Daily Briefing - Monday August 30, 2010

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Adele Stan is the Washington Bureau Chief of Alternet.org where she covers beltway politics. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, the Village Voice, The Nation, The Advocate, Salon.com, the Washington Blade and Mother Jones magazine, as well as on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Daily News. She began her media career at Ms. magazine, where she served both on staff and as a contributing editor. She has been covering the religious right for over a decade. Many consider her Mother Jones cover story, “Power Preying,” to be a definitive primer on the movement; a special 10,000-copy reprint sold out its print run. 

Stephen Braun is the National Security Editor for the Associated Press. He formerly was a national correspondent based in Washington for the Los Angeles Times. He shared in the Times' 1991 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Los Angeles riots and a 2002 Overseas Press Club international reporting award for "Inside al Qaeda," a series of stories about that group’s rise. His has covered many landmark American news stories of the past two decades, including the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and five presidential elections. He is the co-author, along with Douglas Farah, of a book about Viktor Bout titled, Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible.

Joe Mathews is the Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. A fourth-generation Californian, he writes about his home state and its politics, media, labor, and real estate. He is the author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy, gave an account of Governor Schwarzenegger’s first term and his use of ballot measures as governing tools. Before joining the New America Foundation he was a reporter for eight years at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he covered the Justice Department for The Wall Street Journal. He began his career in 1994 at the Baltimore Sun, where he wrote about urban issues and the environment. His coverage of a down-on-its-luck neighborhood of former slaughterhouses earned him the incomparable title, “Bard of Pigtown.”

Mark Paul is a senior scholar and deputy director of the California program at the New America Foundation. He was formerly national editor and editorial page editor of the Oakland Tribune, and deputy editorial page editor and columnist at the Sacramento Bee. In 2004 Mr. Paul was appointed deputy treasurer of the state of California. He served as policy director for the treasurer’s office and executive secretary of the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board, which manages the cash reserves of state and local governments.

He also oversaw the operations of the state’s financing authorities for health and pollution control facilities. He left the treasurer’s office in 2006 to become policy director for Angelides 2006, the California gubernatorial campaign of Phil Angelides. Since 2007, he has been at the New America Foundation, where he consults with elected officials and citizen groups and writes and speaks widely around the state on budget policy, tax reform, infrastructure finance, asset building, and the need for fundamental revisions in the state constitution. He and Micah Weinberg wrote a chapter called “Remapping the California Electorate,” in R. Jeffrey Lustig’s new book, Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good. Joe Mathews and Mark Paul are co-authors of the new book, California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How It Can Be Fixed.