Friday, July 22, 2005

Sunday Chat & Chews

It's Friday, which means the Sunday Chat & Chews are just around the corner. This Week, Meet the Press and Face the Nation air on Sundays (usually Sunday mornings) so check your local listings.

ABC's This Week has the following guests and topics:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
The focus in Washington this week is on two men: John Roberts and Karl Rove. President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court seems to be headed for confirmation, but what difference will he make on the court? Did Karl Rove leak classified information, and is special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald now looking into conspiracy or obstruction of justice charges? Senate heavyweight John McCain will join me in an exclusive interview to discuss the political fallout on the White House, as well as John Roberts' nomination and his upcoming confirmation hearings.
Plus, Sen. Patrick Leahy will join me in an exclusive interview to further discuss what the Democrats plan to do about the new details emerging regarding Rove's version of events in the controversy, as well as Judge Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court. Since President Bush announced his pick on Tuesday, no Democratic senator has publicly come out against Judge Roberts and there's been no talk of a filibuster. Does this mean he'll face a relatively smooth confirmation process and avoid a political battle that was so widely expected?
Then, in our Voices this week, the unseen burdens of war. Stefanie Pelkey, a former captain in the U.S. Army, testifies on Capitol Hill next week on behalf of her husband, Capt. Michael Pelkey, who served in Iraq for six months in 2003. She will talk about the nightmare that followed him home -- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her husband committed suicide just two weeks after being diagnosed with the disorder. Now Stefanie is speaking out to try to help other military families who may be facing the same trauma, and because she doesn't want her husband's death to be in vain.
Finally, David Gergen, former presidential adviser, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, and ABC News' Linda Douglass will join me for a discussion on Karl Rove's political problems, the terror attacks in London, and John Roberts' nomination. And we'll remember the general synonymous with Vietnam, a Washington institution and the man who brought you the TV dinner.

NBC's Meet the Press has the following guests and topics:

FRED THOMPSON Adviser to Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts
Former Senator, R - Tennessee
SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL) Assistant Minority Leader, Democratic Whip
Judiciary Committee
NBC News White House Correspondent
New York Times
National Journal
National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent

On Tuesday evening, President George W. Bush announced his nomination of Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court. This Sunday, we will have an exclusive interview with the man the White House selected to advise Roberts through the Senate confirmation process, former Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN). Then, in another exclusive interview, we will get the Democrats' perspective on the Roberts' nomination from Assistant Minority Leader and Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Plus, the politics of the Roberts nomination, the outlook for his confirmation, the continuing CIA leak investigation, the future of Karl Rove and the protection of confidential sources. Insights and analysis from our political roundtable: David Gregory of NBC News, William Safire of the New York Times, Stuart Taylor of the National Journal and Nina Totenberg of NPR.

CBS's Face the Nation offers the following guests and topics:

CBS Evening News Anchor Bob Schieffer
Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts and Terror Bombings In London
Alberto Gonzales
U.S. Attorney General
Sen. Joe Biden
Democrat - Delaware
Judiciary Committee
Jan Crawford Greenburg
The Chicago Tribune

I trash the Chat & Chews because . . . well honestly, they make it so damn easy to. But I will note that it's not the usual booking frenzy of "We will all have the same guests!" for this Sunday.
Nina Totenberg is someone I enjoy on NPR so if I were going to watch one, it would probably be Meet the Press. If you're of the mind to watch one (or more) hopefully the above will help you make your choice (or choices).

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