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Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias

Executive Editor, Vox

Matthew Yglesias is executive editor of Vox.com, a digital news startup that launched in April 2014. Previously he was the Moneybox columnist at Slate. Yglesias was also a fellow at… more

Joe Konrath

Joe Konrath

Author & Self-Publishing Pioneer

Joe Konrath is the author of several dozen thriller novels. He was traditionally published by Hyperion, Hachette, and Penguin. Since getting his rights back, he's sold over a million ebooks… more

Alison Van Eenennaam

Alison Van Eenennaam

Genomics and Biotechnology Researcher, UC Davis

Alison Van Eenennaam is a genomics and biotechnology researcher and cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural… more

Elizabeth Wydra

Elizabeth Wydra

Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center

Elizabeth Wydra is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Chief Counsel. She frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and has argued several important cases in the federal courts of appeals. She joined CAC… more

Elise Gould

Elise Gould

Senior Economist and Dir. of Health Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute

Elise Gould’s research areas include wages, poverty, inequality, economic mobility and health care. She is a co-author of The State of Working America, 12th Edition. Gould also co-authored a book… more

John Yoo

John Yoo

Professor of Law, UC Berkeley & Fmr. Justice Department Lawyer

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller professor of law at UC Berkeley and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of Point of Attack: Preventive… more

Alex Abdo

Alex Abdo

Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project

Alex Abdo is a staff attorney in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Currently, he is counsel in the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging the NSA’s phone-records program… more

Paul Pillar

Paul Pillar

Sr. Fellow, Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies & Fmr. National Intelligence Officer

Paul R. Pillar is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies of Georgetown University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He retired in 2005… more

Robert Fraley

Robert Fraley

Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto

Dr. Robert Fraley is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto. He has been with Monsanto for over 30 years, and currently oversees the company’s global technology division… more

Margaret Mellon

Margaret Mellon

Science Policy Consultant & Fmr. Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Margaret Mellon is a science policy consultant in the areas of antibiotics, genetic engineering and sustainable agriculture. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology and a law degree from the… more