Foreign policy, healthcare to headline Sunday shows

America’s position in North Korea and Afghanistan will take a front seat on this weekend’s Sunday morning talk shows, with a senior member of President Obama’s foreign policy team appearing on three of them. The heated battle over healthcare reform will also be kept alive on the air this Sunday.

National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones (Ret.) will be doing triple duty this weekend, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “Fox News Sunday,” and CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Jones will speak about the U.S.’s fractious relationship with North Korea on “Meet the Press.” The Communist nation freed two imprisoned American journalists after former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBest-selling author jokes he knows 'what Pence must feel like' on book tour with Bill Clinton Bill Clinton blasts family separation: 'Children should not be bargaining chips' In memory of Charles Krauthammer, an American genius and dear friend MORE’s mission there on Tuesday. But many questions remain regarding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Fox News’s Chris Wallace will grill Jones on the Obama administration’s Afghanistan strategy. From the start of his term, President Obama keyed in on Afghanistan, ordering additional troops to the war-torn nation earlier this year to quell terrorist activity there. But American forces suffered record casualties in July. Jones will talk about the successes and failures of the “surge” in Afghanistan.

Finally, Jones will sit down with CBS’s Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” to discuss an array of defense and foreign policy issues. Joining Jones on “Face the Nation” are Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinHow House Republicans scrambled the Russia probe Congress dangerously wields its oversight power in Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate MORE (D-Mich.) and committee member Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel advances three spending bills Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official MORE (R-S.C.).

Expect health insurance reform to dominate the Sunday morning shows as well. Senators return to Washington Sept. 8, when members of the Finance Committee must stare down chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE’ Sept. 15 deadline to finalize a bipartisan bill in his influential committee.

At home, local healthcare town halls have already become fiery and emotional. High-profile Democrats have attacked the protests, saying that they represent manufactured outrage organized by special interest groups.

These two topics will get a lot of play on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The show features two high-profile senators, Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration MORE (D-Ill.) and John CornynJohn CornynSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border MORE (R-Texas). CNN’s John King will inquire about the status of the bill in the Senate as the body begins its month-long recess.

Sen. Durbin already called the protests a “sucker punch,” so expect him to face questions regarding town halls as well.

ABC’s “This Week” features former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) and former DNC Chair Howard Dean, who will debate various healthcare proposals and the contentious town halls. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive things to know about efforts to repeal Obama's water rule Mulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays MORE (R-Ky.) will also discuss healthcare on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Meet the Press” will also take on the economy. NBC’s David Gregory sits down with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker to discuss the stimulus’ effect on their large cities.