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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Cheat Sheet

George Wenschhof

It should be an interesting Sunday morning to tune in and watch the political discussion.  Sure to be discussed, in the wake of the horrific shootings in Newton, Connecticut, will be the bizarre and combative statement by NRA executive director Wayne LaPierre who wants to arm principal and teachers at schools and the announcement by President Obama of a new gun violence task force with Vice President Joe Biden as chair.

Wayne LaPierre will appear on NBC "Meet The Press", along with senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  President Obama has urged Congress to act and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calf.) has said she will introduce the reinstatement of the assult weapons ban legislation when the new Congress convenes.

Former Representative Asa Hutchinson, who has been named by the NRA to head up their effort for armed guards in schools and Sarah Brady of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will appear on ABC "This Week".  Hutchinson also appears on CNN "State of The Union".

Another hot topic will be the failure by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to secure enough Republican votes to pass his own "Plan B" to avoid the "fiscal cliff".

Look to see a stop gap type of measure pass prior to January 1 which will include an extension of the Bush era tax cuts for all except the upper 2% of wage earners making over $250,000 annually.  This bill has already passed the Senate and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) has an indentical bill ready to go in the House which Boehner has blocked from coming to the floor for a vote.

On the foreign policy front, the resignations of state department officials following a scathing report from an independent commission on the Benghazi tragedy, should also be discussed on the morning shows.  Hillary Clinton, recovering from an illness, is expected to testify before Congress in January.

The nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) by President Obama to succeed Hillary Clinton as the next Secretary of State will also receive mention as well as whether or not Republican former senator Chuck Hagel will be nominated by Obama for Defense Secretary.

After, repeated criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over comments made pertaining to the benghazi incident, led to the nomination of Kerry, criticism of Hagel is mounting, including an old derogatory statement on gays which surfaced this week.

Plan to tune in as the conversation promises to be lively.

The scheduled guests follow below.

NBC "Meet The Press" - NRA ED Wayne LaPierre, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Roundtable discussion with Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.) and Harold Ford Jr.

ABC "This Week" - Asa Hutchinson, Sarah Brady and senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Roundtable discussion with Cory Booker, Grover Norquist, Matthew Dowd, Peggy Noonan and Katrina vanden Heuvel

CBS "Face The Nation" - NRA President David Keene, Representatiove tim Scott (R-S.C.), Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), actor Ben Affleck

CNN "State of The Union" - Asa Hutchinson, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), and Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio)

Roundtable discussion with Susan Page, Ron Brownstein and Michael Duffy

Fox News Sunday - Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Kent Conrad (D-ND).  Pastor Rick Warren Saddleback Church

Roundtable discussion with Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers, Laura Ingraham, and Juan Williams 


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