Well, the New Years Talking Heads start out as more of the same old same old, with a year end wrap-up or two, and a couple reruns. Note that NBC has an Exclusive! with Lindsey Graham, as if he’s a hard get.
Progressives Avedon Carol and Chris Kendricks will be Virtually Speaking at 8pm ET. Unfortunately, there is no FDL Book Salon today but tomorrow’s Movie Night features the documentary Phil Ochs, see you there.
Washington Journal: 7:45am – Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor, House Correspondent. 8:30am – Col. Randall Larsen (Ret.), Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, CEO. 9:15am – Newspaper Articles & Viewer Calls.
ABC’s This Week: Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee. George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project.
CBS’ Face The Nation: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Rep.-elect Mike Kelly (R-PA) discuss what’s ahead for the new Congress.
Chris Matthews: Topics: What Must President Obama Do This Year to Get Competitive for 2012? New Year’s Resolutions for Palin and her GOP Rivals, for Hillary Clinton, and the Royals.
CNN’s State of the Union: Ed Henry guest hosts. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will join us exclusively to discuss President Obama’s next two years in office. Then, incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Plus, “three distinct voices within the House Democratic caucus chart the course forward for a wounded party looking to regain some momentum in the new year.” Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY).
Fareed Zakaria – GPS: How To Lead. This special features interviews on what makes a great leader with 5 leaders from diverse arenas (global politics, national politics, military, business and academia). Tony Blair; Lou Gerstner; Christie Whitman; Rick Levin; Admiral Mike Mullen.
Fox News Sunday: The new Congress. Incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Incoming chair of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Plus, two Tea Party candidates who won in November, Sen.-Elect Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep.-Elect Allen West, (R-FL) . Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Michael Duffy.
NBC’s Meet The Press: “Exclusive!” Lindsey Graham. Roundtable: Can President Obama and Republicans continue to compromise in 2011, or will posturing in advance of the 2012 presidential race lead to gridlock on the tough issues like job growth, the debt, and the deficit? E.J. Dionne, Yale law professor and author Stephen Carter, Katty Kay, and Senator-elect Pat Toomey (R-PA).
Newsmakers: Gentry Collins. Recently, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele announced that he will run for reelection to his post, despite his rocky first term. Former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins announced that he will challenge Steele in his reelection bid.
Q & A: Bob Samuelson, columnist for Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post. He is also syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. His columns concentrate on economics and politics as well as socio-economic issues. He was hired in 1969 as a metro reporter.
Religion & Ethics: Looking back and looking forward.
60 Minutes: Bad Medicine – Drug company whistle-blower Cheryl Eckard tells Scott Pelley about her experience trying to fix problems at a pharmaceutical factory that made her a key figure in a federal lawsuit and a multimillionaire. Wynton – Jazz missionary Wynton Marsalis. (This is a double-length segment)
Univision’s Al Punto: Rep. Xavier Becerra, (D-CA); Rep. leana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Jorge Castañeda, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; Arnoldo Torres, Expert on Hispanic Issues; and Lola Gonzalez, Former Small Business Owner.
Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol and Chris Kendrick. Developments of the week are discussed. The Gasbag atrocities are documented. And various news stories that arise during the Sunday shows are considered. There will be mockery, 8pm ET.
C-SPAN’s Book TV: This month’s In Depth features Phyllis Bennis, the director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Ms. Bennis is a fellow at the Transnational Institute and an adviser to United Nation officials on the Middle East.
FDL Book Salon: No Book Salon this weekend.