Baker (New York Times) examines the issues testing President Obama’s leadership and foreign policy credentials in the post-midterm environment; John Dickerson (SLATE Magazine, CBS News) on how Sarah Palin’s role as the leading figure in the Tea Party movement may boost her popularity, but there are hurdles facing her and all presidential hopefuls; Joan Biskupic (USA Today) on several key cases on the Supreme Court’s docket, including issues about veteran’s benefits and whether businesses should be forced to verify immigration status.

TVOne: Washington Watch: outgoing Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), who is considering running for mayor of Chicago.

C-SPAN: Newsmakers: former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) offers advice to Joe Miller, who is filing a lawsuit against the state of Alaska following his loss in the midterm elections; Steve Thomma (McClatchy Newspapers), Tom Hamburger (Tribune Newspapers).

Evening lineup:

CBS: 60 Minutes: Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Afghan National Police force is more important to the security of the country than the army, but despite improvements, there are still drug abuse and corruption problems within its ranks (preview). Spider-Man: The first look at the rehearsal and production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the most ambitious and expensive play ever brought to a Broadway stage (preview). John Paul Stevens: Justice John Paul Stevens upon his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court after 35 years (preview).

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