Saturday, September 16, 2006


You will notice that I've added another show to the mix for the benefit of our local readers in the Tampa Bay area. Flashpoint with Brendan McLaughlin is aired Sunday mornings at 11:30 on the ABC affiliate from St. Petersburg, WFTS-TV 28, following The Chris Matthews Show. It is a half-hour chatup which generally deals with local issues and often features area and state politicians.

ABC / This Week with George Stephanopoulos: U.S. Senator John McCain (R - AZ) will discuss his differences over President Bush's terror tactics, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley defends the White House approach, and singer/songwriter Jewel (Kilcher) will be featured on her efforts on behalf of breast cancer awareness. The roundtable will feature ABC News correspondents Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson, along with conservative columnist George Will.

CBS / Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer: Detainee treatment in the war on terroro will be discussed with U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R - SC / Armed Services Committee), Arlen Specter (R - PA / Chairman, Judiciary Committee), and Carl Levin (D - MI / Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee), along with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

CNN / Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Mr. Hadley appears here, too, along with U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R - TX / Armed Services Committee) and Evan Bayh (D - IN / Armed Services and Select Intellegence Committees) to discuss the war on terror. Also appearing: Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Soros Fund Management Chairman, author, and philanthropist George Soros, Iraqi National Security Adviser Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, and Retired Lt. General Ali Mohammad Jan Aurakzai, Governor of Pakistan's Waziristan province.

FOX / Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace: Discussing the war on terror here will be U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R - OH) and Director of National Intelligence and former U.N. Ambassador John Negroponte.

NBC / Meet the Press with Tim Russert: Another in the programme's Debate Series featuring candidates from some of the hottest political races across the country. Today, U.S. Senator George Allen (R - VA) will debate Democratic challenger and former Navy Secretary Jim Webb for the full hour.

FYI: Here are the remaining debates in the series now scheduled:

October 1: OHIO - Incumbant U.S. Senator Mike DeWine (R) -vs- Democratic challenger Congressman Sherrod Brown

October 8: MISSOURI - Incumbant U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R) -vs- Democratic challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill

October 15: MINNESOTA - Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D-F-L) -vs- Congressman Mark Kennedy (R). Incumbant Democrat Mark Dayton is retiring.

October 29: MARYLAND - Congressman Ben Cardin (D) -vs- Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R). Incumbant Democrat Paul Sarbanes is retiring.

Syndicated / The Chris Matthews Show: The questions are: Does President Bush and the Republicans have to hang on to control of Congress in order to save his presidency? And could Hillary Rodham Clinton do better than John Kerry did in his presidential campaign four years ago? Bantering about those issues will be Dan Rather of HDNet, MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent Norah O'Donnell, Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.

Bay News 9 / Political Connections: Retired U.S. Senator and former Florida Governor Bob Graham will be the main guest. Also, a conversation with John Russell, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House from District 5 who will be facing GOP incumbant Ginny Brown-Waite in November.

WFTS-TV 28 / Flashpoint with Brendan McLaughlin: The subject will be property insurance, considered the primary issue across Florida today. Guests, while not specifically named, will include a state legislator, an insurance industry representative, and an unhappy consumer.


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