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July 27th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Mitt Romney embarked on an overseas trip this week but so far British headlines have slammed the Republican candidate –  calling him a "twit" and a "party pooper." The tone in the U.S. was also markedly different from coverage of then-candidate Barack Obama’s trip to Europe in 2008 – which was hailed as a “rock star” tour. Keli Goff, contributing editor of Loop21.com, Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and Jim Geraghty, contributing editor at National Review discuss the week in political coverage and how Romney’s fairing on his international excursion.

A week after the shooting massacre in a movie theater in Aurora, CO coverage of the tragedy has turned into an opportunity for fiery debate on gun control laws. Jane Hall, of American University’s School of Communications and Fred Francis, former national security correspondent for NBC News, discuss the name calling and partisan fall out.

Frank Deford, is a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated and author of the new book Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter, which recounts his 50 plus years as a sportswriter. He’ll discuss the latest Olympics 2012 coverage as NBC pulls out all the stops to milk their exclusive coverage of the games.

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University will discuss “Face the Facts” – a new nonpartisan project aimed at distilling facts from fiction as we head into the 2012 election season. The site debuts Monday July 30th and will reveal one fact per day in categories ranging from the economy to healthcare and “life in America.”

This Sunday, 11am ET.

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    Advice to Frank Sesno and others with new ideas. Don't talk about a web site until it is available. I watched the interview, liked the idea of Face the facts and went to signoff. Website not found when searching and now I see will not be available until tomorrow. Guess what, I'll be working tomorrow and won't remember to go sign up. You missed an opportunity to have me join.

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