Holy Flying Spaghetti Monster, this week has not been good for my blood pressure.
There's no point in pretending that the Nunes memo isn't going to suck the air out of any and all other discussions. The sad part is that it will be yet another opportunity for the Republicans to frame the debate to somehow declare that a man who bragged about being a Russian agent shouldn't have been surveilled via FISA by the FBI simply in the attempt to drag a Trump-nominated Republican Deputy AG into either getting fired or quitting so that Trump can the somehow stop a federal investigation into whether a hostile foreign entity interfered with our elections. That's the Republican logic that the Sunday news anchors will not challenge.
But NY congressman Jerry Nadler *DID* challenge it. Notice that he's not invited today.
So, RIP America. It was nice while it lasted, but I don't see a way to repair this level of idiocracy back to a functioning democracy, unless we manage to regain the majority in both houses of Congress in the midterms and send the enabling corruption of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell packing. And even then, it will be a long slog of relentless work (for you and me on the ground too) to bring it back.
ABC's "This Week" - Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Will Hurd, R-Texas. Panel: Mary Bruce, Bill Kristol, Roland Martin, former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki, and former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Reince Priebus, President Donald Trump's former chief of staff; former CIA Director John Brennan. Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Hugh Hewitt, Eugene Robinson and Amy Walter.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health's infectious disease chief. Michael Morell, former acting CIA director; Victoria Nuland, former assistant Secretary of State; Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security Adviser to President George W. Bush. Panel: Molly Ball, Jamelle Bouie, Ben Domenech and Julie Pace.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Jim Himes, D-Conn., Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Karen Bass, D-Calif. Panel: former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.; former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - King Abdullah II of Jordan.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Chris Ruddy, chief executive officer of Newsmax Media; David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun; Hadas Gold of CNN; Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News; Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic; Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs, Princeton University; Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post.
"Fox News Sunday" - Reps. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defense secretary; Charles R. Bowery, executive director of the United States Army Center of Military History. Panel: Howard Kurtz, host of “MediaBuzz”; Jonathan Swan of Axios; Gillian Turner of Fox News; and Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service.
So what's catching your eye this morning?