Sunday Menu

Morning lineup:

CBS: Sunday Morning: skeptics and believers discuss the possibility of reincarnation; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; an art exhibit focuses on views through an open window; actor Rob Lowe discusses his personal life and career.

ABC: This Week: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R); Sheila Bair (FDIC), Paul Krugman (New York Times), former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Roger Altman, former Director, Congressional Budget Office Douglas Holtz-Eakin; Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations), Robert Kagan (The Brookings Institution), Anthony Shadid (New York Times); Roundtable: George Will (ABC), Amy Walter (ABC), Cokie Roberts (ABC).

FOX: Fox News Sunday: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Nina Easton (Fortune Magazine), Kim Strassel (Wall Street Journal), Mort Zuckerman (US News & World Report).

NBC: Meet The Press: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Roundtable: E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Mark Halperin (Time), Helene Cooper (New York Times); Matt Bai (New York Times Magazine).

CBS: Face The Nation: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).

Bloomberg: Political Capital: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

CNN: State Of The Union: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), former Kerry presidential campaign adviser Joe Lockhart, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson; former directors of national intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair (Ret.) and John Negroponte.

NBC Universal: The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman (Huffington Post), Michael Duffy (Time), Norah O’Donnell (NBC News), Katty Kay (BBC) on the questions Every leading GOP candidate has a major flaw — but which one has the political chops to conquer it? and The cost of college has gone up twice the rate of inflation — at $50,000 a year for private colleges. Are costs out of control?

CNN: Fareed Zakaria GPS: former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice; Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton University), Kishore Mahbubani (National University of Singapore), Joshua Cooper Ramo (Kissinger Assosicates) about global views of America and the state of the U.S. economy; Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

CNN: Reliable Sources: Michelle Cottle (Daily Beast), Lauren Ashburn (Ashburn Media), Debra Saunders (San Francisco Chronicle), Steve Coll (The New Yorker), Glynnis MacNicol (Business Insider), Adam Buckman (Fancast.com).

PBS: Washington Week: David Sanger (New York Times), Nancy Youssef (McClatchy), John Dickerson (Slate Magazine), Dan Balz (Washington Post).

TV One: Washington Watch: senior pastor of Dallas-based Potter’s House Bishop T.D. Jakes, Lamar and Ronnie Tyler (BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com), author, blogger, commentator and columnist Sophia Nelson, award-winning documentarian and social critic Janks Morton.

C-SPAN: Newsmakers: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chairman of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee.

Evening lineup:

CBS: 60 Minutes: The Soldiers’ Secretary: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his first interview since the killing of Osama bin Laden; Afghanistan’s Top Spy: the former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence says Pakistan has supported the Taliban for years; Sovereign Citizens: anti-government American extremists who don’t pay taxes and ignore requirements like social security cards and drivers licenses are on the rise.

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Steve Earle On Democracy Now!

Because he’s one of my favorite people on one of my favorite news shows.

Singer-songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle joins “Democracy Now!” in the studio to talk about his art and perform two songs from his new album, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.” He is being awarded an honorary degree today from the City University of New York School of Law. Last year, he was honored by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for his years of involvement with the anti-death penalty movement. “Making art in America is a political statement in itself,” Earle says. “I am maybe not so much a political songwriter as I am a political person.”

Part 1:

Part 2:

Earle joins “Democracy Now!” for an extended interview on the popular uprisings in the Middle East, and the connection he sees between his antiwar and anti-death penalty activism. The Grammy Award-winner also performs “Christmas In Washington” and “John Walker’s Blues,” a ballad he wrote from the perspective of the captured American-Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence.

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Guns On Campus, Seriously?!

I caught this tweet yesterday:

MHarrisPerry Melissa Harris-Perry
Having lived on Southside of Chicago and now in 7th Ward in NOLA I am confident that *more* guns do not need lead to safer communities.

It’s such a bizarre nation we live in. Just what is it about handguns that makes us so batshit stupid? Does anyone think the answer to our obesity problem is more Dairy Queens? Does anyone say, “Hey, we need more video games — that’ll boost those declining test scores”? Yet Texas legislators are on the verge of joining Utah’s in allowing concealed handguns on college campuses. Problem solved, eh?

The thinking, I guess, is that good guys with guns will stop the occasional bad guy. If only someone could have plugged the Virginia Tech shooter early on. But what’s wrong with this scenario? Plenty.

1) Amateurs are bad shots. I’d prefer trained, certified shooters — such as campus police and SWAT teams — in my midst, please. 2) Would-be heroes are poor tacticians. It takes coordination and communication to meet an imminent threat, not some Rambo wannabe. 3) People with guns make good targets. Even well-intentioned shooters are easily misidentified — and killed — in the heat of battle.

And that’s just off the top of my head. Confusion reigns in emergency situations. Imagine the additional craziness given the above — lone, unidentified, amateur gunmen swarming all about, perhaps even shooting each other. Is that a place you would want to be?

Mark my words. These new laws will not end well.

Just last night, three people were shot and killed on the campus of San Jose State University. What we need on our campuses are better security, enhanced communication methods and improved psychological screening and intervention. And we need fewer guns, not more.

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The New War On Abortion

Republican state legislators have it out for young, pregnant women, and they’re really letting them have it in 2011. This story — Antiabortion measures flooding state legislatures — by Robin Abcarian in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times raised my eyebrows, and then I was infuriated by a segment on last night’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

From the Los Angeles Times:

In South Dakota, a new law requires a woman seeking an abortion to wait three days after a mandatory, in-person counseling session with the doctor who is to perform the procedure. Providers would be required to show her the ultrasound image of the fetus.

In what sane world must a woman be subjected to the dictates of some legislative body in order to receive a legal medical procedure? In what other world must a doctor be forced to jump through scripted hoops in order to provide that care to a patient? Have they no shame? This, dear reader, is the pathology of self-righteousness.

Cruel, intrusive, emotionally manipulative, perhaps abusive, might best describe this new rash of laws aimed at restricting abortions in our redder states, as the Maddow segment expertly establishes.

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Sunday Menu

Morning lineup:

CBS: Sunday Morning: model Christy Turlington discusses health issues mothers face; actress Betty White talks about her career, personal life and animal rights; Italian chef Ettore Boiardi; singer Aretha Franklin.

ABC: This Week: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; co-founder of Keep America Safe Liz Cheney, Tom Ricks (Foreign Policy Magazine), Lawrence Wright (The New Yorker); Roundtable: George Will (ABC), Jake Tapper (ABC), Martha Raddatz (ABC), Pierre Thomas (ABC).

FOX: Fox News Sunday: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; former Vice President Dick Cheney; Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Mara Liasson (NPR), Paul Gigot (Wall Street Journal), Juan Williams (Fox News).

NBC: Meet The Press: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani (R); Roundtable: Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Katty Kay (BBC), historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Republican political consultant Mike Murphy.

CBS: Face The Nation: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Bloomberg: Political Capital: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R).

CNN: State Of The Union: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Foreign Relations Ranking Member Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN); NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; former congressman Tom Davis (R-VA), former Obama White House aide Anita Dunn.

NBC Universal: The Chris Matthews Show: Helene Cooper (New York Times), Richard Stengel (Time), David Ignatius (Washington Post), Elisabeth Bumiller (New York Times) on the questions After bin Laden, what’s our biggest threat now? and How fast can we leave Afghanistan?

CNN: Fareed Zakaria GPS: former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice; former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Pakistani Ambassador and former journalist Husain Haqqani, President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, Jugnu Mohsin (The Friday Times).

CNN: Reliable Sources: Jamie McIntyre (LineofDeparture.com), Peter Baker (New York Times), Jane Hall (American University), Frank Sesno (George Washington University), Brian Ross (ABC News), Matt Lewis (DailyCaller.com) Dana Milbank (Washington Post), former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.

PBS: Washington Week: Martha Raddatz (ABC News), James Kitfield (National Journal), Peter Baker (New York Times), Charles Babington (Associated Press) on the policy and politics surrounding Osama bin Laden’s death.

TV One: Washington Watch: Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Executive Director of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) DeMaurice Smith.

C-SPAN: Newsmakers: president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute Jack Gerard; Dina Cappiello (Associated Press), Jim Snyder (Bloomberg News).

Evening lineup:

CBS: 60 Minutes: President Obama: President Obama gives his first and only interview since the killing of Osama bin Laden. The president will reveal for the first time his thoughts as he watched and listened from the Situation Room of the White House as the commando-style raid on bin Laden’s compound unfolded.

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The Rest Of The Story

I am disgusted with the state of American media. And, dammit, I’m going to rant.

Following the demise of Osama bin Laden, we are in need of substantive dialog regarding American foreign policy, and no time like now has brought us close to a pre-9/11 light in which to evaluate it. We have a golden opportunity to reconsider our international role, and we’re blowing it.

Instead, our media have swamped us with the inconsequential. While we could be debating those issues that gave rise to such pre-9/11 hatred from the militant Muslim world — our military presence in the Middle East, for instance — we are drawn into a multiple choice of sideshows: a) the president’s new poll numbers, b) whether we get to see bin Laden’s disfigured skull, c) does some other president get credit for the kill, d) are illegal interrogation methods now vindicated. It’s all such bullshit.

Will someone please tell me where I can find some real journalism! Where are they discussing our changed role in Afghanistan? Our continued support of oppressive regimes? Our iffy alliances with Israel, and Pakistan? Because I’m not finding it.

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Tweets U Missed

JeffersonObama C Gauvin
Palin Thanks You President Bush for adding $5 trillion to the National debt, invading Iraq while Bin Laden was enjoying his sweet crib

carr2n david carr
Would it be churlish of me to boycott ocean swimming this summer so as not to share bathwater with Bin Laden?

pourmecoffee pourmecoffee
Almost as bad as a human shield, I think, is using an actual Captain America style shield. I don’t even think they work.

jdickerson John Dickerson
Whatever game changer is required to get rid of the cliche game changer, I will pay for the field, the players & buy the first round of soda

KagroX David Waldman
Yes, torture “worked” to produce a lead on finding bin Laden. So naturally, next logical step was… shutting down OBL unit. Of course!

GregMitch Greg Mitchell
As I predicted, story changing on Osama attack: dead woman not his wife, likely not “shield,” Osama probably had no gun.

KagroX David Waldman
Didn’t you all see 24? First you torture the guy, then you WAIT EIGHT YEARS for the time bomb to tick waaaaayyyyy down…

tomtomorrow Tom Tomorrow
“The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco, hoping for Osama bin Laden’s capture.” — Mark Twain, 100% true quote!

KellyO Kelly O’Donnell
5pm classified briefing today for Senators with CIA Director Panetta and other top officials on the @OBL raid.

StopBeck Stop Glenn Beck
Glenny wonders: “Why did we shoot him? [bin Laden] was unarmed. Why would we shoot an unarmed man?…Something’s not right.”

DanielSchulman Daniel Schulman
How gutsy was Obama’s decision to approve OBL op? Imagine the blowback if things had gone differently

thinkprogress ThinkProgress
AP: Courier name revealed through “standard interrogation” not waterboarding.

devbost Devin
“And then, we totally busted a cap in his ass. Hey, is this thing on?” - Barack Obama

danny__herrera Daniel Herrera
It’s a shame. After 9/11 we all rallied around GWB bcause he was OUR President. Why cant we do it for THIS President?

BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
More bad news for al-Qaeda: bin Laden was the only one who knew the iTunes password.

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Good Riddance, Osama bin Laden

Political blogging is hard. One day you’re scraping for something profound to say about a budget bill, and then something stunning happens and you’re wholly unprepared. This is one of those times.

But of the many angles to take on the Osama bin Laden killing, I’ve landed on this one.

In March 2002, just six months after 9/11, president-appointed George W. Bush said this:

I don’t know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him to be honest with you…. I truly am not that concerned about him.

And that was that. The mission was dead. Justice would not be served. It was easily surmised, in fact, that the capture or killing of bin Laden was simply in conflict with a greater goal; i.e., the disaster-capitalized occupation of a strategically rich region of the world. The Bush administration needed their threat out there — alive and scheming — to pull it off. Godwin’s law notwithstanding, imagine if the demise of Adolf Hitler had become a lesser priority than securing East Berlin or pursuing some other tempting goal.

But all that changed, we now know, when President Obama told CIA director Leon Panetta in February 2009 to make the pursuit of bin Laden his top priority — not a priority, but his top priority. And the return of competent leadership and execution can again be heralded.

In the words of Clarence Darrow, “I have never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.”

Good riddance, Osama bin Laden.

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Sunday Menu

Morning lineup:

CBS: Sunday Morning: Cary Grant, reincarnation, actor-director Kenneth Branagh, remembering Phoebe Snow, a tour of 10 Downing Street, the royal wedding, the annual U.S. Pole Dance Competition.

ABC: This Week: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Roundtable: George Will (ABC News), Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), former Reagan budget director David Stockman, Chrystia Freeland (Thomson-Reuters).

FOX: Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN); Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Nina Easton (Fortune Magazine), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Juan Williams (Fox News).

NBC: Meet The Press: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); comedian Seth Meyers (“Saturday Night Live”); Roundtable: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R), former White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod.

CBS: Face The Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R).

Bloomberg: Political Capital: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

CNN: State Of The Union: former superintendent of Denver public schools Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), former Secretary of Education Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), founder of the Capitol Preparatory Magnet School Steve Perry, president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten; Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, former ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).

NBC Universal: The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman (Huffington Post), Kelly O’Donnell (NBC), Gloria Borger (CNN), Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune) on the questions Is racism behind attacks on President Obama’s qualifications? and How has President Obama changed the job description?

CNN: Fareed Zakaria GPS: Martin Indyk (Brookings Institution), Fawaz Gerges (London School of Economics and Political Science), Ayman Mohyeldin (Al-Jazeera), Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations) on the Middle East; Malcolm Gladwell (The New Yorker) on income inequality and the folly of college rankings.

CNN: Reliable Sources: Matt Frei (BBC), Emily Bell (Columbia University), Ari Melber (The Nation) on coverage of the royal wedding; Chip Reid (CBS), Terence Smith (PBS), Nia-Malika Henderson (Washington Post) on birtherism and Donald Trump; Connie Chung (Harvard University) on the Couric-Pelley transition at CBS.

PBS: Washington Week: Mark Mazzetti (New York Times) on what the national security shuffle signals about the administration’s strategy in Afghanistan and the U.S. role in other missions in the Middle East; Tom Gjelten (NPR) on how some information provided to U.S. military intelligence by Guantanamo captives has proven to be unreliable; John Harwood (CNBC) on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s forecast for the economic recovery and what the new era of transparency at the Fed means; Karen Tumulty (Washington Post) on the significance of the White House release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate and why the issue forced the President’s hand.

TV One: Washington Watch: former Obama environmental adviser and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Van Jones.

C-SPAN: Newsmakers: Republican Party of New Hampshire chairman Jack Kimball, Republican Party of Iowa chairman Matt Strawn; Jonathan Karl (ABC News), David Catanese (Politico).

Evening lineup:

CBS: 60 Minutes: Lara Logan: in her first television interview since being sexually assaulted two months ago, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent and “60 Minutes” reporter reveals what happened to her in Tahrir Square; Mitch Landrieu: the New Orleans mayor talks about the city he loves and his efforts to heal wounds it still suffers from corruption and Hurricane Katrina; Zenyatta: with the greatest American horse race coming up next week in Kentucky, “60 Minutes” takes another look at one of the greatest American thoroughbreds ever to grace a track.

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Your Papers, Mr. President

I must admit I was baffled by the whole birther thing, as in “where’s the motivation?” I understood vaguely that it was about delegitimizing the man’s presidency because he was a minority with an unusual name. So it was about racism aimed at high places — I got it, sort of, inasmuch as I understood racism at all.

But it wasn’t until I saw this “op-ed” by Goldie Taylor on “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night that I truly gained insight into the heart of racism and the incessant hatred directed at President Obama. This birther nonsense was not so much about attempting to delegitimize the man’s position, but the man himself. And the motivation is hatred — pure, deep-seated, ignorant contempt for a race of others. And it will not go away.

You can read Goldie Taylor’s entire article at thegrio.com.

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