If you are inclined to spend your Sunday catching up on politics, USA Today provides an overview of the guests, lawmakers and topics that are scheduled on the hottest political talk shows.
Here’s the lineup:
• Fox News Sunday will interview former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, about the troubles with Obamacare and the 2014 election cycle. Huckabee, who was the surprise winner of the all-important 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses, has said he is keeping the door open to a 2016 run for the White House.
• ABC’s This Week will feature interviews with House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rogers, a former FBI agent, has been one of the most vociferous defenders in Congress of the NSA and has charged that there has been “gross distortion” of some of the agency’s practices. Udall, on the other hand, has been one of the toughest critics of the agency. He applauded a federal judge’s ruling this week that the NSA’s collection of data on nearly all calls made to and from the USA is likely unconstitutional.
• CBS’ Face the Nation will feature an interview with Michael Morell, a former deputy CIA director and member of the intelligence review panel. Morell told reporters this week about the report: “I do believe, as a 33-year veteran intelligence officer, that the recommendations will not undermine in any way the intelligence community’s ability keep the country safe.”
• CNN’s State of the Union will interview another member of the intelligence review panel, former Office of Management and Budget Privacy director Peter Swire. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a veteran centrist politician who will play a key role in whether Congress manages to pass any major legislation in 2014, will also sit down for an interview. The leaders of the Congressional Future Caucus — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Aaron Schock, R-Ill. — will weigh in on whether things can get done on Capitol Hill in the new year.
• NBC’s Meet the Press will talk to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., about the future of U.S. spying and get their take on what changes should be made to protect American’s privacy. This week’s show features an interview with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., whose 52-year-old son, Perry, died in a plane crash last month. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., will join the show to talk about the economy and the future of the Affordable Care Act. And International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will offer an analysis of the state of the world’s economy and what lies ahead in 2014.
Read more about the guests and topics at USA Today.
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