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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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Brian Williams to Anchor Election Night Coverage on NBC News

brian-williams-dnc-300x168NBC News has announced its Tuesday, November 4 midterm election night coverage plans, to be led by Brian Williams.

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor will host two live primetime hours from 10-11 pm ET and later from 10-11 pm Pacific Time. The network will extend its coverage during the 11 pm ET hour online at NBCNews.com, with special reports online and in broadcast throughout the night.

Joining Williams in coverage of the evening will be “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck ToddAndrea Mitchell; “TODAY” co-host Tamron HallTom Brokaw; “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough; senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing; national correspondent Peter Alexander; Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell; and correspondents Ron Mott and Luke Russert. Coverage will also include an exclusive interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and commentary from former White House senior adviser David Axelrod and ”Noticiero Telemundo” anchor Jose Diaz-Balart.

Ben Bradlee, Remembered on Twitter

Tweets on the passing of Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 93 of natural causes at his home in Washington.

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CBS’ Bob Schieffer Brings Texas to D.C.

Bob Schieffer was almost unrecognizable Saturday afternoon as he sat on the patio of the Occidental Grill.

Not dressed in his usual dark suit he wears on the set of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Schieffer was sporting a white cowboy hat and aviator sunglasses as he sat sipping beer and chatting. He wasn’t there to discuss the latest political stories or moderate a debate, but was instead getting ready for a different kind of gig. His band, Honky Tonk Confidential, was prepping to play for a crowd at the restaurant’s BBQ, Beer & Bourbon event.

Matt Baker, chef de cuisine at the Occidental Grill, said the first annual event was a way of kicking off summer. Being Texas born and bred, Baker said he wanted to incorporate food from back home. And since Schieffer is also from the Lone Star State, Baker said he thought his band, which plays music straight out of Texas, would fit in perfectly.

“I’m from Texas,” Baker said. “I just really wanted to bring Texas to D.C.”

Schieffer began playing with the  band in 2006 and sang songs he wrote, such as “TV Anchorman,” and a few covers, such as “Friends in Low Place” by Garth Brooks. With his Texas-sized belt buckle, Schieffer seemed at home behind the microphone as he told the story behind each of the songs. Read more

Will Schieffer and Axelrod Kiss and Make Up?

Occidental Grill & Seafood is trying really hard to get CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer and former Obama aide David Axelrod to bury the hatchet. To that end, they’ve invited Axelrod to the restaurant’s BBQ, Bourbon, Beer and Bob (Schieffer) non-profit event.

This may not be an easy relationship to patch up. Schieffer recently complained about his problems with White House access and landing guests for his show. But on Tuesday Axelrod shoved the knife it by arguing that Schieffer’s case was rather flimsy. He said, “the notion that the public should be concerned or disturbed, or that the taxpayer’s being cheated because Bob can’t book the guests he wants, I’m unsympathetic to that.”

The party will take place on June 15 out on the Occidental patio. Fare will be smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, pork belly sliders, cornbread, slaw, pickles, snow cones, blueberry cobbler, and fudge brownies. Beer will be from Port City Brewing Co. and Bulleit Bourbon, Woodford Reserve and Filibuster Bourbon will be served (if any of that means anything to anyone).

Schieffer and his band, Honky Tonk Confidential, will perform. They warn… Read more

Separated at Birth: MSNBC’s David Axelrod

Here’s a strange pairing. It’s MSNBC’s newest contributor, David Axelrod, former top political advisor to President Obama, and Joe Flores, a self-proclaimed “media hack” covering the oppressed in East L.A. In another pairing, we also think he weirdly looks like he came out of the same womb as Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

 

 

Sargent Not Sold on Axe’s Clean Upper Lip

On Friday morning, David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and had his mustache shaved off. This all stems from an electoral bet between Axe and host Joe Scarborough. While Axelrod WON the bet, he agreed to shave the ‘stache anyway since Joe and Mika Brzezinski helped raise a million dollars for his charity. It’s the first time that Axelrod has had a hairless upper lip in 40 years.

Sure, it was a little hokey to see it all play out, but a million dollars for a charity is a BFD, so we can live with it.

Apparently, it’s too much for some people. One of them is WaPo’s liberal blogger, Greg SargentRead more

Axelrod and Scarborough Make a Hairy Wager

On Wednesday morning’s “Morning Joe” program, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod made an on-air bet that he would shave off the mustache he has worn for 40 years if President Obama lost Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania. According to HuffPost, Axelrod said, “”I will come on ‘Morning Joe’ and I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states.”

That might be a dangerous strategy. Maybe a voter who was planning on voting for Obama will switch his or her vote JUST to see the freakshow that hides under that hair on upper lip. Host Joe Scarborough joined in and said that if Obama won all those states, he’d grow a mustache.

The show resulted in mustache demands right here in Washington… Read more

Axelrod Goofs Up Mid-Joke

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White House top political advisor David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” with hosts Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd. While making a joke about POTUS’s birthday, he flubbed the name of the show.

Guthrie: What did you get the President for his birthday?
Axelrod: That’s between him and me. It’s a six-volume set of The Morning Rundown.

Guthrie replied, “David, it’s The Daily Rundown. Don’t worry about our feelings. Not The Morning Rundown, The Daily Rundown!”

Candy Spices Up Show With Personal Q’s

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CNN’s Candy Crowley, who hosts “State of the Union,” is adding spice to her Sunday show. It’s a new feature called “Getting to Know…” where she asks her (sometimes) very stiff political guests off-beat questions during commercial breaks that loosen them up.

“What do you do just for fun?” she recently asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has apparently taken a fancy to the “Washington Nats.” It’s hard to hear, but he says he “windsgh down” the evening by watching the Nats.

Crowley gets McConnell chuckling hard when she asked what the 15-year-old McConnell wanted to be when he grew up. He says that was the year he won election as president of the student body – his first campaign win.

His favorite place to retreat to outside of Kentucky? That would be the U.S. Virgin Islands (where he and his wife, Elaine Chao, honeymooned).

Crowley also questioned President Obama’s top political advisor David Axelrod. Favorite comfort food? “Pizza,” he replied. “I eat for comfort, which can be a real problem.”

Watch the videos here and here.

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