Sunday Talk Shows (4/15/18): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, Syria, Paul Ryan

The Sunday morning political talk shows will focus on Paul Ryan's retirement, airstrikes on Syria and the Mueller investigation.
By Allen McDuffee
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Guests on the Sunday talk shows indicate the coalition of U.S., British and French forces conducting airstrikes on Syria will be front and center this week, with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appearing on CBS’ Face The Nation and Fox News Sunday. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s somewhat surprising retirement announcement this week will be revisited on several shows, including NBC’s Meet The Press when Ryan appears in an exclusive interview with Chuck Todd. And Sarah Huckabee Sanders will have to answer many questions on Syria, Ryan and how President Donald Trump is reacting to news that his personal attorney Michael Cohen is finding himself firmly in the center of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Full Sunday talk show line-up below. What catches your eye?

    • NBC’s Meet The Press: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI); Carol Lee, NBC News; Mark Leibovich, The New York Times Magazine; Kristen Welker, NBC News; Al Cardenas, Squire Patton Boggs;
    • CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA); Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Retired Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Ambassador James Jeffrey, former U.S. envoy to Turkey and Iraq; Seth Doane, CBS News; Paula Reid, CBS News; Molly Ball, TIME; Ben Domenech, The Federalist; Ed O’Keefe, CBS News; Margaret Talev, Bloomberg
    • ABC’s This Week: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary; Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME); Rep. Adam Schiff (DA); former New Jersey governor Chris Christie; Matthew Dowd, ABC News; Karen Finney, Democratic strategist; Maggie Haberman, The New York Times; Meghan McCain, “The View”
    • Fox News Sunday: Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC); Jonah Goldberg, National Review; Jennifer Griffin, Fox News; Charles Lane, The Washington Post; Marc Lotter, former press secretary to Mike Pence
    • CNN’s State of the Union: Preet Bharara, former U.S. attorney; Sen. Angus King (I-ME); Rick Santorum, CNN; Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan; Nina Turner, Our Revolution; Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard

    Check out the book everybody is talking about this week!

The Rundown

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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.