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Wow. It's been quite a week, hasn't it? Like any real Californian, I've been in more than a few big quakes and generally tend to be unconcerned by the earth moving, but let me tell you, that was some seriously ginormous seismic activity. Hard to be nonplussed about that. Between the growing tide of populism in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho and all over the US and the horrors of the gargantuan earthquake in Japan (and the ongoing fear of some nuclear fallout drifting in our direction), there's been one thing on my mind. We're one. One people. One world. One life. So much of the awfulness and division stems from people fighting that one fact: we're one. I watched a documentary with my kids this week that studied the DNA from random people in a Queens, NY street fair. They traced them backwards through time and watched as these tentacles that spread across the world converged into their origins on one continent. For as much diversity that we enjoy in this country, we all came from that same place, that one tribe. I suspect that if we really learned to care for each other, carry each other in more than just the lyrics from a pop song, this would be a much better world.
Christiane Amanpour appears to take any excuse to get out of the studio; This Week is live from Japan this morning. Certainly, State of the Union will also spend some time on Japan--anything to avoid talking about the protests all over the country. Hell, let's even get the former head of Shell Oil on. Any bets on whether Candy Crowley asks him why his company should still get those massive tax breaks and be one of the most profitable companies in the world? And you know, no Sunday would be complete without Joe Lieberman and Mitch McConnell. I'll spend this time trying to figure out how it's possible to be at one with them. Something tells me that's easier said than done.
ABC's "This Week" - Live from Japan.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Katty Kay, David Ignatius, David Brooks, Kelly O'Donnell. Topics: Can Any GOP Candidate Beat President Obama At His Own Game of Hope? Will Republicans Successfully Cut Off Funds For PBS and NPR? Meter Questions: Can Any GOP Presidential Candidate Be As Hopeful as President Obama? YES: 7 NO: 5; Will President Obama Win The P.R. Battle If There .Is A Government Shutdown? YES: 11 No: 1
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, independent from Connecticut.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz; Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif; John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil; Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to the U.S.; James Acton, Nuclear Policy Program associate, Carnegie Endowment; James Lee Witt, former FEMA director.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Discussions on the future of Libya; the earthquake in Japan.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
So what's catching your eye this morning?