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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Cheat Sheet

George Wenschhof

With, the last minute extension of tax cuts by Congress for 98% of Americans, the focus will now be on how Congress will deal with pending spending cuts, entitlement reform and the nation's debt ceiling.

The man in the middle of this week's fiscal cliff deal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), makes the rounds, appearing on ABC "This Week", CBS "Face The Nation" and NBC "Meet The Press".

Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles; co-chairman, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also appear on NBC "Meet The Press". The proposal from their commission, although balanced, was never adopted by Congress, resulting in the scheduled sequester cuts and the term "fiscal cliff".

A handful of new members of the 113th Congress will also appear on the morning shows.

However, it appears discussion will be light on immigration reform, gun control legislation, the upcoming nomination by President Obama of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and the health status of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The scheduled guests follow below.

NBC "Meet The Press" - Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Roundtable discussion will Senator Anges King (I-ME), Newt Gingrich, Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Carly Fiorina and E.J. Dionne.

ABC "This Week" - Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Rep. JoaquĆ­n Castro, D-Texas, and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

Roundtable discussion with George Will, Gwen Ifill, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and Robert Reich.

CBS "Face The Nation" - Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.), Senators Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.), and Chris Murphy, (D-Conn.)

CNN "State of The Union" - Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).

Roundtable discussion with Neera Tanden, Stephen Moore, Dana Bash and Jackie Calmes.

Fox News Sunday - Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Jim Jordon (R-Ohio).  Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Roundtable discussion with Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Clarles Lane and Bill Kristol

Bloomberg TV "Political Capital with Al Hunt" - Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) 


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