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Erick Erickson’s Island Vacay Is Really Secret Conservative Retreat

CNN Contributor to “John King USA” Erick Erickson wrote on Twitter this week that he was “loading up” his wife and children and taking them on vacation to South Carolina’s Kiawah Island. He said, “Makes me relax just thinking about it.”

Relaxing, perhaps. But not without conservative, Christian values to add to the fun. What Erickson left out is that Jan. 7 -9 is the date of this year’s Awakening, billed as one of the “finest open forums on conservative principles in the United States.” Awakening is an annual retreat that includes group discussions and sharing ideas. But it’s hush-hush. Attendees are expressly told not to discuss it. They stay at an oceanfront seaside mansion called The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort some 30 miles from Charleston, S.C. All rooms include custom made beds.

Kids are made to feel extra special. The teen program is led by Lucas Ramirez, Director of Youth Ministries at Wesley United Methodist Church in St. Simon’s Island, Ga. He specializes in “maximizing every teen’s sense of value and potential.” But not to worry — it’s not all about values. Part of the program includes outdoor games with a “different glasses” approach, meaning looking at the world in an alternate way. They warn, “Only come if you really want to have fun!” Younger children partake in fun-sounding activities such as cookie making and scavenger hunts.

The first Awakening retreat was held at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia. The weekend moved to Kiawah Island in 2009. Those who have attended in the past include The Weekly Standard‘s Executive Editor Fred Barnes, UPI Editor-in-Chief John O’Sullivan, National Review Washington Editor Kate O’Beirne, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Roll Call‘s Morton Kondracke.

Issues discussed during past retreats include politics, policy as well as social and family issues. For instance, in 1999, Thomas keynoted “The Content of America’s Character.”

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, “The Battle for America 2008″ authors Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s David Brooks and columnist Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, “Culture of Corruption” author Michelle Malkin, WSJ‘s Gerald Seib and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a panel of Fox News consultants Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer and CNN contributors William Bennett, Donna Brazile and Council of Economic Advisors former chairman Professor Joseph Siglitz

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NPR’s Michael Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and TNR‘s Michelle Cottle

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan, former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin and “The Devil We Know” author Robert Baer

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell and the AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NJ‘s Alexis Simendinger and AP’s Charles Babington

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Rahm Emanuel, Incoming White House Chief of Staff, Tom Brokaw, NBC News, David Brooks, New York Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian, Tavis Smiley, Host, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News.

  • Face the Nation: Incoming National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Georgetown University Michael Eric Dyson and Slate’s John Dickerson.

  • This Week: David Axelrod, President-elect Obama’s senior adviser and a roundtable with The Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Lawrence Summers, President-Elect Obama’s designee to be the director of
    the National Economic Council.

  • Fox News Sunday: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Incoming White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • CNN’s State of The Union with John King: President-elect Barack Obama, David Axelrod, senior Obama adviser, Ed Gillespie, Bush White House counselor, Dana Perino, Bush White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary, Dan Lothian, CNN White House correspondent, April Ryan, White House correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad.

  • GPS: Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Pat Buchanan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan and New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, New York Times’ Helene Cooper, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, will be interviewed by Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Congressional Reporter, and Martin Kady, The Politico Congressional Reporter.

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    Wes Pruden’s Replacement?

    The short list of candidates, from what we hear:

    Veteran journalist and author John O’Sullivan
    UPI’s Martin Walker
    National Review’s Kate O’Beirne

    No word on whether the candidates are interested in the job or not. The search committee is headed by Times editor at large Arnaud De Borchgrave.