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.

Background Briefing - Sunday September 5, 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.

Dr. Paul Pillar is the Director of Graduate Studies at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University. He retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. He is the author of the books Terrorism and US Foreign Policy and Negotiating Peace: War Termination as a Bargaining Process. He will be part of the New America Foundation’s “Team B” Group that will be taking part in a forum called, “A New Way Forward?: Rethinking US Strategy in Afghanistan.”

Dr. Lawrence Mishel is an economist, author and analyst who is president of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic research institution in Washington, D.C., that focuses primarily on economic trends that affect the lives and living standards of working people. He is principal author of a research volume published every two years that is widely considered the authoritative text on the American workforce, The State of Working America. His latest report is titled, “Recession Hits Workers’ Paychecks: Wage growth Has Collapsed.”

Daily Briefing - Thursday September 2, 2010

C. Christine Fair is a professor in the Center for Peace and Security Studies within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, she has served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and as a senior research associate in USIP’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. She is also a senior fellow with the Counter Terrorism Center at West Point. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited several books including Treading Softly on Sacred Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations on Sacred Space, The Madrassah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan, and Fortifying Pakistan: The Role of U.S. Internal Security Assistance.

Amy Myers Jaffe is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and is the associate director of the Rice University Energy Program. She has researched and written extensively on the issues of oil geopolitics and strategic energy policy. Her publications include the books Natural Gas and Geopolitics: From 1970 to 2040, Energy in the Caspian Region: Present and Future, and Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy. Prior to joining Rice University, Jaffe was the senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. 

Chris Hedges is a journalist, author, and social critic who spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 2002 he was part of the team at the New York Times that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism, and he also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights. Now he writes primarily about American and Middle Eastern politics and society. His books include War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, and most recently, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.