June 12, 2016

(Thom Hartmann speaks with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI, 2nd District) about Paul Ryan's new "poverty plan," Ryan's refusal to allow regular order in the House, and what it means for our nation's poor.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver (h/t Charlie Pierce) from Wisconsin are making the rounds on the Sunday bobblehead shows this weekend. I'm not expecting a concession from Sanders until the last primary is over, nor do I expect Ryan to admit that he's trying to have it both ways with his endorsement of Trump while attempting to distance himself as far as possible from almost everything that comes out of his mouth.

Sadly I do expect our Beltway Villagers to treat Ryan as though he's some sort of "expert" on the economy and a "voice of reason" in the Republican party, even though his policies are nothing more than the same, cruel, trickle-down economics and tax cuts for the wealthy that they've been pushing for decades even though it's long been obvious that those policies have failed.

It looks like Orange Julius is taking a break this weekend, but his surrogates will still be out in force. They let Katrina vanden Huevel back on the air on ABC again as a voice of reason, but not without the likes of "I used to be a Republican, but now I'm an independent" hack, both siderist Matthew Dowd and wrong-way Bloody Bill Kristol for "balance."

Any sanity coming from Joy Reid on NBC's Meet the Press will quickly be countered by hate talk radio host, a.k.a. Joe Scarborough and ChuckTodd's new BFF, Hugh Hewitt.

And oh goodie, Mittens decided to crawl back out of his garage elevator to attack Hair Drumpf now that it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever. Maybe he'll have some fairy tales for Jake Tapper about how they may change the rules at the convention if Trump doesn't learn to "get on script" some time soon and quit embarrassing all these poor Republicans who just can't figure out how all of these raving maniac racists managed to sneak their way into their party. Good luck with that Mitt.

Here's this Sunday's lineup courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel (check your local listings for times and stations in your area:

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are among the guests on the Sunday morning list. The lineup:

Democratic presidential candidate Sanders and Ryan talk to CBS' "Face the Nation" at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Other guests are Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Corey Lewandowski, Trump campaign manager. The panel will be Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post, Jamelle Bouie of Slate, Ben Domenech of The Federalist and Nancy Cordes of CBS.

Ryan and Sanders visit ABC's "This Week" at 10 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. Other guests are Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Paul Manafort, Trump campaign chair and chief strategist. The panel will be Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway, ABC's Matthew Dowd, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.

Sanders and Flake talk to NBC's "Meet the Press" at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. Other guests are former 2008 McCain strategist Steve Schmidt and former 2008 Obama strategist David Plouffe. The panel will be Tom Brokaw of NBC, radio host Hugh Hewitt, Joy Reid of MSNBC and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are guests on "Fox News Sunday" at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. Bret Baier is the host. The panel will be Brit Hume, Juan Williams, George Will and Julie Pace of The Associated Press.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a guest on "State of the Union" at 9 a.m. and noon on CNN. Other guests are Sanders and John Podesta, chair of Hillary for America. The panel will be Bakari Sellers, Amanda Carpenter, Andre Bauer and Nina Turner.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew talks to "Fareed Zakaria GPS" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on CNN. Other guests are Anne Applebaum of The Washington Post; John Peet of The Economist; Hamza Yusuf, president and founder of Zaytuna College; and Bryan Stevenson, attorney and founder of Equal Justice Initiative.

Republican fundraiser Foster Friess and Robert Wolf, 32 Advisors CEO and former Obama adviser, talk to "Sunday Morning Futures" at 10 a.m. on Fox News Channel. Other guests are Sebastian Gorka, author of the upcoming book "Defeating Jihad," and Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The panel will be Republican strategist Tony Sayegh, Democratic pollster and strategist Jessica Tarlov and Steve Moore, economic advisor to Donald Trump.

Trish Regan of Fox Business Network and Rich Lowry of National Review are guests on "MediaBuzz" at 11 a.m. on Fox News Channel. Other guests are Heidi Przybyla of USA Today, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist, Democratic strategist Joe Tripp and Eboni Williams, a Fox News contributor.

Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord and Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, talk to CNN's "Reliable Sources" at 11 a.m. A panel features Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Annie Linskey of The Boston Globe, David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun and Tim Naftali, former director of the Nixon Presidential Library.

The panel on "Inside Politics," at 8 a.m. on CNN, will be Peter Baker of The New York Times, Abby Phillip of The Washington Post, Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg Politics and Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal.

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