*** Friday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up:Chuck takes an in-depth look at the State of the State Addresses being delivered by governors across the country. Then we’ll talk to WNBC’S Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst about the widening federal investigation into Senator Bob Menendez (R-NJ). Plus, we’ll talk with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker live from Davos and MSNBC’s Ari Melber will join us to discuss his interview with Attorney General Eric Holder. Also, we’ll continue our coverage of the RNC Winter Meeting as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party Joe Nosef and Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney join Chuck on-set followed by Chuck’s Friday Takeaway.
*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Snowden lawyer Ben Wizner, reporters Susan Page and Chris Cillizza, Amb. Nick Burns, “Mitt” documentary director Greg Whiteley, and Girard Ryle.
*** Friday’s “News Nation” with Tamron Hall line-up: Tamron will interview security expert Anthony Roman, Carol Leonnig from the Washington Post, James Kirchick, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative, Robert Wilonsky from the Dallas Morning News, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto who wants to ban the “affluenza” defense, and Dr. Valentin Fuster about Sesame Street’s healthy makeover.
*** Saturday’s “UP w/ Steve Kornacki” line-up: MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and his panel will address the issues facing the New Jersey investigations, including tension in the new Supercommittee, new subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney and where the Hoboken/Sandy allegations stand. Plus, who is Kim Guadagno? Not much is known about the New Jersey Lieutenant Governor from Waterloo Iowa, we’ll look at her political history in the state. Can – or should – Chris Christie keep his position as head of the Republican Governors Association? And if not Christie in 2016…who should the GOP get behind? Plus! UP Against the Clock returns! The panel includes NJ Assemblymembers Michael Patrick Carroll and Bonnie Watson Coleman who both sit on the state supercommittee looking into the lane closures, Congressman Steve Cohen, NBC News’ Kasie Hunt, Brian Thompson of WNBC, John Stanton with Buzzfeed and Elahe Izadi with National Journal.
*** Saturday’s “MSNBC Live Weekends” line-up at 2:00 pm ET: T.J. Holmes fills in and his guests include Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Romney 2012 deputy national press secretary Ryan Williams, Romney 2012 deputy campaign manager Katie Packer Gage, NJTV News’ Michael Aron, Tim Hinterberger of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, and the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank.
*** Sunday’s “UP w/ Steve Kornacki” line-up: MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and the panel will look closely at Governor Christie’s relationship with state democrats, specifically those led by party boss George Norcross. Plus, Christie’s Tunnel Vision – how his canceling a huge rail project says so much about who he is politically. And with charges this week for Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, we’ll look at how a U.S. Attorney investigates a sitting governor. Plus, we’ll preview Tuesday’s State of the Union. Is this the year the President uses his “pen” and gets things done with or without Congress? Sunday’s panel includes Baruch professor Brian Murphy, former federal prosecutor Paul Butler, defense attorney Brian Wice, Jim McQueeny, Lynn Sweet with the Chicago Sun-Times, The Nation’s Katrina VandenHeuvel and Amanda Terkel with Huffington Post.
*** Sunday’s “MSNBC Live Weekends” line-up at 3:00 pm ET: T.J. Holmes fills in and his guests include former NFL player Nate Jackson, msnbc.com reporter Zachary Roth, grio.com contributor Zerlina Maxwell, former speechwriter Michael Gerson, former speechwriter Jeff Shesol, The Blaze’s Amy Holmes.