What's coming up on the Sunday talk shows
This weekend, the Sunday shows will turn their attention to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and the 2016 race for president.
CBS’s Face the Nation will have Michael Morrell, former Central Intelligence director and a member of the NSA Review Panel that just issued its findings. Fox News Sunday will be talking about that panel’s sharp rebuke of what the NSA has been doing. NBC’s Meet the Press brings in Sens. Peter King, R-NY, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to discuss whether the President should follow the panel’s advice to curb the NSA. ABC's This Week tackles the same topic with House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. CNN’s State of the Union says on their Facebook page that they are watching this issue, so we expect it to show up on their air as well.
On the 2016 race, Fox will have former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. In a carefully planned trio of interviews with news organizations about a week ago, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, Huckabee said he’s seriously considering a run in 2016. CNN noted that Hillary Clinton said she will decide sometime next year. We’re still waiting to see who will unpack the race for them.
NBC’s Meet the Press takes a different path with their lead guest, Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde will offer her take on the U.S. economy and assess the impacts of unemployment and the minimum wage. The show also has Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to talk about the year ahead for the Obama presidency and the latest signs of faster economic growth.
The pundit list for NBC includes Republican strategist Ana Navarro, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
On ABC, there's Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, former "car czar" Steven Rattner, and Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.
For seasonal fare, Fox will talk with author and minister Joel Osteen, head of the Lakewood Church in Houston, and CBS will review the year with four of their correspondents: Margaret Brennan, Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, and David Martin. CBS will also have a panel to go over the best books of 2013.