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Meet the Press is an American television show focused on politics, foreign policy, and economic issues. A moderator interviews high-level government, business, academic, and other thought leaders about the most pressing issues of the day. The one-hour program airs on Sunday mornings on the NBC network, and is the longest running television show in history. It first aired during the very early years of television, on November 6, 1947, after starting out as a radio program in 1945.

Every US president since John F. Kennedy has appeared on the prestigious news show, though Ronald Reagan was a guest before he won the presidency. Every vice president since Alben Barkley has gone on the show, as has every Secretary of State since John Foster Dulles and every Secretary of Defense since Robert McNamara. Notable foreign heads of state who have visited the show over the years include Golda Meir, Fidel Castro, Anwar el-Sadat, Tony Blair, Indira Gandhi, and Pervez Musharraf.

The show has had a number of moderators over the years, starting with Martha Rountree in 1947 and ending with the current moderator, former NBC News correspondent David Gregory. The longest serving moderator was the very popular Tim Russert, who led the show from 1991 until 2008, when he unexpectedly passed away from a coronary thrombosis while recording voiceovers for the show. Russert, known for his tenacious interview style, is widely credited with improving Meet the Press and making it essentially a proving ground for politicians.

Meet the Press garners consistently high viewer ratings, not only for the quality of its moderators and guests, but because the one-hour format allows for something rarely seen on television: extended, in-depth interviews with national and global leaders. The show also features roundtable discussions among well-known journalists and political pundits. Most recently that list has included former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, and author Jon Meacham, among others.

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  • NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton plus a look at the relationship between Washington & Hollywood.

  • The Sony hack and the threat of cyber terrorism. Plus, one-on-one with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

  • Exclusive with former Vice President Dick Cheney on the heels of the Senate ‘Torture’ Report.

  • MTP looks at race in America as protests march on across the country over the grand jury decisions.

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Rundown Of May 20, 2012 Sunday Morning Talk Show Guests

Miss some headlines this week? Take Sunday off and check out this week's roundtable lineups to get up on everything you missed. NBC Meet The Press This week, two allies of the two probable presidential prospects will sit down to discuss campaign directions, now that the head-to-head battle looks all but set. Congressional Barack Obama ally and Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il.) will join a tete-a-tete alongside Mitt Romney backer and House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Barney Frank, Dianne Feinstein Among May 13's Sunday-Morning News Show Guests

Well, if this didn't turn out to be a great week to be Barack Obama. The President landed the campaign equivalent to an early-rounds left hook on all-but-default Republican challenger Mitt Romney this week when he announced in a "Good Morning America" interview with Robin Roberts that he now supports same-sex marriage legalization. Expect that topic exactly to dominate the conversations Sunday morning, judging from some of the scheduled guests across the board. ABC's This Week Obama's declaration should be covered from a number of angles, starting with openly gay longtime Massachussetts Rep.

Ted Nugent: 'Black Jew At A Nazi-Klan Rally'

It's hard to really "sensationalize" anything Ted Nugent says. Often, for the several valid points he can sometimes make, it's hard to make others actually sound more crazy than they already do at the time. So it is that we now introduce, Ted Nugent....rocker, activist, gun-owner, hunter, "black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally." That last part? His words, not ours. That's how he described conservative pundit Dana Loesch's radio show the way he claims President Obama's Secret Service detail dogged him after his appearance at last weekend's National Rifle Association convention.

As More Sponsors Jump Ship, Rush Limbaugh Still On Defensive

Rush Limbaugh made an apology Saturday for crude remarks made on his radio show about a Georgetown University law student's congressional testimony. He claimed Monday that should be enough. Some, increasingly including sponsors, disagree. The conservative pundit jested Monday that even he got a busy signal dialing into his show to get in line with sponsors calling to abandon their support. Limbaugh issued a statement Saturday via his website claiming he regretted calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" last Wednesday because Fluke testified before an all-Democratic congressional committee that she supported federal regulations requiring that insurance providers cover contraceptives.

With A Lawsuit Rumored, Rush Limbaugh Apologizes

It might be too late, but conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh has decided he'll cut his losses and apologize for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" on his show repeatedly last week. Limbaugh issued a full statement via his website Saturday backing off his remarks disparaging Fluke's testimony before an all-Democratic mock congressional committee concerning whether insurance coverage of contraceptives should be mandatory.

President Obama Backs Student In Wake Of Rush Limbaugh's 'Slut' Remarks

President Obama Friday personally called embattled Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke and offered her his personal support after being called a "slut" and "prostitute" publicly by conservative talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh, reports the Los Angeles Times today. Limbaugh directed Wednesday's invectives at the third-year law student after she testified before an all-Democratic mock panel concerning contraceptive insurance coverage. An amendment proposed by Sen.

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