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Marco Rubio Almost Goes ‘Full Ginsburg’

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Senator Marco Rubio had a very busy Sunday as he continued to voice his opposition to President Barack Obama‘s recent shift in diplomatic relations with Cuba.

The junior US Senator from Florida made appearances on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” Univision’s “Al Punto,” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” — only missing “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union” to complete the “full Ginsburg.”

Rubio, a veteran of the feat, made appearances on all five major Sunday morning talk shows back on April 14, 2013 to discuss immigration reform.

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.21.14

sunday-shows_304In the words of my predecessor, Nick Massella… Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights will include President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain on “State of the Union”; Former President Bill Clinton on Al Punto; and Senator Marco Rubio on “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “Al Punto.”

Sunday: 

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Armed Services Committee; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg; CBS News’ State Department correspondent, Margaret Brennan; CBS News’ Congressional correspondent, Nancy Cordes; CBS News’ National correspondent, Jan Crawford; CBS News’ political director, John Dickerson; CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, Major Garrett; CBS News’ National Security correspondent, David Martin.

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: TBA

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Syndicated Columnist / Fox News Contributor, George Will; Co-Anchor and Managing Editor “PBS NewsHour,”
 Judy Woodruff; President of Alliance for a Strong America / Fox News Contributor
, Liz Cheney; Fox News Political Analyst
, Juan Williams.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Former United States President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R), Florida and Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.; Ricardo Zúñiga, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council; U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), New Jersey and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R), Texas; and student/activist, Adán Cortés.

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Candy Crowley Leaves ‘State of the Union’ With Obama Exclusive

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After 27 years with CNN, Candy Crowley will end her stint at the network with a bang.

In her final installment of “State of the Union” on Sunday, Crowley will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. From the North Korean Cyber attacks on Sony, to the major shift in U.S.-Cuban relations and release of American contractor Alan Gross this week, there will be no shortage of topics for Crowley to choose from.

CNN has yet to announce a replacement for Crowley, who began hosting the Sunday show back in 2010 after taking over for John King.

The interview will air on Sunday morning at 9 AM ET/ 6 AM PT.

Cheney, Rove On Sunday Shows: Bush Knew About Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.32.55 AMFormer President George W. Bush knew of the enhanced interrogation techniques before 2006, said two high ranking officials of his administration yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace and “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.

Senior advisor to the Bush White House, Karl Rove, and former VP Dick Cheney combatted doubts that the former President was unaware of the program’s harsh methods on the DC-based Sunday programs, respectively.

“The report says President Bush didn’t know about these enhanced interrogation techniques until 2006. You were there. Was that true?” asked ”Fox News Sunday”‘s Chris Wallace on the show.

“No. In fact … his book describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision,” said Rove. “He made the decision. He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.”

Similarly, Chuck Todd posed a question to the former vice president on “Meet the Press” asking how the former president was briefed on the matter of the EIT’s, to which Cheney bluntly responded, “he was briefed.”

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyI apologize for the lack of Weekend Show Previews in recent weeks… We promise to start doing them again. Without further adieu, here we go:

Highlights will include President Barack Obama on “Al Punto”; former President George W. Bush on “State of the Union”; Senator John McCain on “Face the Nation”; Karl Rove on ”Fox News Sunday”; and former Vice President Dick Cheney on “Meet the Press.”

Sunday: 

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Former VP Dick Cheney; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Select Committee on Intelligence; Director, University of Chicago’s Institute, David AxelrodDan Senor, Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Initiative; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times; and NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of the Armed Services Committee;  Intelligence Committee Vice Chair, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Intelligence Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Sen. Angus King (I-ME) of the Intelligence Committee; Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal and CBS News Contributor; Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times; The Root’s Charles Ellison; and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Karl Rove, former top White House Advisor to President George W. Bush; Syndicated Columnist and Fox News Contributor, George Will; White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Julie PaceMichael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America; Charles Lane, editorial writer for The Washington Post and Fox News Contributor; and Jose Rodriguez, former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

ABC’s “This Week“: Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael HaydenEric Fair, visiting Professor at Lehigh University and contract interrogator in Iraq in 2004; Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York TimesTom Friedman; Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minnesota); CNN Political Commentator and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich; Syndicated Radio Host and ABC News Contributor, Laura Ingraham; and CNN and SiriusXM host, Michael Smerconish.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of the United States of America, Barack ObamaFrancisco Dominguez, Attorney General of the Dominican Republic; José Manuel “Chumel” Torres, Host and Writer of “El Pulso de la República”

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Dick Cheney Scheduled For Meet the Press

Meet the Press with Chuck ToddAfter describing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture as “full of crap” on Special Report with Bret Baier last evening, former VP and Emperor Palpatine impersonator, Dick Cheney, is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this Sunday — most likely to spread some holiday cheer.

Although the former Vice President told Baier that he “hadn’t read it,” Cheney shamelessly defends the torture program, comparing it to the Iran-Contra affair (another proud moment in the history of US foreign policy…).

Discussing the imprisonment and torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Sith Lord stated, “He is in our possession, we know he’s the architect, what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks?”

Tis the season!

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‘Meet the Press’ Dominates DC Market, Posts Ratings Growth

04AbiJGzAccording to Nielsen Media Research data, NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” dominated the Washington, DC market last Sunday (November 30, 2014) as the #1 Sunday morning public affairs program in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

The show, which ranks #2 nationally in both categories, beat the competition combined in the demo with 24,000 viewers on WRC.

“Meet the Press” also saw a +7% gain in total viewers and +17% gain in A25-54 viewers compared to its 2014 4th quarter to-date average.

Meet the Press Rated DC’s #1 Sunday Show Again

04AbiJGzOnce again, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the number one rated Sunday show last week (November 23rd) in terms of both total viewers and demographics in the Washington, DC market.

The show beat the competition (CBS News’ Face The Nation, ABC News’ This Week, Fox News Sunday) combined by 20,000 viewers.

The edition featured interviews with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on immigration; a discussion on Ferguson with Rudy Giuliani, Former New York City Mayor, Michael Eric Dyson, Professor at Georgetown University & Anthony Gray, Attorney, The Michael Brown Family; a discussion on Keystone with John Hofmeister, Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Shell Oil, & Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, “The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power”. Plus a political panel with Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

 

Meet the Press Salutes Marion Barry

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On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd remembered former DC mayor, Marion Barry, who passed away over the weekend.

“Marion Barry died overnight after a brief stay in a Washington D.C. hospital,” said Todd, “Barry rose to national prominence as mayor of Washington D.C.  He was a commanding presence for decades.  He served four terms as mayor and one term in prison.  Marion was a civil rights leader who became mayor, a symbol of self governance for African Americans who put many blacks in positions previously reserved for whites.”

Todd continued, “but he also struggled with addiction and famously was arrested in a sting operation in a Washington hotel.  He had been lured there by a former lover.  And while that arrest is what many Americans outside Washington remember, for Washingtonians, at least for some of them, they forgive him because of his days as a civil rights leader.  Marion Barry was 78.”

Video Courtesy of NBC’s Meet the Press.

Al Punto’s Special on Immigration Reform

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En Domingo (for those of you who do not speak Spanish, that is ‘on Sunday’ en español), Jorge Ramos will host a special immigration edition of Al Punto that will air on Univision at 10 am ET.

Jorge will address last night’s announcement by President Barack Obama of an executive order on immigration, discussing how the move could effect up to 5 million undocumented people living in the US, as well as the reaction from opposition to the President’s decision.

Guests will include Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D), Illinois; U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D), California; U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R), District (25), Florida; Eliseo Medina, Labor Union Activist and Immigration Advocate; Maria Gabriela Pacheco, Executive Director of the Bridge Project; Ezequiel Hernández, Immigration Attorney.

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