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Previewing the Sunday Shows

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December 7, 2012

As the country teeters on the brink of the fiscal cliff, the Sunday shows will focus on the negotiations.

With just three weeks to go before Congress hits the December 31 deadline, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy will discuss the ongoing negotiations and what their parties are willing to accept on Meet the Press. They'll be followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Meanwhile, McCarthy's deputy, Pete Roskam of Illinois, will be on Capitol Gains.

This Week will feature a fiscal cliff battle royale between Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

Over on Fox News Sunday, Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., will take up their party's respective arguments. Rep. Marsh Blackburn, R-Tenn., will appear on State of the Union, opposite fellow Republican Tom Cole, of Oklahoma, who earlier last week said he would be willing to vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, while allowing them to expire for the top two percent.

Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., fresh off of his "Gangnam Style" dance debut, will be on Face the Nation to discuss the cliff and their "Fix the Debt" campaign. They'll be joined by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is considering a run for governor in 2013. Booker may also discuss his campaign to raise awareness of the importance of providing food assistance to the poor, having earlier this week committed to eating on a food stamp budget.

Sen. Jim DeMint's, R-S.C., retirement from the Senate and what his move to the Heritage Foundation means for the future of the party also promises to be part of the Sunday conversation.

Newly-elected Democratic Governors Association chairman Peter Shumlin will stop by C-SPAN's Newsmakers to discuss the cliff and to look forward to the 2014 elections. Speaking of which, Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., who announced in August he would seek reelection this cycle, will be on Political Capital on Friday evening.

Check out the full listings.


Meet the Press hosts Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Face the Nation hosts former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, former Sen. Alan Simpson and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

This Week hosts Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

Fox News Sunday hosts Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.

State of the Union hosts International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

Capitol Gains hosts House Majority Deputy Whip Pete Roskam.

Other Weekend Shows

Political Capital features Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).

Washington Week features New York Times' Jackie Calmes, CNBC's Eamon Javers, National Journal's James Kitfield and ABC's Amy Walter (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).

Real Time is on break (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).

Situation Room features highlights of the week (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

Communicators features National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Michael Powell (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

Chris Matthews Show features Washington Post's David Ignatius, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, Politico's John Harris and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).

Newsmakers features Democratic Governors' Association chairman Peter Shumlin (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).

Reliable Sources features Washington Post's Mike Wise, USA Today's Christine Brennan, WGBH's Callie Crossley, Washington Post's Erik Wemple, ABC's Jake Tapper and National Journal's Ron Fournier (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).

Fareed Zakaria GPS features former Secretary of State James Baker and Anderson Cancer Center president Ronald DePinho (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

Q & A features's Crystal Wright (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).

Al Punto features George Zimmerman's mother Gladys Zimmerman, his brother Robert Zimmerman, Associate Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, Puerto Rico Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, "United We Dream" director Cristina Jimenez and TeletonUSA presenter Don Francisco (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

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