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06.07.09

7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk

Newt backs off calling Sotomayor a racist, Hillary says Obama can now take calls at 3 a.m., and why politicians shouldn’t Tweet. Watch the best moments from Sunday’s talk shows.

Sotomayor a ‘Racist?’ Newt Takes Back His Tweet… Sort of

On Face the Nation, Newt Gingrich backpedalled a bit on a statement he made via Twitter last week calling Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist. He says he didn’t mean to comment on her as a person, but her language is still "racialist."

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Clinton: Obama Can Now Answer the Phone at 3 A.M.

A year ago, Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t think Barack Obama was ready to deal with intense issues of national security. But now secretary of State Hillary Clinton has changed her mind in her first appearance on This Week With George Stephanopoulos since the election.

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Axelrod Shrugs Off ‘Apology Tour’ Critics

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod rejected accusations from critics of Barack Obama’s recent world tour that he is being too soft, telling John King on State of the Union that they simply haven’t been paying attention to what the president is saying.

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When Politicians Attack (On Twitter)

The roundtable on This Week seemed to agree on one thing Sunday: Chuck Grassley probably should not be using Twitter. George Stephanopoulous points out the Iowa senator's confusing—and angry—message to Obama on health care.

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U.S.: Best Health Care in the World?

Sen. Richard Shelby, appearing on Fox News Sunday, says President Obama could destroy the "best health-care system the world has ever known," and he isn't talking about Canada's.

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Best Intra-Media Smackdown: Kurtz versus Newsweek

Is having Stephen Colbert guest edit Newsweek just a stunt from a desperate magazine? Its actual editor, Jon Meacham, nearly admits as much, but Howard Kurtz presses the matter, saying it’s “95 percent” a publicity stunt.

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McLaughlin on Obama: He’ll Get Bored With the Middle East

True Sunday talk-show junkies don’t watch The McLaughlin Group for the screaming (though Pat Buchanan and Eleanor Clift have had their moments). They tune in to hear how Washington insiders talk about Washington, which is to say, to hear something they haven’t heard a million times already. This week the host delivers, with an original—and perhaps loopy—question about whether Obama will take decisive action in the Middle East, or just ruminate on it till he’s bored.

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