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Peter Zeihan

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist & Author, The Accidental Superpower

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who has lived in the world of international affairs throughout his career. After stints with the Center for Political Strategic Studies under Susan Eisenhower… more

Joseph Joffe

Josef Joffe

Senior Fellow, Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute & Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit

Josef Joffe is the publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit and a senior fellow of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A visiting professor of political science at… more

Scott Turow

Scott Turow

Attorney & Author

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987), and the sequel, Innocent, published by… more

Franklin Foer

Franklin Foer

Former Editor, The New Republic

Franklin Foer is the former editor of The New Republic. Before joining The New Republic, Foer was a frequent contributor to the online magazine Slate. His writing has also appeared… more

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