John King started off Sunday's program with President Obama's Afghanistan war strategy. He spoke with Gen. David Petraeus & US Special Representative Richard Holbrooke.
The discussion included the additional troops being deployed to Afghanistan; President Karzai and the upcoming election; the magic map was used during the discussion about the Afghanistan/ Pakistan border; Iran's nuclear capabilities and their participation in meetings about Afghanistan; and whether or not Obama should say that the "surge" worked.
Gen. Petraeus has a difficult job. Having served under the previous commander-in-chief and now reporting to the current commander-in-chief, he's going to continue to be asked to compare the two administrations. He does a very diplomatic job of avoiding the question (which he probably should continue to do - at least if he wants to keep his job.)
Obama's approach to Iran, Iraq
Obama's 'Af-Pak' strategy
Next was a discussion with two democrats, Rep. John Spratt and Sen. Kent Conrad. Sen. Conrad spoke about the flooding in Fargo, North Dakota. Rep. Spratt and Sen. Conrad discussed the President's budget proposal.
A close look at Obama's budget
John King visited St. Louis this past week and reported on the cut backs in mass transit.
Later on in the program was King's
breakfast diner segment which was also taped in St. Louis at Sweetie Pie's. The final segment from St. Louis was King's visit to Afro World where he once again spoke with owner, Sheila Forrest. She started selling Obama buttons during the campaign and interest has not decreased since he's taken office.
CNN has posted a behind the scenes video clip of John King talking about this trip to St. Louis.
Behind the scenes with John King
Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz started out with a discussion with Mike Jacobs of the Grand Forks Herald about the floods in North Dakota.
Next up was a discussion about the media taking a critical look at the Obama administration (Is the honeymoon over?) with Chip Reid, Ann Compton, and Kevin Chappell. All three were lucky enough to have been able to ask the President a question in the East Room during the prime time press conference on Tuesday night. In addition, they discussed the coverage of the criticism and lack of praise for the administration about the stock market.
Kurtz talked with Gloria Allred and Ray Richmond about the Octo-mom's conflict with Dr. Phil. The discussion turned into a shouting match between Allred and Richmond. Why won't the Octo-mom saga just go away?
The octomom saga
Ed Gillespie talked to Kurtz about media bias. They discussed NBC, MSNBC, & FOX news (oddly CNN was absent from the discussion).
If you missed any of Reliable Sources, you can always view the program's podcast:
The 11AM hour sent the program back to John King and the start of the panel discussions for the morning. The first panel consisted of David Gergen, Alex Castellanos, and Donna Brazile. They discussed the spending proposed in the budget, the Treasury Secretary's performance this week, and the war in Afghanistan
At one point, the typical newspaper display behind King was replaced by a set of CNN.com pages. The page on the top left is CNNPolitics.com. On the top right is the State of the Union with John King website. In the bottom left corner, is CNN.com. And the bottom right corner looks like ti could be the facebook page.
The second panel included Barbara Starr, Jessica Yellin, and Dana Bash. The budget was at the top of the discussion list with comparisons to 1993 & 1994 as well as talk of budget cuts for the Pentagon and the policy on Pakistan.
Christiane Amanpour, who recently returned from Afghanistan, spoke with King about the administration's policies towards the country and the war.
Senator Mitch McConnell got the last word on this Sunday's broadcast. The discussion revolved around the budget proposal and big government as well as the administration's policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan and the state of bipartisanship in Washington.
Obama disappoints GOP leader