Background Briefing - Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Charles Schmitz is the president of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies and an associate professor of Geography at Towson University. He has researched and written extensively on Yemen and its relationships with other nations on the Arabian Peninsula and with the United States.

Adele Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief, and co-editor of Dangerous Brew: Exposing the Tea Party’s Agenda to Take Over America. The book is available only from She recently covered the Glenn Beck rally in Washington and then yesterday covered Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive.

James T. Kloppenberg is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and chair of the History Department at Harvard University. His books include Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920; The Virtues of Liberalism; A Companion to American Thought; and his new book Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition.