June 29th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
5 years ago

King: Health care, climate change top talk agenda

CNN's John King looks back at Sunday's talk shows and what will make news in the coming week.
CNN's John King looks back at Sunday's talk shows and what will make news in the coming week.

Editor's note: John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and "State of the Union" host, examines the news made in Sunday talk and offers up this Monday morning crib sheet on what to watch this week in politics. Please note that all quotes are from rush transcripts and are subject to change. If you'd like to receive a sneak peek of next week's news in your inbox every Sunday, you can sign up for the "Political Ticker - State of the Union Sunday Edition" at http://www.cnn.com/profile/

(CNN) - A late June Sunday stirred memories of sparring of 16 years ago on the issue that was then, and is now, center stage in the nation's policy and political debates: health care reform.

We also heard a spirited debate over the wisdom, and costs, of the landmark climate change legislation that narrowly cleared the House of Representatives as the workweek came to a close.

To its backers, it is a giant step toward meeting what they see as a generational challenge to shift away from fossil fuels and toward an energy infrastructure that dramatically reduces U.S. emissions of so-called greenhouse gases.

To hear critics, the legislation amounts to more government intervention in the marketplace, ignores what they see as the big advantages of nuclear power and, as they see it, cedes more economic advantage to India, China and others.

Iran wasn't as much a Sunday flash point as in the previous two weeks, but it did not disappear entirely from the conversation.

And on "State of the Union," we made a point of beginning with another international story that, in our view, gets overshadowed too much: Iraq.

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