May 26, 2013

Sarah McLachlan -- I Will Remember You

I don't know how many people actually celebrate Memorial Day for its intended purpose rather than as a three day weekend. I always think about my grandfathers on Memorial Day. Neither died while in service, but both served; my maternal grandfather was in the Army during WWII, stationed in Paris, and my paternal grandfather was a careerist in Air Force, eventually retiring as the Inspector General. Though I love my grandpas dearly, I don't want to deify them and make them unearned heroes. What I do want to acknowledge is neither of them (nor their wives--and I don't think you can over-estimate the sacrifices of the military families) possessed that sense of entitlement that I see affecting far too much of our political discussions. They never expressed a sense of being owed anything, nor did they waver in their commitment that they had to contribute to any success that the country achieved. They had setbacks, both personal and political, but neither took the position that somehow because they disagreed with what was happening that it was the worst thing to happen to this country. Both of them saw--up close and personal--the very worst things that humanity could do and knew that hyperbole like that wasn't constructive.

How completely opposite of the bobbleheads on today's shows. So for my Bub and Pop-Pop, happy Memorial Day. I only wish that this country acted more deserving of and less entitled to the sacrifices you and so many other service members made.

ABC's "This Week" -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; retired Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan; Political round table: Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.; DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; former Director of National Intelligence Ret. Admiral Dennis Blair; New York Times national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti; ABC News Senior National Correspondent and Fusion White House Correspondent Jim Avila and Politico senior political reporter Maggie Haberman; creators and executive producers of Showtime’s “Homeland” Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. (Indy 500 may pre-empt or delay airings in some areas)

NBC's "Meet the Press" -- Pre-empted by Monaco Grand Prix.

CBS' "Face the Nation" -- Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla.; Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Weather and climate panel: Chief Climatologist for Climate Central Dr. Heidi Cullen, TIME Magazine senior editor of science and technology Jeffrey Kluger, David Bernard, who is theChief Meteorologist from WFOR, and Marshall Shepherd, President of the American Meteorological Society. David Gergen of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Michael Gerson of the Washington Post. Author Joseph Persico

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Marin Cogan, contributing writer, The New Republic & GQ; Basil Smikle, Jr., political strategist, professor, Columbia University; Richard Kim, executive editor,; Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic; Chris Geidner, senior political and legal reporter,; Mui Ylan, financial reporter, The Washington Post; Frank Clemente, campaign manager, Americans for Tax Fairness.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Doug Wilder, former Governor of Virginia; Steve Kornacki, Host of MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki"; Tara Wall, Former Senior Media Advisor for the Romney/Ryan campaign / Founder of PTP Foundation for Media Arts; Lori Silverbush, Filmmaker and Co-Director of "A Place at the Table"; James Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center; Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA); Asean Johnson, 9-year-old student at Marcus Garvey School in Chicago / Protested his school being closed; Allison Kilkenny, Co-Host of Citizen Radio / Reporter at The Nation; Daniel Denvir, Reporter at the Philadelphia City paper / Contributing Writer at Salon; Christina Bellantoni, Political Editor at PBS Newshour.

MSNBC's "The Ed Show" -- Karen Finney, MSNBC Political Analyst; Bob Shrum, Democratic Strategist; Admiral Joe Sestak; Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA).
CNN's "State of the Union" _ Fallin; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.; Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean of Joplin, Mo.

CNN's "State of the Union" -- Fallin; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.; Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean of Joplin, Mo. Panel: CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein, The Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Financial Times commentator Martin Wolf and Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- Berry Tramel, columnist for The Oklahoman; The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, Tim Carney of The Washington Examiner and Keli Goff from; Radio talk show host Michael Smerconish; tech experts Katie Linendoll and Mario Armstrong.

"Fox News Sunday" -- Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan. Panel: Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst; Charles Lane, Editorial Writer for The Washington Post; Nina Easton, FORTUNE's Washington columnist & senior editor; Juan Williams, Fox News Political Analyst.

We're going to extend our holiday scheduling for today and tomorrow (to give the staff a chance to enjoy friends and family), but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear what's catching your eye this morning.

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