By Jamie Klatell - 03/12/11 02:28 PM EST
This weekend’s talk shows will likely split their time between the aftermath of Friday’s earthquake in Japan, the continued fighting in Libya and the looming budget showdown on Capitol Hill.
ABC’s “This Week” will focus on the international news as Christiane Amanpour hosts her show live from Japan.
CBS’s “Face the Nation” will touch on the earthquake but will feature two senators – Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.) – discussing what the U.S.’s role should be in Libya and the Middle East.
Similarly CNN’s “State of the Union” will divide its attention between the latest reports from Japan and budget battles here in Washington. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinLobbying World Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Elizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth MORE (D-Ill.) join Candy Crowley to discuss.
With more on the budget fight, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRyan fans GOP civil war over Donald Trump Third-party push gaining steam Missouri Republican: Trump has not earned my vote MORE is the lead guest on “Fox News Sunday,” followed by two of the bipartisan “Gang of Six.” Chris Wallace will question Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerTurf battle erupts over hot cyber issue Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform Week ahead: Rival encryption efforts clash on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Va.) and Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE (R-Ga.) who are pressing a plan to cut $4 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years.
Gov. Mitch Daniels headlines NBC’s “Meet the Press” this week. The Indiana governor, often mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate, will talk about budget and labor battles. Democratic Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerRyan goes all-in on Puerto Rico Cruz's dad: Trump 'would be worse than Hillary Clinton' With Ryan’s blessing, lawmakers press ahead with tax reform talks MORE (D-N.Y.) is next up to talk to guest moderator Chuck Todd and will give the Democrats’ side of the budget debate.
And, as a reminder for those of you planning your Sunday schedule, set your clock forward for Daylight Saving Time.