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Here’s the Sunday Talking Head line-up — read it and…well, you’ll see:

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), 9 a.m.: Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and John W. Warner (R-Va.); Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) and presidential adviser Michael J. Gerson .

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 9 a.m.: Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.); outgoing Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers and ABC News "20/20" anchor John Stossel .

FACE THE NATION (CBS, WUSA), 10:30 a.m.: Sens. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); journalists Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times.

MEET THE PRESS (NBC, WRC), 10:30 a.m.: Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) and journalists David S. Broder of The Washington Post, Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, David Gregory of NBC News and Anne E. Kornblut of the New York Times.

LATE EDITION (CNN), 11 a.m.: Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.); Afghan President Hamid Karzai ; Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain Shahristani ; and former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Henry A. Kissinger .

Interesting mix — with people and issues all over the map. Roger’s review this evening is going to be a hoot and a half…   Oh wow, look, Biden’s on — we never get to see him!  (snark intended)

The photo above is of an indigo bunting (the gorgeous blue bird) and a sparrow (I think, the beak doesn’t look finch-like) that I’m having trouble identifying on my laptop screen this morning.  Anyone want to hazard a guess on exact ID?  RevDeb sent this along from the wilds of Massachusetts.  What a gorgeous photo!

It’s raining here this morning, just a light rain instead of the toad strangler we had two days ago, and mercifully no lightning — our dachshund is a huge baby during storms.  The birds are peeved with my this morning — I’ve been so busy, that re-filling the feeders has been low on the priority list and we’re out of sunflower chips and the usual nut and safflower blend that they usually get.  Even the squirrel has been to the feeder griping at me this morning.  Guess I’ll have to drag myself out to the store this afternoon and take care of this, or a mutiny is in the offing.

All the rain has been great for my flowers.  The crimson bee balm has burst into flower this week, and the usual hummingbird tribe can’t be far behind.  The weeds are taking over everywhere — haven’t had time this week to do the usual maintenance — so I’ll be headed out to pull a bunch pretty much every day this week.  It’s amazing how quickly a little neglect can turn into a huge weed patch.  (Clearly there is a life lesson in there somewhere, but I haven’t yet had enough coffee…)

From the looks of things this morning, the rain is going to be an all day thing — which is good for my flowers, but not so fun for small peanuts who like to play outside.  We have a back patio (where momma can get internet connectivity — woo hoo!), and we’ve been spending quite a bit of time out there where she and her dolls can make important meals in her playhouse and dig up momma’s flowers and all sorts of other very important work.  (I just try to keep the pine needles out of my laptop keyboard…)  Looks like we won’t be out there today, as wet as it is, and that’s going to require a bit of creative activity planning.  Any good suggestions would be much appreciated.

So, what’s on everyone’s mind this morning?  I saw a headline on CNN’s website that the Administration is saying, yet again, that they are planning a big troop withdrawal.  I’m filing this in the "believe it when I see it" category — isn’t this about the fifth time they’ve trotted this out to the public?  Funny how that always seems to happen near election time, isn’t it?  What a coinky-dink…