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WEEKEND TV : Focus on Aftermath of the Gulf War

The euphoria and uncertainties of peace will dominate the talk on TV this weekend.

Highlights include Secretary of State James Baker discussing his upcoming tour of Middle Eastern capitals and U.S. political goals in the aftermath of the Gulf War on “Meet the Press,” Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on Channels 4, 36 and 39.

“The McLaughlin Group” will follow at 9 a.m. (4), 5:30 p.m. (50), with a debate over the lessons learned in the Gulf War, a look at Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and whether to hold Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accountable for war crimes.

Today at 4 p.m. and again at 8 p.m., Speaker of the House Thomas Foley (D-Wash.) joins CNN’s “The Capital Gang” in a look at the political future of the Middle East.

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And if the war’s end has put you in the mood for song, Channel 28 presents the works of two veterans in “Johnny Mathis,” tonight at 9 and “Sinatra, the Voice of Our Time,” Sunday at 8 p.m., hosted by Mel Torme.

Other weekend shows include:

TODAY John Sununu, White House chief of staff, is interviewed on “Evans & Novak,” 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. CNN. . . .

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney discusses the war on “Newsmaker Saturday,” 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. CNN. . . .

Pat Boone, Mary Frann and Robb Weller host the 18-hour “Easter Seal Telethon,” 11 p.m. (5).

SUNDAY Arab-American reaction to the war is the topic on “News Conference,” 6:30 a.m. (4). . . . “Sunday Today” reports on the situation in the Middle East and former football player Izzy Lang,7 a.m. (4)(36)(39). . . .

“Newsmaker Sunday” airs at 7:30 a.m. CNN. . . .

“Sunday Morning” reports on Kuwaiti emigres’ plans to return to their country, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s uncertain future and the movie “The Doors,” 7:30 a.m. (2)(8). . . .

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Robert Reischauer, director of the Congressional Budget Office, discusses the impact of the war’s end on the recession on “Business World” at 9:30 a.m. (7), 10:30 a.m. (42). . . .

National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft guests on “This Week With David Brinkley” at 10 a.m. (7)(10), 3 p.m. (3)(42). . . .

“American Interests” examines relations between Britain and the United States, 10 a.m. (28). . . .

Military experts Andy Lightbody and Lew Snider reflect on the war on “Midday Sunday,” 11 a.m. (11). . . .

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“Signs of the Times” examines “the evolution of Asians in Los Angeles,” 11:30 a.m. (11). . . .

“The West” checks out a Kansas town’s role in the war effort, a Las Vegas hotelier and winter landscapes, 3:30 p.m. (4), 5 p.m.(36). . . .

“60 Minutes” reports on est founder Werner Erhard, women’s status in the Soviet Union, and an allegedly botched search for a missing Illinois family, 7 p.m. (2)(8). . . .

“Expose” investigates a reputed “dirty” bank and truck-stop dangers, 8 p.m. (4)(36)(39). . . .

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“Real Life With Jane Pauley” looks at a Korean man’s search for the U.S. soldier who saved his life, and film director Martin Scorsese, 8:30 p.m. (4)(36)(39). . . .

“Judy Garland: The Concert Years” features clips of the famed actress singing “Over the Rainbow” and a duet of “Get Happy” with Barbra Streisand, 9 p.m. Disney Channel. . . .

“Jesse Jackson” talks about minorities in the military, 11:30 p.m. (8), midnight (9). . . .

“Face the Nation” airs at 3:30 p.m. (8), 1 a.m. (2).

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