Sunday shows: Economy and November

With the midterms fast approaching, Sunday's talk shows are all about making sense of the economy and what the latest employment numbers portend at the ballot box.

But international news isn't far behind, with President Obama this week announcing the end of the combat mission in Iraq and holding a Middle East peace summit at the White House.


CBS' "Face the Nation" features Laura Tyson, former chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers and Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics. They'll discuss the latest numbers from the Labor Department, which reports that unemployment rose by 0.1 percentage points in August to 9.6 percent. Democrats have been putting a positive spin on the numbers, pointing out that people are re-entering the job market and the private sector added 67,000 new jobs last month.

Expect Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJuan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE (R-Ariz.) to argue that the recovery isn't fast or deep enough on "Fox News Sunday." McCain will also talk foreign policy, with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Grassley tests positive for coronavirus MORE offering counterpoint.

NBC's "Meet the Press" features Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSpokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome Former Graham challenger Jaime Harrison launches political action committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-S.C.). The Armed Services Committee member has just returned from Afghanistan where he was serving reserve duty as a colonel for the U.S. Air Force, and will share his thoughts on the conflict there and in Iraq. David Plouffe, Obama's presidential campaign manager, will discuss the challenges facing Democrats and the president.

ABC's "This Week" talks to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about his new memoir. In "A Journey," Blair reflects on supporting the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks and taking his country to war in Iraq. He'll also share his thoughts on American leaders including Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up Trump's remaking of the judicial system Voters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen MORE, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Finally, CNN's "State of the Union" features AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to talk about the economy and jobs. Todd McCracken, president of the National Association of Small Business, will also be on the show.