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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Cheat Sheet

George Wenschhof

This Sunday morning the "fiscal cliff" will again dominate the discussion and the duo who came up with a reasonable compromise over a year ago; Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles will appear on CBS "Face The Nation".

The always opinionated and fun couple to listen to; James Carville and Mary Matalin will be on ABC "This Week".

Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker (D), who spent the last week on food stamps will also be on CBS "Face The Nation".  Booker is often mentioned as a challenger to Republican Governor Chris Christie.

The deadline before the automatic cuts kick in, is January 1, so expect a two step deal to emerge.  First, look for House Republicans to cave and agree to extend middle class tax breaks.  This bill has already passed the senate and with House passage, this would avert the major impact the "fiscal cliff" would have on working class families and as a result, the U.S. economy.

Second, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) summoned to the White House yesterday, look for Democrats to accept some reforms to Medicare, most likely means testing and also look for a compromise in the amount of tax raise to the wealthy 2%.

The announcement by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist that he has switched political party to become a Democrat will certainlt be discussed along with the resignation of Republican senator DeMint to lead up a conservative think tank.  Speculation will be Crist is considering a run against Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Also, look to see the announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court they will take up the issue of gay marriage receive attention.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be much discussion on foreign policy this sunday morning.  The cease fire between Palestine and Israel appears to be holding after the flare up of violence in the Gaza Strip.  But, Israel angered many by announcing new settlements.

The civil war in Syria continues and the news that President Assad might use chemical weapons has added to the probability of outside intervention in this conflict.

And in Egypt, newly elected President Mohamed Morsi's power grab has led thousands to demonstrate in Tahrir Square and the military to surround the palace.

The scheduled guests follow below:

NBC "Meet The Press" - Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calf.)

Roundtable with Julianna Goldman, Newt Gingrich, Lawrence O'Donnell, Helene Cooper and Bob Woodward

ABC "This Week" - Sen. Tom Colburn (R-Oka.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

Roundtable with James Carville, Mary Matalin, Paul Krugman, George Will and Matthew Dodd

CBS "Face The Nation" - Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles, Cory Booker

Roundtable with Joe Kline, Major Garrett, Michael Gerson and Norah O'Donnell

CNN "State of The Union" - Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oka.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Christina Lagarde.

Roundtable with Mark Zandi, Stephen Moore, Jackie Calmes and Dana Bash

Fox News Sunday - Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Isarel Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren.

Roundtable with Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers, Kimberely Strassel and Juan Williams 


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