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How Choreographed was the President’s Gay Marriage Evolution?

It started Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with VP Joe Biden affirming his support of gay marriage. Then on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan went on “Morning Joe” and said “Yes, I do” when TIME’s Mark Halperin asked if he believes in same-sex marriage. Then it all culminated yesterday as ABC’s Robin Roberts got the exclusive with President Obama affirming his support of gay marriage.

But today on “CBS This Morning,” “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick said Pres. Obama should not have been surprised by Biden opening the can of gay worms, because Biden “was testing the material out of town” two weeks earlier at an fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Mutchnick says Biden spoke at the private function and his remarks were recorded by a White House camera crew. “It says to me that this was all very choreographed,” Mutchnick told CBS. “I mean, look, I’m just a man who experienced this, but Vice President Biden made it very clear that day these were his views and so much so that they wanted to record him.”

“The sum total is the White House should not have been surprised by what he said on ‘Meet the Press,’” said Mutchnick.

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‘Morning Joe’ Live From L.A. Friday

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will hit the road this week for a live show broadcast in Los Angeles this Friday.

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough will host from Crenshaw High School in South Central LA. The show will have an education focus, concentrating on how this community has committed to the Crenshaw students. Guests include Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Crenshaw High School is one of four schools “Morning Joe” is highlighting this year.

A Fair & Balanced Discussion of Glenn Beck’s Rally?

Tomorrow Howard Kurtz will be talking about Glenn Beck‘s rally, among other topics, with his panel on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” He’s got liberal talker Bill Press booked, as well as Matt Lewis, a conservative writer for Politics Daily and Jane Hall, who was until last year, a left-leaning Fox News pundit. Hall left Fox News in part because of Beck.

Is this a balanced panel? You decide tomorrow on CNN at 11amET.

The Beck rally and the competing rally held by the Rev. Al Sharpton will come up on the Sunday public affairs shows as well. Beck will be a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a guest on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” Duncan was scheduled to speak at Sharpton’s rally.

On “Reliable Sources” Kurtz will also be talking about former RNC chairman and campaign manager of Bush-Cheney ’04 Ken Mehlman coming out of the closet. Kurtz’s guest: Ross Douthat of The New York Times.

Don Lemon Hosts Town Hall with Education Secretary

Tonight, CNN’s Don Lemon hosts a town hall meeting featuring Education Secretary Arne Duncan called “Fixing America’s Schools.” Secy. Duncan will answer questions from parents, teachers and students on the realities they face everyday ranging from school facilities, safety to standardized testing. The town hall debuts tonight at 7pmET and re-airs tomorrow at 6pmET.