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Normally, I pick some song or clip to launch into a discussion of the bobbleheads on the Sunday news shows. But today, I want to just ignore the painfully one-sided booking and enjoy this slight sense of relief.
For the last three years, I've done the In Memoriam segment, chronicling dutifully and heart-achingly the names of each service member the Pentagon has released. I search for and link to articles from their local papers, because I want you to know that each one of those names was a real person, one with parents, spouses, children, school friends and sweethearts grieving that loss in their lives. I will continue to do the In Memoriam segment, marking the notable names that have shuffled off this mortal coil. But today, let me just take a small pleasure in knowing that this discrete portion of my job is now over. There are more casualties that I will have to write for you; we're still in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future. But today, join me in the grace of knowing that we have ended this chapter of our history.
Line up for Sunday shows courtesy of Allen McDuffee of WaPo:
ABC’s This Week: “The Great American Debate” series debuts with Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-WI); George Will, ABC News and The Washington Post; Rep. Barney Frank, (D-MA); Robert Reich, University of California-Berkeley
CBS’ Face the Nation: Newt Gingrich
CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley:Jon Huntsman, Republican presidential candidate; Paul Bremer, former presidential envoy to Iraq; Gen. James Cartwright (Ret.), Former Vice-Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff; Robin Wright, Woodrow Wilson Center\
CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan president Hamid Karzai; David Remnick, The New Yorker; Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal; Kurt Anderson, Time; Gillian Tett, Financial Times
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Julie Mason, Sirius XM Radio; Dana Milbank, The Washington Post; Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review; David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun; Marisa Guthrie, Hollywood Reporter, Dave Zirin, The Nation; Gregg Doyel, CBS Sportsline; Andrew kaczynski; Richard Stengel, Time.
Fox News Sunday: Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate
NBC’s Meet the Press: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House; Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN); Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC); E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution and Washington Post columnist; Mike Murphy, Republican strategist
NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Katty Kay, BBC; Chuck Todd, NBC; Rick Stengel, Times; Kathleen Parker, Washington Post
Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Benjamin Jealous, NAACP; Melody Barnes, outgoing White House director of the Domestic Policy Council; Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
So, what's catching your eye this morning?