*** Friday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: AEI’s Norm Ornstein joins Chuck to discuss the difficulties with the rollout of President Obama’s healthcare law, and author Jeff Greenfield will talk about his latest book If Kennedy Lived... NBC’s Kasie Hunt is live in Iowa where Ted Cruz will headline the GOP Reagan Dinner in Iowa… And our Friday gaggle is here. National Review’s Robert Costa, The Wise Latina Club’s Viviana Hurtado and Democratic pollster Margie Omero will roundup potential 2016 contenders and give us their shameless plugs.
*** Friday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: MSNBC’s Chris Jansing interviews The Atlantic’s Philip Bump, Demos’ Bob Herbert, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Dem strategist Chris Kofinis, GOP strategist Susan del Percio, MSNBC contributor Howard Bragman, and the Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore.
*** Friday’s “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: MSNBC’S Craig Melvin fills in for Thomas Roberts. Among his guests: Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) on new NSA spying developments and Sebelius under fire over Obamacare. Today’s Agenda Panel includes The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel, Jack and Jill Politics’ Cheryl Contee and Benjy Sarlin of MSNBC.com. Former Denver DA Norm Early joins to talk about the Jonbenet Ramsey murder case. Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich joins to discuss Ted Cruz in Iowa. And attorney Denita Judge with the Advancement Project will talk about the firing of an NC GOP official over his comments about blacks and the state’s voter ID law.
*** Friday’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” line-up: Alex Wagner’s guests include Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, National Journal’s Alex Seitz-Wald, MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, and The Nation’s Ari Berman.
*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Peter Alexander, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, interviews the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, USA Today’s Susan Page, the New York Times’ Peter Baker and NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski, Ron Allen and Kasie Hunt.
*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: MSNBC’s Tamron Hall interviews Jim Kolar, author of “Foriegn Faction: Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet?" about today’s release of the grand jury indictment in the JonBenet Ramsey case. She will also interview Sirius XM’s Michael Smerconish.
*** Saturday’s and Sunday’s “Weekends with Alex Witt” line-up: As part of her weekly “Office Politics” series, MSNBC’s Alex Witt interviews MSNBC’s Krystal Ball.
*** Saturday’s“UP w/ Steve Kornacki” line-up: MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and panel will look at the Obamacare rollout and fallout. The government website wasn’t the first program to rollout with some glitches… And we’ll talk with a Congressman on the committee looking into Obamacare’s problems. The division within the Republican Party is not yet splitting the GOP in two, but could it? We’ll examine some past third party moments in politics and how they compare to today. Plus, the saga of Senator John McCain. As he enters the Legacy Protection Program, we’ll look at a his series of self-reinventions and where he’ll end up this time. And you know it… you love it… America’s hit abbreviated game show, “UP Against the Clock” returns! Think you know what happened this week in politics?? Maybe not… Our Saturday panel includes: Rebecca Sinderbrand of POLITICO, msnbc.com’s Suzy Khimm, former White House aide to President G.H.W. Bush, Joe Watkins, and msnbc’s Krystal Ball.
*** Saturday’s “MSNBC Live Weekends” line-up at 2:00 pm ET: Craig Melvin’s guests include Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute; Washington Post’s David Nakamura; former HHS official Jay Angoff; former presidential innovation fellow Clay Johnson; Univ. of Texas at Austin Prof. Denise Spellberg; Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, advocate for domestic trafficking victims; MSNBC.com national reporter Trymaine Lee; filmmaker Andrew Pearson and Merry Lynn Morris of the Rolling Dance Chair Project.
*** Sunday’s “UP w/ Steve Kornacki” line-up: The political middle – where have you gone? With no natural bipartisan coalition in Congress anymore, of course it’s become nearly impossible to govern anymore. Can anything change? MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and his panel try to answer that. Forget looking at the 2014 tea leaves to try and forecast 2016. This year’s Virginia Governor race is doing just that. Plus, the CW on Chris Christie is that he’s too moderate for the Party. Steve will tell us why he doesn’t think that’s the case. It’s been 40 years since the Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal. We’ll look at why so much today is labeled “worse than Watergate”, when history reminds us, so much really isn’t. And caution! The panel will be entering the All Spin Zone. Sunday’s panel includes Reid Wilson from The Washington Post, Buzzfeed.com’s Kate Nocera, former Newt Gingrich aide, Robert George and NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo
*** Sunday’s “MSNBC Live Weekends” line-up at 3:00 pm ET: Craig Melvin’s guests include New York Times’ Peter Baker, author of “Days of Fire”; The Grio’s Perry Bacon; and Jon Ralston, host of “Ralston Reports”
First published October 25 2013, 6:15 AM