Sunday Talk Shows (2/27/17): Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Russia, John Kasich, Tom Cotton

This week, it's all about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election cycle and ties between Moscow and the Trump administration.
By Allen McDuffee
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Guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows suggest that Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election cycle and ties between Moscow and the Trump administration is emphatically not going away anytime soon—not even with the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. That includes Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas appearing on NBC’s Meet The Press and former CIA director John Brennan turning up on CBS’ Face The Nation. Plus, newly-elected DNC chair Tom Perez will appear on ABC’s This Week and CNN’s State of the Union.

Full line-up below. What catches your eye?

  • NBC’s Meet The Press: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK); Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO); Gerald Seib, Wall Street Journal; Helene Cooper, The New York Times; Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review; Eliana Johnson, Politico
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); former CIA director John Brennan; Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution; Ben Domenech, The Federalist; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Ezra Klein, Vox
  • ABC’s This Week: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH); White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, DNC chair Tom Perez; Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter; conservative commentator Amy Holmes; Robert Reich, University of California at Berkely; David Remnick, The New Yorker; Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union
  • Fox News Sunday: Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI); Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA); former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC); Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ); DNC Chair Tom Perez; former South Carolina senator Rick Santorum; former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm

The Rundown

1. Mitch McConnell’s Trump Calculation 

Jane Mayer at The New Yorker takes a deep dive on the risk of McConnell’s refusal to restrain the chief executive of the United States. 

2. 500,000+ Zoom Accounts Are For Sale on the Dark Web

Credentials of individuals and high-profile companies like Chase have been swept up, marking a new headache for the videoconferencing giant.

3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

Sanders told Biden, “We need you in the White House,” during a teleconference. But how many of his supporters heard him?

4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Trump’s former campaign manager claims he is “high risk.” 

5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021.