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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Cheat Sheet

George Wenschhof

The status of the "fiscal cliff" negogiations taking place in Congress will dominate the Sunday morning political discussion with President Obama the guest on NBC "Meet The Press"

One of my readers and friends from Oregon; Aileen, is not a fan of Dick Gregory. But, he snagged the man of the moment.  Now, we get to see how Gregory conducts the interview as the deadline to avoid the "fiscal cliff" will be only one day away when the program airs.

President Obama, in his press conference on Friday, borrowed a line from Yankee great; Yogi Berra, when he said this was "deja vu, all over again" when referring to the inability of Congress to craft an agreement.

After, summoning Congressional leaders to the white House for talks on Friday, the President, in his Saturday weekly address, stated he was "cautiously optimistic" Congress would reach an agreement.

Continuing the "fiscal cliff" discussion, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senator Chuck Schumer will be guests on ABC "This Week".  On CBS "Face The Nation", Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Colburn (R-Okla.) square off. 

The 112th Congress is coming to a close and will go down in history as the least effective with the distinction of only passing 219 pieces of legislation.

While, the last minute "fiscal cliff" negotiations will dominate the discussion Sunday morning, also look to see some discussion on the likelihood former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel will be nominated by President Obama for the next Defense Secretary.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) will appear on "Fox News Sunday" and you can be sure her promise to present legislation to ban assault weapons to the new Congress will be discussed.

Perhaps, the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill will also receive attention, when Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) appears on CNN "State of The Union".  Milk prices are set to double due to the failure to pass a farm bill.  Stabenow is chairwoman, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak will also be on this program. 

The scheduled guests follow below.

NBC "Meet The Press" - President Obama

Roundtable discussion with Tom Brokaw, John Meacham, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Chuck Todd and David Brooks 

CBS "Face The Nation" - Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Colburn (R-Okla.)

Roundtable discussion with Dee Dee Myers, Peggy Noonan, Michael Duffy, Joe Klein, Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett 

ABC "This Week" - Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).  Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

Roundtable discussion with Jonathan Karl, Howard Dean, Tim Pawlenty, Todd Purdum and Maggie Haberman

CNN "State of The Union" - Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).  Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Calf.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.).  Tom Vilsak

Roundtable discussion with Jessica Yellin, Karen Tumulty, Gerry Seib, and Matt Bai.

Fox News Sunday - Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.)

Roundtable discussion will Bill Kristol, Steve Hays, Evan Bayh and Kirsten Powers


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