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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense

David Brooks

Columnist, New York Times

Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN)

Chair, Democratic Leadership Council

Kathleen Parker

Syndicated Washington Post Columnist

David Sanger

Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

This Sunday: An opening on the Supreme Court: the court's oldest member -- Justice John Paul Stevens -- says he'll retire this summer. Who will President Obama choose to fill this vacancy? How will the confirmation hearings shape up in Congress? And what role will party politics play in the process? We'll speak exclusively with the two men who will oversee those hearings: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and that body's Ranking Member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Then, a big step towards eliminating nuclear weapons around the globe, after President Obama and Russia's President Medvedev sign a major arms reduction treaty in Prague. What will this mean for U.S. power around the world? What happens if Iran now procures nuclear weapons? Plus, the U.S. and Afghanistan. Where does the relationship now stand after some harsh comments from Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai? And what does it all mean for President Obama's standing abroad? We'll get answers from the two people charged with protecting and promoting the U.S. around the world: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Finally, how will President Obama's new Supreme Court pick impact the future direction of the nation's high court? Plus, after a bruising battle over health care, Democrats and Republicans have now shifted focus to the economy, foreign policy and party politics. Will the two sides find any common ground going forward? How will all these issues impact the 2010 midterm elections? And how will a recent string of controversies within the Republican National Committee impact that party? Insights and analysis from our roundtable: New York Times columnist David Brooks; Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN); syndicated Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker; and New York Times reporter David Sanger.

Rebecca Samuels and Chris Donovan are the producers.

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