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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

Jorge Castañeda

Castañeda, Jorge

Former Foreign Minister of Mexico

Was foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003. Castañeda is a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, and prolific writer, with an interest in Mexican and Latin American politics, comparative… more

Chris W. Cox

Cox, Chris W.

Executive Director, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA)

Is the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America. Cox oversees seven ILA divisions: Federal Affairs, State… more

Asa Hutchinson

Hutchinson, Asa

Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Asa Hutchinson is CEO of Hutchinson Group, a homeland security consulting firm, and practices law in Northwest Arkansas.  Hutchinson was the first Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. … more