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Monday’s ‘Hardball’ to Feature Debate Panel on Obama 2012 Strategies

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will host a special live edition of “Hardball” at 7 p.m. tomorrow night called “The Great Democratic Debate.” Matthews will moderate a panel of politicians and political experts that will discuss re-election strategies for President Obama in 2012.

Panel guests include documentary director Michael Moore, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (I), Ronald Reagan biographer Douglas Brinkey and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who is also an NBC News political analyst.

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PBS to Air Extended Interview of Nancy Reagan

On what would have been former President Ronald Reagan‘s 100th birthday, PBS will air “Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime” tonight at 10pmET (local listings may vary).

At the center of the biopic is an extended interview of the former First Lady by Judy Woodruff, who covered the Reagan administration as a White House correspondent. The documentary also will feature interviews with friends, family, and administration insiders, as well as rare photos and film footage, according to a press release.

The documentary is part of PBS’s “Modern First Ladies” series.  The first installment focused on Lady Bird Johnson, with the second a profile of Betty Ford.

> EarlierRonald Reagan Centennial Coverage

Ronald Reagan Centennial Coverage

Former President Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. So this weekend, the news networks are offering special programming honoring the legacy of the 40th President of the United States.

CNN chief national correspondent John King will anchor special coverage of the Reagan Centennial Celebration live from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, tomorrow from 2-4pmET. Attendees at the event include former Secretary of State James Baker, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and cabinet members of the Reagan administration.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” will broadcast live from the Library tomorrow as well. Guests include Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and Baker. There will be a round-table discussion with Baker, former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, former San Francisco mayor and state assembly Speaker Willie Brown, and NBC News White House Correspondent during the Reagan administration, Andrea Mitchell.

Fox News Channel will air stories and vignettes throughout the weekend that will focus on the milestone moments in Reagan’s life: his Hollywood career, his marriage to Nancy, political campaigns, the presidency, and his retirement from public life. Tomorrow night, Fox News will re-air “Reagan’s Resolve” documentary. Fox News Los Angeles correspondent Casey Stegall will be reporting live from the Reagan Library on Sunday.

Sarah Palin Responds to the Media: ‘America must be stronger than the evil displayed last week’

Sarah Palin released a 7-minute video on her Facebook page this morning responding to the criticism she received following Saturday’s shooting spree in Tucson.

The former VP nominee called some of the talk about her, “irresponsible statements from people trying to apportion blame for this terrible event.” Palin was referring to a map — posted ten months ago on her Facebook page — adorned with targets of congressional districts her backers hoped to overtake — including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Palin quoted former President Ronald Reagan who said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.” Palin then accused some in the media of “blood libel…”

“Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

It’s Sam’s Last Day

ABCNews.com put together a montage-o-Sam. Today is the ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson‘s last day. The montage includes Donaldson pressing Pres. Ronald Reagan during his news conferences, Donaldson’s signature close about “another edition of Primetime LIVE!” and clips of some of his “television programs on the Worldwide Web.”

Sam Donaldson to Retire from ABC News

Donaldson_2.16.jpgWhat better day for Sam Donaldson to announce his retirement than on Presidents’ Day.

Donaldson, who covered presidents from Kennedy to Obama, is retiring next week from full time work at ABC News. The 41-year ABC News vet will continue to appear occasionally on This Week with George Stephanopoulos as well as on ABC Radio. Howard Kurtz talked with Donaldson and his colleagues: “Some people leave the business bitter, feeling they’ve been cast out, or they hang on too long,” Donaldson tells Kurtz. “And I don’t ever want to get in that position.”

World News anchor Charles Gibson says Donaldson’s retirement “really is a loss of the bedrock” for ABC. “I just love the guy.”

In addition to stints co-anchoring “This Week” and “Primetime Live,” Donaldson is the author of “Hold On, Mr. President” about his days covering President Reagan. “I guess it’ll be on my tombstone: ‘He yelled at Ronald Reagan,’” Donaldson says.

CNN is Top-Rated Cable Channel For Inauguration

cnn_1-21.jpg> Updated with broadcast numbers.

CNN was the top-rated cable news channel for Inauguration coverage, according to Nielsen’s Fast National data.

11am-2pmET:

• Total Viewers:

NBC – 10,406,000

ABC – 10,129,000

CBS – 7,049,000

CNN – 6,941,000

FNC – 4,438,000

MSNBC – 2,571,000

• A25-54 demo:

NBC – 4,335,000

ABC – 3,931,000

CNN – 2,811,000

CBS – 2,724,000

FNC – 1,379,000

MSNBC – 924,000

(after the jump, how the cablers compared from 12-12:30pmET)

We’re still waiting for Fast National data for the broadcast networks, but ABC led at 6:30pm in Fast Affiliate data.

Overall, Nielsen reports 29.2% of the households in the top local television markets watched the Inauguration. That could make it the most watched Inauguration since Ronald Reagan‘s in 1981.

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