Daily Briefing - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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William Gale is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also directs their Retirement Security Project, co-directs the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, and is the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy. Prior to joining Brookings he was an Economics professor at UCLA and a senior staff economist in the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H. W. Bush. His books include, Taxing the Future: Fiscal Policy in the Bush Administration ; Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America and Economic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform .

Charles Kennedy is a professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University, where he directs the Middle East and South Asia Studies program. He has been researching and writing about South Asian political and governmental systems since 1975, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. He served as the Director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies from 1988 to 2001. His books include Government and Politics in South Asia; Pakistan: 2005; and Pakistan at the Millennium.

David Enders is the author of Baghdad Bulletin, an account of his reporting on the American occupation of Iraq. He has reported and produced from the Middle East, Europe and the US for outlets ranging from Al Jazeera English to The Nation to The New York Times.

Alaa Majeed is an award-winning Iraqi journalist who has worked for Al Jazeera and McClatchy in their Baghdad bureaus, in addition to reporting for other news organizations. In 2007, she won the “Courage in Journalism” Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation. She currently works as a reporter and does research for the Committee to Protect Journalists.