Sunday preview: Fort Hood, CIA interrogation report and campaign money
By Jon Greenberg
Published on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 2:34 p.m.
It’s hard to see how the shooting deaths at Fort Hood, Texas won’t come up in some fashion on each of the Sunday shows. The thought of a soldier killing his fellow soldiers runs hard against the grain and unlike the 2009 murders at this large Army base, there is no sign yet of any political or ideological motivation.
Fox News Sunday, ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press and CBC’s Face the Nation have all signaled that they will talk about Fort Hood.
Fox looks at the latest news on the investigation with House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Senate Armed Services Committee member Tim Kaine, D- Va. ABC will bring on Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, and retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former Army vice chief of staff.
NBC talks to retired Adm. Michael Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. CBS brings on McCaul as well as Dan Pfeiffer, a White house senior advisor.
Beyond Fort Hood, viewers can expect to hear discussions of General Motors’ failure to recall millions of cars, CIA interrogation methods, efforts to raise the minimum wage, and the spread of money in politics.
ABC sits down with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to get her reactions to the Capitol Hill testimony by GM CEO Mary Barra. The car maker is reeling from a potentially deadly ignition-switch flaw that the company hid for a decade. Barra has led the company for just three months, but lawmakers were openly skeptical about a corporate culture that would allow this to happen.
CNN’s State of the Union gives House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center stage to talk about the Supreme Court decision that opened the door to more money in politics. Pelosi will also talk about the Democrats’ election-year push to raise the minimum wage. With no chance of getting a bill through the GOP House, this is not about passing a law; it’s about mobilizing the Democratic base and making Republicans oppose the idea, which is broadly popular.
Also this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to release the most detailed report yet on the harsh interrogation practices used by the CIA against about 100 terrorist suspects. CNN gets into what we can expect to learn with House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland.
NBC will also offer a heated debate on campaign money. Squaring off will be Shaun McCutcheon, the Alabama businessman who brought the case to the Supreme Court, and Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, one of the leading voices for stricter limits on money in politics.
CBS picks up on the Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously to talk about climate change with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Heidi Cullen. a science advisor on the series.
Finally, Meet the Press debuts a new feature called Meeting America. The idea is to go to the places in the country where the topics debated in Washington hit home.
Who’s talking where:
Fox News Sunday: Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst; Elise Viebeck, staff writer for The Hill; Liz Cheney, chair of Keep America Safe; and Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst.
ABC This Week: Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and Alicia Menendez, host of Fusion’s AM Tonight.
NBC Meet the Press: Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker; former Sen. John E. Sununu, R-N.H.; former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., D-Tenn.; and former America Online CEO Steve Case.
CBS Fact the Nation: Politico journalist Todd Purdum; Cook Political Report political analyst Amy Walter; and CBS News political director John Dickerson
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Researchers: Jon Greenberg
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