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David Carr

Carr, David

Published Writer for the New York Times

Writes a column for the Monday Business section of the New York Times that focuses on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. more

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Heuvel, Katrina vanden

Editor & Publisher, The Nation

Is editor and publisher of the Nation. She is the editor of several books including, Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover (2009)… more

Michael Wolff

Wolff, Michael

Columnist, Vanity Fair

Is a columnist for Vanity Fair and the founder of news aggregator newser.com. His latest book is The Man Who Owns the News (2008), a biography of Rupert Murdoch. In… more

Jim Vandehei

VandeHei, Jim

Executive Director, Politico

Is executive editor of Politico. In the fall of 2006, VandeHei, along with co-founder John Harris, left the Washington Post to create Politico, now one of the nation’s most influential… more

John Hockenberry

Hockenberry, John

Co-Host, The Takeaway

Is co-host of The Takeaway, a national morning news program co-produced by WNYC Radio and Public Radio International. During his time at ABC and NBC, he earned four Emmy Awards,… more

James K. Galbraith

Galbraith, James K.

Chair of Government/Business Relations, University of Texas at Austin

Holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., Chair of Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, and a professorship in Government. more

Allan Meltzer

Meltzer, Allan

Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, Carnegie Mellon University

Is the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of History of the Federal Reserve, Volume I: 1913-1951 (2002), a definitive… more

Eliot Spitzer

Spitzer, Eliot

Former Governor, New York

Is the former governor of the state of New York. He served eight years as New York attorney general and was named “Crusader of the Year” for his landmark settlement… more

Steve Rattner

Rattner, Steve

Former Managing Principle, The Quadrangle Group LLC.

Served as counselor to the secretary of the Treasury until July 2009, and led the Administration’s efforts to restructure the auto industry. Prior to joining the Treasury Department in February… more

Lawrence Mishel

Mishel, Lawrence

Presidence, Economic Policy Institute

Came to the Economic Policy Institute in 1987. As EPI's first research director, then as vice president, and now president, he has played a significant role in building EPI's research… more