Daily Briefing - Monday September 13, 2010

John Dean became Counsel to the President of the United States Richard Nixon in July 1970 at age thirty-one. Prior to that, John Dean was Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, the Associate Director of a law reform commission, and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Today, John Dean is a best-selling author who writes on the law, government, and politics. He recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition and Lost Honor. He has authored eight books in total, including the best-sellers Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, Conservatives Without Conscience and Broken Government: How Republican Rule destroyed the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches. His latest, co-authored with Barry M. Goldwater is Pure Goldwater.

Peter A. Brown is the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, where he is the chief spokesman for the Florida and Ohio polls. He has more than 30 years of experience as a political journalist and editor in Washington, D.C., New England and Florida. Previously he was a political reporter for United Press International. He also served as the White House correspondent and then political editor for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.

Hakan Özoglu is a professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, he taught at the University of Chicago. Professor Ozoolu grew up in Istanbul, played soccer professionally, and then worked as a journalist in several Turkish daily newspapers before coming to the United States for his doctoral work in history. His most recent book is, Kurdish Nobles and the Ottoman State.

Background Briefing - Sunday September 12, 2010

Colonel Lawence Wilkerson was Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff at the Department of State from August 2002 to January 2005. He began working with Powell as his Deputy Executive Officer starting in 1989, Upon Powell's retirement from active service in 1993, Colonel Wilkerson served as the Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia. Wilkerson rejoined Powell’s staff as a civilian in the State Department. In October of 2005, Colonel Wilkerson, after considerable soul searching, went public with his knowledge that Vice President Cheney had provided the "guidance" that led to America's torture disgrace in Guantanamo, Abu Ghriab and elsewhere. He currently teaches courses at the College of William & Mary and George Washington University.

Robert Baer managed agents from the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, from 1976 to 1997, working against Hizbollah, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers including Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; See No Evil, which recounts Baer's years as a top CIA operative and provided the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Mr. Baer; and The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower.

Melvin Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. His 42-year government career included service at the CIA, State Department, Defense Department and the US Army. In 1991 he was one of three former CIA officials to testify before the Senate against the nomination of Robert Gates as director of central intelligence on the grounds that he had slanted intelligence to suit policy. His latest book is "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA." He has a new article, entitled "The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11."

Daily Briefing - Thursday September 9, 2010

 

Special Guests: John Gallagher from the Detroit Free Press, Bob Stearns

Daily Briefing - Wednesday September 8, 2010

 

Special Guests: Senator Bernie Sanders, Colonel Patrick Lang, & Pulitzer-Prize Winner Chris Hedges

Daily Briefing - Tuesday September 7, 2010

Nate Silver is a statistician, analyst, journalist, and writer. He ran the website FiveThirtyEight.com, and his blog, FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus, appears on the New York Times’s website. He accurately predicted the winner in 49 of 50 states in the 2008 election and in April of 2009 Times Magazine named him one of The World's 100 Most Influential People.

Stephen Lemons  is a reporter and columnist for the Phoenix New Times, where he covers Arizona politics. He also writes the politics blog, “The Feathered Bastard.”

Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. He also served as the CIA’s Kabul station chief and as a senior political scientist at RAND. Currently an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University, he has lived and worked in the Muslim world for nearly two decades and is the author of numerous books about the Middle East, including The Future of Political Islam and most recently A World Without Islam.