It’s Morningtime!

ABC scheduled the managing director of Standard and Poors, none of the the other shows mentions the downgrade but it will surely be a topic. C-SPAN’s Q&A will be interesting with RT’s Alyona Minkovski, and Avedon Carol and digby are Virtually Speaking this evening.

FDL Book Salon is quite the adventure, Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs.  FDL Movie Night goes behind the scenes of the culty group Up With People.

If there ever was a week we needed more kittens, this was it, so I have one of the cutest ever for you here, h/t to watertiger –>

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: S&P ratings downgrade – S&P Managing Director John Chambers. Debt ceiling – Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), chair of the Democratic Governors Association, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.  Roundtable: George Will, Cokie Roberts, Steve Rattner, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).  Syria – U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford. Then, Gloria Steinem on feminism today.

CBS’ Face the Nation: David Axelrod, Obama campaign strategist and fmr. White House Advisor, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and fmr. Democratic presidential candidate, Gov. Howard Dean. “Washington finds a way to lift the debt limit… But can it fix the economy and create jobs?”

CNN’s State of the Union: Steve Forbes, the CEO of Forbes Incorporated and Pres. Obama’s former top economic adviser, Larry Summers.  Then, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA). Debt ceiling – Former White House communications director Anita Dunn and former Republican congressman Tom Davis.  Syria – Vice Adm. Mike McConnell, former director of national intelligence.

Chris Mathews: Wall Street Is The Latest Name For Obama’s Pain. The 24/7 Media Universe: Already Fired Up To Fight That Super Committee!

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Debt ceiling – Arianna Huffington, Joe Klein, and others.  The “Ground Zero mosque” controversy – New York real estate developer Sharif el-Gamal. And more.

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Bill Miller, chair and CIO of Legg Mason Capital Management; Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty.**

NBC’s Meet the Press: Debt ceiling – John Kerry (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ)Roundtable: former Chair of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, former Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, Austan Goolsbee, Rachel Maddow, and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.

Newsmakers: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on the famine in Somalia and the tensions between Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan. Rep. Smith chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa.  He told Newsmakers that the famine in Somalia  “needs much more focus on the part of world leaders, including President Obama.  We have people dying and there needs to be a much more focused effort and global leadership on the part of the U.S.  Or we’ll have more massive loss of life”…

Q & A: Alyona Minkovski, host of “The Alyona Show”. Minkovski discusses her television program, shown weeknights at 6pm and 10pm on RT. Formerly known as Russia Today, RT is a Russian government funded media network. She talks about her program’s goal of examining the news not typically covered by traditional media outlets in the United States…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The next housing shock – As more and more Americans face mortgage foreclosure, banks’ crucial ownership documents for the properties are often unclear and are sometimes even bogus – a condition that’s causing lawsuits and hampering an already weak housing market. The co-founder – Lesley Stahl speaks to Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen in his first interview about his upcoming book in which he criticizes his Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates. Eminem – Anderson Cooper profiles the chart-topping rapper from Detroit who overcame addiction to reclaim the winning style that made him the biggest selling artist of the past decade.

To the Contrary: Host Bonnie Erbe examines the impacts immigration and population growth have on healthcare, poverty and our natural resources.

Univision’s Al Punto: Rosario Marin, Former United States Treasurer; Henry Cisneros, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; María Corina Machado, Venezuelan Opposition Congresswoman and Presidential Candidate; Ezequiel Hernández, Immigration Lawyer; Hollman Morris, Journalist and Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol and digby. 9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs.  “In Jackpot, author Jason Ryan takes us back to the heady days before drug smuggling was synonymous with deadly gunplay. During this golden age of marijuana trafficking, the country’s most prominent kingpins were a group of wayward and fun-loving Southern gentlemen who forsook college educations to sail drug-laden luxury sailboats across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean.”  Chat with author Jason Ryan, hosted by Stanford Neill Franklin. 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Smile Till It Hurts: The Up With People Story “explores the clean-cut, smile-drenched singing phenomenon Up With People.”  Come meet with producer/director Lee Storey, and producer Bari Pearlman, executive producer Jack Lechner, and Lisa Derrick.  8pm ET.