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On this Memorial Day weekend, we pay tribute to the men and women who serve our nation. What can we do to better serve those returning home?
We’ll be joined by Gen. Peter Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army; Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Tim Tetz, legislative director for The American Legion; Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee; and Dale Beatty, co-founder of Purple Heart Homes.
And Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will update us on the very latest in Joplin, where residents and rescuers are combing through the damage left behind by a massive tornado that ripped through one week ago.
The Gang of Six is now a group of five senators, and they’re no closer to a deal that would keep the United States from defaulting on its debt. We’ll ask one of the remaining legislators, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin if the few wisps of bipartisanship left on Capitol Hill are now drifting away.
Then, improving intelligence gathering in the wake of the Arab Spring with two members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger.
And presidential politics after a week that saw Newt Gingrich get glittered and Jon Huntsman hit the trail. Who’s out to an early lead and does the GOP still need a boost to beat President Obama? Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey and former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, will join us.
The political consequences of entitlement reform came into focus during the Congressional recess. Will Washington act or punt past the 2012 election? We’ll ask Republican Sen. John Barrasso and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen about that, the debt ceiling, gas prices and more when they join us live and in studio.
Then, we’ll discuss President Obama’s national security shuffle with former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and a former ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, former Rep. Jane Harman.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the push to topple Gadhafi is grinding to a stalemate; Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a stalemate is possible. So how much should the U.S. and NATO do? We’ll ask Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham.
Then, former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. George Joulwan (Ret.) on the impact the fighting might have on the region.
With lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum in agreement that big cuts are mandatory, leaders of each party are moving to defend their competing budget proposals – and blast their opponents’. We’ll hear from both sides – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York will join us, exclusively.
We’ll pivot to foreign affairs and examine the status of U.S. and NATO efforts in Libya as the violence continues and no endgame is in view. Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.) will join us.
Gen. James Jones (Ret.) joins us exclusively, live and in-studio, for his first Sunday show interview since leaving the White House last October. We’ll ask President Obama’s former national security adviser about the conflict in Libya and the role of U.S. military assets going forward.
After seven days of military action in Libya, the United States seeks to hand over power to NATO, but questions remain over whether the mission has been clearly defined – to the military, the Congress and to the American people. The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin, supports the mission; and former director of the CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.) and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley will weigh in.
We’ll assess the future of nuclear energy in the U.S. with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.
Then, we’ll get an update on Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant with Sharron Squassoni, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. And radiation epidemiologist John Boice will join us to discuss the effects of radiation exposure and the dangers facing thousands of Japanese.
With no end in sight in Libya, how should the world’s leaders react? Stephen Hadley, the former U.S. National Security Adviser, and Dr. Ali Errishi, the former Libyan Immigration Minister will join us.
Then, as at least a half dozen Republicans mull bids for the White House, we’ll talk with two politicians who have tried—unsuccessfully—to become their party’s nominee. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who ran in 1996 and 2000, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who mounted a bid in 2008, will discuss the personal and professional challenges they faced before tossing their hat in the ring. What are the possible 2012 contenders doing now to prepare?
Finally, Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has planned hearings on the radicalization of Muslims in America. He’ll join us to explain what he’s hoping to learn. Also joining us will be Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.