Daily Briefing - Tuesday September 21, 2010

Garrett Gruener is the founder of Ask.com and a co-founder of Alta Partners. Mr. Gruener holds advanced degrees political science and technology policy, and is a specialist in information technology with more than two decades of experience in software development, systems engineering and corporate development.He sits on the boards of directors of several companies, including Ask Jeeves and Nanōmix. In 2003, he ran for governor of California in the special recall election. His editorial, "I'm Rich, Tax Me More," appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times.

Jeff Gottlieb is a senior writer for the Los Angeles Times. Along with his partner, Ruben Vives, he broke the story of outrageous pay scales for officials in the City of Bell. He has been covering the story ever since. In a cover story for Tuesday’s LA Times, Gottlieb and Vives explain how an audit determined that Bell spent nearly $95,000 repaying former City Manager Robert Rizzo’s loans. As copies of the newspaper arrived on doorsteps in Bell this morning, police were arresting Rizzo and six other city officials.

Michael Krepon is the founder and President Emeritus of the Henry L. Stimson Center. He directs programming at the Stimson Center on South Asia, arms control, and space security. He is also a Diplomat Scholar and Visiting Lecturer in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia. Previously, he worked in the Carter Administration, on Capitol Hill, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has written and edited more than a dozen books including Cooperative Threat Reduction, Missile Defense, and the Nuclear Future, Space Assurance or Space Dominance? The Case Against Weaponizing Space, Nuclear Risk Reduction in South Asia, and Better Safe Than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb. He recently published an article titled, “The Flood.”

Background Briefing - Sunday September 19, 2010


Special Guests: Peter Ward


Daily Briefing - Thursday September 16, 2010

Roderic Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is the author twenty-five books on Mexico, his most recent publications include Politics in Mexico, the Democratic Consolidation and Mexico’s Military on the Democratic Stage. 

George Grayson is a professor of comparative politics at the College of William and Mary. He has written more than twenty books and monographs, including The North American Free Trade Agreement: Regional Community and the New World Order, Oil and Mexican Foreign Policy, and Mexican Messiah: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He is an associate scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and writes a weekly column for the Mexican magazine, Milenio Semanal. His newest book is, Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State?

Manuel Suárez-Mier is Senior Economist at the Bank of America, and he writes a weekly column in Mexico City’s leading financial newspaper, El Economista. Prior to that, he was with CIDAC, Mexico’s leading independent think-tank and professor of economics at Mexican Autonomous Technological Institute, ITAM, where he conducted research on monetary and fiscal issues. Suárez-Mier spent five years in Washington D.C. as Minister for Economic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the U.S., and he was a visiting scholar at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Business in Washington D.C. More recently he represented the Attorney General of Mexico in the US when the Merida Initiative, a plan for both nations to jointly fight transnational criminal organizations, was negotiated and approved by the US Congress. Suárez-Mier has published widely on public finance, economic development and monetary policy. Most recently, he co-authored The Amero: A Proposal for the Monetary Union of North America.

Dr. Pamela K. Starr is Director of the US-Mexico Network at the University of Southern California, an associate professor in Public Diplomacy and the School of International Relations, and a university fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Her research and writing focuses on two main topics: contemporary Mexico – its politics and policy-making, foreign policy, and relations with the United States – and the politics of economic policy-making across Latin America. She came to USC from the Eurasia Group, one of the world's leading global political risk advisory and consulting firms, where she was senior analyst responsible for Mexico. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Mexico as a professor of Latin American political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City.

Daily Briefing - Wednesday September 15, 2010

Special Guests: Adele Stan, Joe Bageant, & Craig Holman 

Daily Briefing - Tuesday September 14, 2010

Congressman Bob Filner represents California’s 51st District which includes much of southern San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, and all of Imperial County. In 1961 he participated in the Freedom Rides, and spent two months in a Mississippi jail as a result. This morning he joined a public demonstration against a bank foreclosure of a home owned by a mother who has one autistic child and another battling cancer and whose bank refused to even negotiate to modify her loan. 

Jeffrey Stempel is the Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s William S. Boyd School of Law. He has extensive experience in insurance law, and has authored books and articles on the subject, including Litigation Road: The Story of Campbell v. State Farm and Stemepl on Insurance Law. 

William D. Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation Previously, Mr. Hartung worked for 15 years as Director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. He was also a policy analyst and speech writer for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, and a project director at the New York-based Council on Economic Priorities. His books include, How Much Are You Making on the War Daddy? A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration, Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War, and coming out in December, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex