Thank God, there are still some patriots willing to put him in his place.
Meet the Press: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); : Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) and Bethany McLean (Vanity Fair).
Face the Nation: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Senator-Elect Rand Paul (R-KY).
This Week: Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright; Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC); Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND); Chairman/CEO of Honeywell International David Cote; : George Will (Washington Post), Paul Krugman (New York Times), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post) and Robert Kagan (Brookings Institution).
Fox News Sunday: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); Actor/Activist Jeff Bridges; : Brit Hume (Fox News), Mara Liasson (NPR/Fox), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX); Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA); Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC); Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC); Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn; Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA).
The Chris Matthews Show: Gloria Borger (CNN); Howard Fineman (Huffington Post); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Kelly O'Donnell (NBC News).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former Secretary of State George Shultz.
60 Minutes will feature: a report on "Shaleionaires" — people who have gotten rich by allowing shale drilling/extraction on their property (preview); a report on outbreak of cholera in Haiti (preview); and, an interview with Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta — the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War (preview).
Jon Stewart vigorously defended himself against criticism.
: Olympian/Author Marion Jones ("On the Right Track")
: Authors Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera ("All the Devils are Here")
: Rapper/Author Jay-Z ("Decoded")
: Author Phillip K. Howard ("Life Without Lawyers")
And Stephen Colbert critiqued President Bush's memoir.
: NBA Commissioner David Stern
: Singer/Songwriter John Legend
: Author Ian Frazier ("Travels in Siberia")
: Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta & TV Producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order")
In the halls of Congress:
Rep. John Shimkus, one of the Republicans vying to take over the House Energy & Commerce Committee, expressed his willingness to put his fate (and ours) in God's hands.
Rep. John Shimkus is standing by a controversial comment that global warming isn't something to worry about because God said he wouldn't destroy the Earth after Noah's flood.
The Illinois Republican running for the powerful perch atop the House Energy and Commerce Committee told POLITICO on Wednesday that his understanding of the Bible reaffirms his belief that government shouldn't be in the business of trying to address rising greenhouse gas emissions.
"I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God," Shimkus said. "And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood."
BP apologist Rep. Joe Barton, one of Shimkus' opponents, is planning a more proactive approach.
The ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and one of the men vying to be the next chair of the powerful panel when Republicans take over the House next year, Barton laid out his plan for, essentially, undoing most of what President Obama and Democrats accomplished in the past two years. He laid out the central fronts: the battle to repeal what he calls Obamacare, the fight against the EPA, backing the growing insurgency opposed to net neutrality regulations, taking on "environmental radicalism" and — of course — defending the "traditional, incandescent light bulb" against government regulators who want to replace it with what Barton called "the little, squiggly, pig-tailed ones."
"Mankind, is it responsible for global warming? Well I'll tell you something. I have seen evidence on both sides of it. I'm skeptical - I'm skeptical. And you know, I think at the at the end of this, I think we're going to need more science to prove something one way or the other.
But you know - cause I've seen arguments on both sides of it that at times - like I'll watch something about man-made global warming, and I go wow, that's fairly convincing. And then I'll go out and watch the other side of the argument, and I go huh, that's fairly convincing too. So, I go to be honest with you, I don't know. And that's probably one of the reasons why I became a lawyer, and not a doctor, or an engineer, or a scientist, because I can't figure this stuff out."
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