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Jack Allan Abramoff

Jack Allan Abramoff is a former American lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer. He was at the heart of an extensive corruption investigation that led to his conviction and to 21 persons either pleading guilty or being found guilty, including White House officials and nine other lobbyists and Congressional aides. View Guest page

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Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams is an American attorney at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is an expert on constitutional law, and many arguments in the briefs he has written have been adopted as United States Constitutional interpretative law as it relates to the First Amendment and free speech. He is also the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. View Guest page

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Neil Barofsky

Neil Barofsky served both the Bush and Obama administrations as the watchdog of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). From December 2008 until March 2011, he was the Special Inspector General for TARP, working to ensure against fraud and abuse in the spending of the $700 billion allocated for the bailouts. In his book BAILOUT: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, he presents a scathing indictment of how those funds were mishandled and reveals the extent to which government officials of both parties, across two administrations, served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. View Guest page

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Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer is a stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He is currently cast and best known for his role as John Munch on the hit NBC show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has written such books as UFOs, JFK, and Elvis (2000) and the novels I Am Not a Cop! (2009) and I Am Not a Psychic! View Guest page

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Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen One of the few reporters who interviewed Osama bin Laden, Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist and author of four books. He is the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security and CNN’s national security analyst. His most recent bestseller, Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad, is being produced by HBO as a theatrical release documentary. View Guest page

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Tom Bevan

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics. Prior to launching the site in 2000 with Princeton University classmate John McIntyre, Tom worked for nearly a decade in the advertising and communications industries. In addition to overseeing the editorial staff and writing regular features for RealClearPolitics, Tom’s work has appeared in numerous publications and he is featured frequently as a political analyst on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the BBC. View Guest page

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Clem Brooks

Clem Brooks is the James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. His interests are voting behavior, public opinion, and social policy. He co-authored Whose Rights? Counterterrorism and the Dark Side of American Public Opinion with Jeff Manza. He also wrote Why Welfare States Persist (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and Social Cleavages and Political Change (Oxford University Press, 1999). View Guest page

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Dick Cavett

Three-time Emmy winner Dick Cavett hosted “The Dick Cavett Show” late-night on ABC, PBS, USA network and CNBC. His shows were hailed for their wide variety of guests, it’s frequent controversy, and Cavett’s ability to attract “ungettable” guests. His most recent book, “TALK SHOW” is a collection of his blogs written for his online New York Times column. View Guest page

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Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Davenport Chafee served as the Mayor of Warwick, a U.S. Senator, and as the 74th Governor of Rhode Island. While in the Senate, Chafee was a member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Middle East Subcommittee. Chafee was a member of the “Gang of Fourteen” – a bipartisan group of Senators who successfully negotiated a compromise in the spring of 2005 to avoid the deployment of the “nuclear option” over an organized use of the filibuster. Chafee was also the only Republican in the Senate to vote against authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. In June 2015, Chafee announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 2016. View Guest page

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Dr. Derek Cheung

Dr. Derek Cheung is a scientist and businessman, with a lifetime of experience in both science and technology. After receiving his M.S and Ph.D from Stanford, Cheung spent four years working as a research engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, before becoming CEO of Rockwell Scientific. Most recently, Cheung released, ‘Conquering the Electron,’ a book that offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics. View Guest page

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Henry Gabriel Cisneros

Henry Gabriel Cisneros is an American politician and businessman. Cisneros worked as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. As HUD Secretary, Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever rate of home ownership. He also served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989. Cisneros is the Founder and Chairman of CityView companies, has authored several books, most recently releasing Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity View Guest page

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Eleanor Clift

Political reporter, television pundit and author, Eleanor Clift is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each week on the Newsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group and a political contributor for the Fox News Channel. View Guest page

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Mignon L. Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn is the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in following her re-nomination by President Barack Obama, in February 2013. Prior to her nomination to the FCC, she served for 11 years as the representative of South Carolina's 6th congressional district on the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC). Preeding her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Clyburn was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project, in 2009. View Guest page

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Thomas Allen "Tom" Coburn

Thomas Allen "Tom" Coburn is an American politician and medical doctor. Coburn was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, and served through 2001. During his three terms in the House, Coburn played an influential role in reforming welfare and other federal entitlement programs. In 2004, he returned to political office with a successful run for the U.S. Senate. Coburn was re-elected to a second term in 2010. Coburn is one of three medical doctors currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Coburn is a fiscal and social conservative, and described as the "godfather of the modern conservative, austerity movement". In 2013, Coburn received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. View Guest page

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William Cohen

William Sebastian Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, and as Secretary of Defense under Democratic President Bill Clinton. Cohen became deeply involved in the Watergate investigation during his first term in Congress. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Cohen was one of the first Republicans to break with his party, and voted for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. During this time, Time magazine named him one of "America's 200 Future Leaders”. While in the Senate, Cohen served on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee, and was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. View Guest page

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Alan Colmes

Alan Colmes is an American radio/television host, liberal political commentator for the Fox News Channel, and blogger. He is the host of The Alan Colmes Show, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show distributed by Fox News Radio that also airs throughout the United States on Fox News Talk on Sirius and XM. From 1996 to 2009, Colmes served as the co-host of Hannity & Colmes, a nightly political debate show on Fox News Channel. In addition to broadcasting, Colmes runs the Liberaland blog and contributes to AOL News. He wrote Red, White & Liberal: How Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong. View Guest page

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Henry Crumpton

Ambassador Henry Crumpton is a renowned counter terrorism expert, and is truly revered as a legend in the world of international intelligence and espionage. For a crucial period, he led the CIA's global covert operations against America's terrorist enemies, including al Qaeda. His new bestselling book, The Art of Intelligence, draws from the full arc of Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. From his early years in Africa, where he recruited and ran sources, from loathsome criminals to heroic warriors; to his liaison assignment at the FBI, the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, the development of the UAV Predator program, and the Afghanistan war; to his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the United States, he employs enthralling storytelling to teach important lessons about national security, but also about duty, honor, and love of country. View Guest page

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Lanny J. Davis

Lanny J. Davis is an American lawyer, consultant, lobbyist, author and television commentator. From 1996 – 1998, Davis served as advisor and special counsel to former President Bill Clinton, and served on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board under President Bush. Davis is currently a Fox News contributor and has a column entitled, Purple Nation, that appears regularly in The Hill, The Huffington Post,, The Daily Caller, and Newsmax. View Guest page

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Lanny J. Davis

Lanny J. Davis is an American lawyer, consultant, lobbyist, author and television commentator. From 1996 – 1998, Davis served as advisor and special counsel to former President Bill Clinton and served on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board under President Bush. Davis is currently a Fox News contributor and has a column entitled, Purple Nation, that appears regularly in The Hill, The Huffington Post,, The Daily Caller, and Newsmax. View Guest page

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John Densmore

John Densmore is the drummer for 1960’s rock band, The Doors, and author of “The Doors: Unhinged (Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes On Trial).” Densmore will talk about the lawsuit he and the late Jim Morrison's family filed against keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger when the two launched their Doors of the 21st Century and he will discuss his resistance to using the Doors' music in advertising. View Guest page

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Alan Dershowitz

Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, accomplished author, and political commentator. He graduated from Yale Law School and went on to serve as clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg. Dershowitz later joined the faculty of Harvard Law School and was made a full professor in 1967 at the age of 28, which made him the youngest full professor of law in the school’s history at the time. Much of his legal career is focused on criminal law that often involved high-profile figures and he consistently takes on cases that provide a challenge. View Guest page

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Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue is an American media personality, writer and film producer. He is best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show, which ran from 1967 to 1996, the longest running syndicated talk show in U.S. television history. More recently he hosted a show called Donahue on MSNBC. In 2007,Mr. Donahue served as executive producer for the feature documentary film, Body of War. His books include Donahue: My Own Story and The Human Animal. Mr. Donahue was awarded nine Emmy Awards during his broadcasting career, and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993. In May of 2002 ~ TV Guide named “DONAHUE” as one of the Fifty Greatest TV Shows of all time. View Guest page

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Patti Solis Doyle

Patti Solis Doyle is a political organizer and strategist who has been part of several of the most important campaigns of the past 30 years, including Richard Daley's 1990 campaign for mayor of Chicago, Bill Clinton's successful bid for president in 1992, Hillary Clinton's election to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and Clinton’s failed campaign for president, and Barack Obama's victory in 2008. Solis Doyle was also the first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. presidential campaign. View Guest page

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Larry Flynt

Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. is an American publisher, world-renowned defender of First Amendment rights, and Chairman of the Hustler brand of properties. Flynt is the president of Larry Flynt Publications, which consists of over 30 magazines, including Chic, and Barely Legal. Most recently, he released Rage Magazine, which is geared toward Generation X-ers. Throughout his career, Flynt has been involved in numerous legal battles regarding the regulation of free speech in the United States. Flynt has authored four books, and was the feature of 1996 critically-acclaimed film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” with actor Woody Harrelson in the title role. View Guest page

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Steve Forbes Jr.

Malcolm Stevenson “Steve” Forbes Jr. is an American publishing executive who was a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party for president in 1996 and 2000. He is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes, the nation’s leading business magazine, which has a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes is the author of several books including his most recent publication, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy - and What We Can Do About It. View Guest page

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Jared Heyman

Jared Heyman is the Founder and CEO of CrowdMed, a digital health startup harnessing ‘the wisdom of crowds’ to solve the world’s most difficult medical cases online. Prior to CrowdMed, Heyman founded the online survey firm Infosurv, as well as the Infosurv spin off Intengo, a leading-edge prediction market technology company for market research. He has been featured on Bloomberg TV, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, as well as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many others. View Guest page

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LT. General Russel L. Honoré

LT. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret), was widely hailed by the media as the "Category 5 General" who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré is currently a Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness, and a CNN Preparedness Contributor. His latest book, Leadership in the New Normal is now available. View Guest page

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Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison has been one of the top five ranking Republicans in the Senate, serving on the Appropriations Committee, Veterans Affairs, Science and Transportation, Defense, and Water and Energy Committees. She was the first woman elected to represent the state of Texas and she has been named one of the top thirty most powerful women in America. In January 2013, after finishing her third full term, Kay Bailey Hutchison retired from the U.S. Senate. View Guest page

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Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Jesse Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. As a civil rights advocate, Reverend Jackson became a full-time organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and was appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to direct Operation Breadbasket, the economic arm of the SCLC. Jackson founded the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, a ‘multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, and international membership organization fighting for social change.’ He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in both 1984 and 1988, and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 - 1997. In 1997, Jackson was appointed by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as "Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa,” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. View Guest page

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Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate for President and the former two-term Governor of New Mexico. He has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest. View Guest page

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Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones is an attorney and Republican activist from Enid, Oklahoma. He is best known for serving as Timothy McVeigh's lead defense lawyer during McVeigh's trial on 11 counts regarding his actions in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. View Guest page

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Marcy Kaptur

Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, currently serving her seventeenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kaptur is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history. Congresswoman Kaptur is the first Democratic woman to serve on the Defense subcommittee, and during her legislative career she also served on the Banking and Veterans Affairs Committees. She is dedicated to the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own backyard." Congresswoman Kaptur consistently refuses to accept congressional pay raises, returns money to the federal treasury, and donates funds to offset the federal deficit and charitable causes. View Guest page

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John King

John King’s career as a writer began when joined the Associated Press in 1985. In 1991, King was named chief political correspondent and headed the AP's political coverage of the 1992 and 1996 elections. Also in 1991, King won the top reporting prize from the Associated Press Managing Editors' Association for his coverage of the Gulf War in Kuwait. In 1997, King joined CNN where he served as the senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, King was named CNN's chief national correspondent, a position he still holds. He frequently appears on the nightly news programs The Situation Room and Anderson Cooper 360. View Guest page

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Larry King

LARRY KING has been dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide and "master of the mike" by TIME magazine. The Emmy Award-winning King hosted CNN's Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in television talk show and the network's highest rated program for 25 years. In December 2010, King temporarily hung up his suspenders but in July 2012, his collaboration with Carlos Slim debuted the on-line network with “Larry King Now”, a daily new and different show featuring celebrities and newsmakers from around the world. View Guest page

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Marc Klaas

Marc Klaas In the aftermath of the October 1, 1993 kidnap and murder of his tweleve-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. Through federal and state legislative efforts Marc Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Often times this advocacy takes the form of legislative testimony however, Klaas has also been instrumental in the development of child safety measures like the state of the art high tech Amber Alert and most recently, a SmartPhone app which is a parent installed missing child alert system. View Guest page

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Bill Kristol

William Kristol is an editor and publisher of the Washington, D.C.-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. Mr. Kristol recently co-authored The New York Times bestseller The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America's Mission. Kristol served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and also served Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Ronald Reagan. Kristol is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators. View Guest page

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John McAfee

John McAfee is a British-American computer programmer. In 1987, McAfee founded McAfee Associates, a computer anti-virus company that was the first to distribute anti-virus software using the shareware business model. Other business ventures that he founded included Tribal Voice, which developed one of the first instant messaging programs, PowWow. In 2000, John McAfee invested in and joined the board of directors of Zone Labs, makers of firewall software, prior to its acquisition by Check Point Software in 2003. View Guest page

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General Barry McCaffrey

General Barry McCaffrey Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours – as well as twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. For five years after leaving the military, Barry McCaffrey served as the nation’s Cabinet Officer in charge of U.S. Drug Policy. View Guest page

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David McCullough

David Gaub McCullough is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award. Many of McCullough’s writings have been adopted into television movies or miniseries by HBO, such as Truman and John Adams. McCullough was a host on the American Experience for over 12 years. He has authored numerous books, most recently releasing The Wright Brothers, which tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly. View Guest page

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Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul is the former United States Ambassador to Russia. Prior to his nomination to the Ambassadorial position, McFaul served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House. McFaul is a professor of political science at Stanford University, and currently works as a news analyst for NBC. His areas of expertise include international relations, Russian politics, comparative democratization, and American foreign policy. View Guest page

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Enrico Moretti

Enrico Moretti is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley where he holds the Michael Peevey and Donald Vial Career Development Chair in Labor Economics. He is the Director of the Infrastructure and Urbanization Program at the International Growth Centre (London School of Economics and Oxford University). He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge), and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn). His research interests include Labor Economics, Urban Economics and Applied Econometrics. His new book, THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF JOBS, is now available in bookstores. View Guest page

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Ralph Nader

Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades. Consumer advocate and author of the new book "Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win," Ralph Nader continues his citizen action work. View Guest page

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Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark is a self-described nerd, pioneer of the Web, speaker, philanthropist, and a strong advocate of the use of technology for the pubic good. In 1995 he founded Craigslist, which has become one of the world’s most-visited websites with around 50 billion pages viewed per month. In 2011 he founded Craigconnects, his personal Web-based initiative that supports organizations making a difference in areas including open government, public diplomacy, back-to-basics journalism and fact-checking, consumer protection, and technology for the public good. Newmark currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He also serves as an advisor on the use of technology to more than a dozen other non-profit organizations and government agencies. Newmark blogs regularly on his own website, the Huffington Post, and SF Gate. View Guest page

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Jim Nicholson

R. James “Jim” Nicholson served as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under President George W. Bush from February 2005 through September 2007. In that role, Mr. Nicholson was the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government, ensuring that they received the care, support, recognition and dignity they deserved for their service to our country. Prior to his tenure at the VA, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See where he was knighted by Pope John Paul II for his leadership on human rights issues. Nicholson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served eight years on active duty as a paratrooper and Ranger, then 22 years in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of colonel. While serving in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Air Medals. View Guest page

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Ted Nugent

Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. A talented musician since age 6, Nugent fronted the band Amboy Dukes in the 1970s, and has produced solo work since 1977, including the successful album Cat Scratch Fever. Throughout his career, Nugent has served on the boards of more than two dozen political and charitable associations, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) law enforcement program. Nugent is also the creator and host of the award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television show — seen exclusively on Outdoor Channel — where he proudly serves as Ambassador for the network. View Guest page

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Paul H. O’Neill

Paul H. O’Neill was the 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, serving from 2001-2002. The uncommonly outspoken business leader was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, then forced out in short order after challenging President Bush’s tax cuts. Prior to politics, O’Neill was chairman and CEO of Alcoa from 1987 to 1999 and President of International Paper Company from 1985 to 1987. View Guest page

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Parmy Olson

Parmy Olson is the author of “We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency,” the first full account of the 2010 digital hacking assault on the websites of VISA, MasterCard and PayPal in protest for their treatment of Wikileaks. Olson is also the London Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine and, managing coverage of the financial crisis in Europe, interviewing billionaires Philip Green, Yuri Milner and the controversial Mohammed Al Fayed, and breaking stories such as the Facebook-Spotify partnership in 2011. A dual national with British-American citizenship and Portuguese heritage, her journalistic career and education have largely been based in the U.K., seeing her graduate from London's City University in 2004 and working as a local radio journalist for Britain's oldest commercial radio station, Radio Jackie 107.8FM. She went on to work for BBC Television before joining Forbes' London bureau in late 2005. View Guest page

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Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call called "Congress Inside Out" and is an election eve analyst for CBS News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. His many books include “The Permanent Campaign and It’s Future,” “The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track,” and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.” View Guest page

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Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman is a prodigious talent on the violin who overcame a diagnosis of polio at a young age to become one of the most renowned classical musicians in the world. He has played around the globe with the world’s leading orchestras, collaborated with several other notable musicians, and gone on to work as a successful conductor. By 2013, he had received 15 Grammy Awards and has won 4 Emmys for his work in music. Perlman also uses time to pass his skills onto the next generation as a teacher at Julliard and co-founded the Perlman Music Program in 1998. View Guest page

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Steven R. Peterson

Steven R. Peterson had been a Special Agent (SA) of the United States Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for nearly three decades. Peterson taught over 80,000 law enforcement officers, and has received numerous awards and commendations. Peterson is a nationally recognized expert in Mexican Black Tar Heroin, as well as money laundering in the medical and legal cannabis industry. View Guest page

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Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald and won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards. He is also the author of several novels including Freeman, Before I Forget and Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. View Guest page

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Vladimir Pozner

Vladimir Pozner is a legendary Russian journalist, best known in the West for bridging the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In 1994, Pozner founded the School for Television Excellence in Moscow, to educate and promote young journalists. He was president of the Russian Television Academy until 2008. View Guest page

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Michael "Mike" Rogers

Michael "Mike" Rogers is a CNN National Security Commentator. Rogers served as an officer in the U.S. Army, a special agent in the FBI, and a Michigan state Senator before his election to Congress in 2000. Rogers then served as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district, from 2001-2015. A member of the Republican Party, Rogers also was Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Now offering a short, daily commentary for radio syndication company Westwood One, Rogers appears regularly in the media as an expert on national security and intelligence matters. A Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute, Rogers also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. View Guest page

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Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross A former special assistant to President Obama, Ambassador Dennis Ross is a scholar on the Middle East. He played a key role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, working as point man in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Ambassador Ross is now a counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He’s written many books on the peace process, most recently Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East. View Guest page

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Peter Schiff

Peter Schiff in an American businessman, investment broker, author and financial commentator. Sciff is a CEO and cheif global strategist of Euro Pacific Capitol Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. View Guest page

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William Shatner

William Shatner gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the science fiction television series, Star Trek. He wrote a series of books chronicling his experiences on Star Trek and authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television. Shatner also played veteran police officer, T.J. Hooker, hosted the reality based television series, Rescue 911, he starred as Denny Crane in the television dramas The Practice and its spin off Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. View Guest page

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Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is a best-selling American author, journalist, and lecturer. She is best known for her book Passages and decoding the life cycle of Boomer women and men. View Guest page

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Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host, political commentator, and philanthropist. In 1996, Smiley began producing BET Tonight. He is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West joined forces to host their own radio talk show, Smiley & West. Smiley founded the founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 1999, which funds programs that develop young leaders in the community. Smiley was named one of “Time’s 100 Most Influential People in The World”, in 2009. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored fourteen books. View Guest page

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Lesley Stahl

Lesley Rene Stahl is an American television journalist. Stahl got her start in television as a young reporter covering the Watergate scandal, and later covered the Reagan and Bush administrations for the CBS Evening News. In 1991, she was named co-editor of the television news program 60 Minutes. She's also worked as an anchor for the CBS program 48 Hours Investigates. Lesley Stahl is a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, as well as one of the founding members of, a website for women to talk about culture, politics, and gossip. Her accolades include the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television and the coveted Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism Award View Guest page

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Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999-2009. Universally recognized by both sides of the issue as the most vocal opponent of illegal immigration in Washington. Tancredo founded the House Immigration Reform Caucus. He sought the 2008 Republican nomination for President with the intention of forcing the immigration issue into the debate. View Guest page

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Linda Tripp

Linda Tripp's successful government career spanned close to 30 years and included positions of increasing responsibility at both the Department of Defense and the White House. At the White House she had the distinction of being name requested to work for the President's senior staff in the West Wing in both the Bush and Clinton administrations. View Guest page

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Juraj Vaculík

Juraj Vaculík is the co-founder and CEO of Aeromobil, a tech company planning to release the first flying car by 2017. In 1996 Vaculik founded ‘MADE BY VACULIK’ - one of the leading independent advertising agencies in the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region, extending its reach to over 30 countries. Under his leadership Vaculik has won more than 200 advertising awards for creativity and campaign efficiency including EPICA, N.Y. Festival, Cresta, Eurobest, LIAA, Golden Drum and EFFIE, among others. View Guest page

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Shannon Watts

Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, a grassroots effort formed in the wake of the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. View Guest page

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Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 until 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001. She is president of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Governor Whitman wrote the 2005 New York Times best seller, “It’s My Party Too.” View Guest page

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Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson is an American politician who has served as mayor of San Diego, California and U.S. Senator in the 1980s. He was elected Governor of California in 1990, becoming California’s thirty-sixth chief executive, and was reelected in 1994. As governor, Wilson focused on reforms in the areas of health coverage for employees of small businesses, workers compensation, and education. In addition, he signed into law two major pieces of crime-related legislation–the “Three Strikes” law (25 years to life for repeat felons) and the “One Strike” law (25 years to life upon the first conviction of aggravated rape or child molestation.) Wilson received the Woodrow Wilson Institute award for Distinguished Public Service and was awarded the Patriots Award by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. View Guest page

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General Chuck Yeager

General Yeager is one of the most famous and celebrated aviators of all time. He was the first person to exceed the speed of sound, the first commandant of the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School which produced astronauts for the NASA and USAF space program and a decorated war hero, recipient of the Purple Heart, the World War II Victory Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yeager’s work as a USAF test pilot, and later with the space program, was profiled in the book and subsequent motion picture, The Right Stuff. General Yeager, at age 89, continues to lead and inspire. Among other recent accomplishments, he flew supersonic October 14, 2012, 65 years to the minute after he first broke the sound barrier. View Guest page

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John Zogby

Founder of the Zogby Poll, John Zogby is the hottest and most accurate pollster and analyst of America’s political and cultural landscape. He correctly predicted the cliffhanger result of the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush, in contrast to most other pollsters who had expected Bush to win easily. He correctly called the 2001 Israeli election for Ariel Sharon, the 2000 Mexican election for Vicente Fox and again in Mexico with the victory of Felipe Calderón in 2006. As author of The New York Times bestseller “The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream,” Zogby continues to put his finger on the pulse of America, creating a portrait of the trends that drive our society today, and in the future. Currently, Zogby pens a weekly column for, a weekly report card on President Obama’s performance for The Washington Times, and a monthly column for Politics magazine. View Guest page

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The Costa Report

Tuesday at 6 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

The Costa Report is a post-partisan talk show for thinking people – citizens who don’t care whether a solution comes from the left, right, or center, so long as it works.

Each week The Costa Report goes where the other networks won’t. Rebecca Costa delivers what other “big-name” talk show hosts don’t. She invites the world’s top newsmakers and thought-leaders to discuss the challenges we now face for one full hour each week. No sound bites. No talking points. Each show is completely un-scripted and un-edited. From government debt, healthcare and terrorism, to election, education and energy reform, no topic is off-limits.

The Costa Report airs on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel every Tuesday at 6 AM and 6 PM Pacific Time.

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Rebecca Costa

Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. A thought-leader and provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and Jared Diamond, Costa is the foremost expert in “Fast Adaptation” tracing everything from terrorism, debt, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East to evolutionary imperatives.

Retiring at the zenith of her career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction. In her book, Costa explains how the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock. When asked why the book has special significance today, Costa claims, “Every person I know, wants to know why our government gets more in debt, our air and water more polluted, our jails more crowded, our security more tenuous and our children more violent. We seem to have lost our ability to solve our problems. The Watchman’s Rattle offers a genetic explanation for our paralysis, and prescribes a way out.”

The success of Rebecca Costa’s first book led to a weekly radio program in 2010 called The Costa Report. The Costa Report is currently one of the fastest growing radio programs on the West Coast.

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