John Legend and The Roots -- Wake Up Everybody
I don't know about you, but the next week for me will be crazy busy. There's so much to get done in my official position as Santa's helper for my home, and I have other projects and work-related stuff (there are 38 short stories needing editing on my desktop that mock my desire to enjoy the holidays) that all has to be done in a ridiculously short period of time. And I'm not even in Congress. The lame duck session has proven to have both its major triumphs (DADT repealed! Woot!) and its disappointments (the tax cut bill and the failure of the DREAM act), but it sure isn't a quiet season of peace.
The acts during this lame duck session will be the major topic of conversation this Sunday. And I suspect, based on the guest list, we're going to see both sides of the aisle taking credit for very different things. Look for VP Joe Biden to remind David Gregory that lots of people work at Christmas time, despite the GOP complaints on Meet The Press, Lindsey Graham arguing against the repeal of DADT on Face the Nation and of course, Mitch McConnell defending his ugly obstructionism on State of the Union. But for my taste, I am eager to hear UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and why Britain's new "austerity measures" budget cuts are not the right choice on Fareed Zakaria GPS. I like the idea of hearing from the leader of a country who believes that the population has certain rights to health care, affordable schooling, etc. Think you're ever gonna hear anything like that from Jon Kyl on Fox News Sunday?
ABC's "This Week" - Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Vice President Joe Biden; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Republican strategist Mark McKinnon.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Andrea Mitchell, Michael Duffy, Helene Cooper, Andrew Sullivan. Topics: Did Barack Obama Get Back on the Right Track This Week? Top Ten Political Gaffes of the Year
CNN's "State of the Union" - Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers; Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; retired Adm. William Fallon, a former commander of U.S. Central Command; retired Gen. Richard Myers, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Remembering Richard Holbrooke, the President's recent Afghanistan review and the challenges that lie ahead. Then, Britain's austerity measures have sparked protests and violence. Fareed sits down with the architect of the austerity, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. And for the other side of the story, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who also served as the U.K.'s finance minister, tells Fareed why he thinks the budget cuts are the wrong move.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?