A happy winter morning to all – the sun is going to shine here, I’m sure, it’s peeking through the clouds. And like you, I’m looking forward to seeing what Marion brings us for breakfast.

Once again, looking at the lineup, our Peterr sees through:

I’m struck by the absence of Boehner, Cantor, and other big GOP names from the House. Mitch McConnell is out there from the Senate, and there are a number of GOP House newcomers, but the Powers That Be from The People’s House are conspicuous by their absence.

I almost get the idea that the GOP House leadership doesn’t really want to talk about anything that happened last week — the Sandy debacle, the election of the speaker, and other divisions in their ranks — as we look ahead to the debt ceiling mess, the sequester fight, and the continuing continuing resolution battle.

Tune in, turn on…

WASHINGTON JOURNAL.

ABC’S THIS WEEK:  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Then new members Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), and Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR). Roundtable: George Will, Greta Van Susteren, Gwen Ifill, Robert Reich, Jonathan Karl.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Incoming Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chris Murphy (D-CT). Plus, Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA).

CHRIS HAYES:  Hurricane Sandy relief, a look back at the 112th congress, Chicago’s homicide rate, Steve Ellis, the vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. Fran O’Connor, a resident of Sayreville, NJ, one of the towns hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. Esther Armah, host of “Wake Up Call” on WBAI-FM. Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois and creator of the Violence Interrupter Initiative. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), newly elected Congressman representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

CHRIS MATTHEWS.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and freshman Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). Roundtable: Neera Tanden from the Center for American Progress, right-leaning economist Stephen Moore, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, and Jackie Calmes of the New York Times.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:  John Roberts hosts. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).  Then freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Bill Kristol, Charles Lane.

MOYERS & COMPANY:  Ending the Silence on Climate Change. Climate change communication expert Anthony Leiserowitz explains why climate change gets the silent treatment, and what we should do about it.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Then, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. Roundtable: Freshman Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Newt Gingrich, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chair of the NRSC Carly Fiorina, E.J. Dionne.

NEWSMAKERS:  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) talks about what’s next on the Farm Bill, after a small part of it was passed as part of the fiscal cliff package, with the bulk of it unpassed. Some analysts see a rougher time in 2013 with attempts to pass a farm bill. Senator Stabenow has been critical of the farm measures approved this past week as part of the fiscal legislation, measures worked out by Senators Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden…

Q & A:  Historian and author Timothy Naftali. He discusses the oral history project he conducted during his tenure as Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Between himself and his assistant, Paul Musgrave, there were over 140 interviews performed in various locations throughout the country. He states the goal of the project was to obtain oral histories from members of Richard Nixon’s administration as well as other prominent figures from the Nixon era…

RELIGION & ETHICS.

60 MINUTES:  The Paper – It’s a sure sign of the digital times when the New Orleans Times-Picayune, published every day for 175 years, goes to a three-day-a-week publishing schedule. As Morley Safer reports, it’s a fate many more newspapers face as the Internet becomes the source of almost instantaneous news. Design Thinking – The term refers to incorporating human behavior into design and David Kelley and his Silicon Valley company IDEO have used this approach to create some of the world’s most iconic products, like the stand-up toothpaste tube and the computer mouse for Apple. Charlie Rose profiles the man and his company. Barca – Barcelona’s soccer team may be the best of all time thanks to a unique training system that produced 17 of the football club’s current 25 first-line players — including Lionel Messi, considered the best player in the world. Bob Simon reports.

TO THE CONTRARY:  As the 113th Congress gets sworn in, Illinois Democrat and Iraq war veteran Rep. Tammy Duckworth shares her story of service. Then, international rights community calls for change after the fatal gang-rape of a woman in India, and declining birth rates in the United States.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Ramon Muchacho, Venezuelan Candidate for Mayor of Chacao “Primero Justicia” Party; Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Chef José Andrés, culinary creator and advocate, owner Think Food Group.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Political & social analysts Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter discuss the developments of the week. Plus political satirist Culture of Truth comments on the most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @JoanMcCarter @CliffSchecter @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV:  In DepthDonald Barlett and James Steele are former editors at large for Time magazine, and now work for Vanity Fair.  The investigative journalism team has won two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards.  They began their collaborative work at the Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 1970s.

FDL’S BOOK SALON:  Bev is hosting a discussion From your thoughts to my desk…  “Let’s talk about Book Salons. What do you like, what books would you like to see, what are your favorite books, authors, hosts? Suggestions? It has been five and a half years and over 570 Book Salons since I started in July 2007.  We have had some great authors and newsmakers on the salon, and we’ve occasionally made the news on the salon.” 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY:Scenes Of A Crime explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession, and an intense, high-profile child murder trial in New York state.” “What might lead an innocent man to confess to something he didn’t do? When Adrian Thomas walked into the Troy, New York police station and waived his Miranda rights, he didn’t know he was being video-recorded. His four-month-old baby lay brain-dead in a pediatric ICU. The doctors believed it was “shaken baby” abuse, and Adrian Thomas became the main suspect. And so began a psychological battle…”   Come join Lisa Derrick and guests Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh for the discussion. 8pm ET, 5pm PT Monday.WASHINGTON JOURNAL.

 

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