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Cedric L. Alexander
Cedric L. Alexander

Cedric L. Alexander is a law enforcement expert with more than 40 years of experience in public safety. He has appeared on national media networks to provide commentary on police-community relations and writes for CNN. He has also served as deputy commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and as a professor in the University of Rochester's department of psychiatry. He is a former president for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

He has lectured on police stress and burnout and currently trains on management and leadership. He is the author of "The New Guardians: Policing in America's Communities for the 21st Century" and "In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save Our Republic."

Ross K. Baker
Ross K. Baker

Ross K. Baker is professor of political science at New Jersey's Rutgers University, specializing in politics, Congress and presidential history.

Baker was senior adviser to Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., in 2000 and to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in 2004. He was also a Scholar-in-Residence in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. He has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the Swedish Insitute of International Relations in Stockholm, a Visiting Professor at Haverford College and a Visiting Professor at the University of Leipzig (Germany). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of several books, including "House & Senate" and "Strangers on a Hill." @Rosbake1

Kurt Bardella
Kurt Bardella

Kurt Bardella is a political commentator and the creator/publisher of a country music media company, "The Morning Hangover." From 2009 to 2013, Bardella was the spokesperson and senior adviser for Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Before that, he was press secretary to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and communications director for Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif. He also served as a spokesman for Breitbart News and the Daily Caller. In 2016, Bardella left the Republican Party and joined the Democratic Party. He is a contributor to MSNBC and NBC NEWS THINK. @KurtBardella

Lionel Beehner
Lionel Beehner

Lionel Beehner is an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and research director of West Point's Modern War Institute. He teaches courses on military innovation and research methods and holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Beehner is a 2019-20 International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was a former senior staff writer, and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He is co-editor of "Blurred Lines: Civil Military Relations and Modern War" (coming in 2020) and is working on a book project on the sociology of guns and civilian militias. His areas of expertise are international relations, civil-military relations, and peace and security.

Alex Berezow
Alex Berezow

Alex Berezow is a science writer, author and public speaker who specializes in the debunking of junk science. Since earning his Ph.D. in microbiology, he has spent a decade "translating" science for the public and mass media. He is now vice president of Scientific Communications at the American Council on Science and Health, a consumer advocacy nonprofit. Berezow is also an analyst at Geopolitical Futures and a non-resident fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks. He was the founding editor of RealClearScience and is a former assistant editor at RealClearWorld, where he specialized in European affairs. @AlexBerezow

James Bovard
James Bovard

James Bovard is an investigative journalist specializing in politics, civil liberties, government waste and fraud. His articles have spurred controversy and denunciations from Cabinet secretaries, agency chiefs and the FBI. He has exposed federal abuses in articles for publications ranging from Playboy to Reader’s Digest, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. His work has won awards from the Free Press Association, the Center for Independent Thought and the Firearms Civil Rights Defense Fund. He is the author of 10 books, including "Public Policy Hooligan," "Attention Deficit Democracy," "Bush Betrayal" and "Terrorism and Tyranny." @jimbovard

Rachel Bovard
Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard is the senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. She has served in both the House and Senate in various roles, including as legislative director for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and as policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the chairmanships of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. In 2013, she was named one of National Journal’s Most Influential Women in Washington under 35. Along with former Sen. Jim DeMint, S.C., she is the co-author of "Conservative: Knowing What to Keep."

Rachel earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and her master's from George Washington University. @rachelbovard

Paul Brandus
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus is an author, journalist, keynote speaker and presidential historian. A frequent speaker at presidential libraries, Fortune 500 companies and various organizations abroad, he is the founder of the White House news service West Wing Reports and has been a member of the White House press corps since 2008. He also spent four years working as a Moscow-based journalist and has reported from Iraq, Cuba, China and more. He is the author of "Under This Roof: The White House and Presidency," "This Day in Presidential History," "This Day in U.S. Military History" and "Jackie: Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O" (coming May 2020). @WestWingReport

Donna Brazile
Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist, a Fox News contributor, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University. She previously served as interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee, chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute and manager of the 2000 Gore campaign. She has lectured at more than 225 colleges and universities on race relations, diversity in the workplace, women and leadership, and restoring civility in politics. Brazile is the author of several books, including "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House." @DonnaBrazile

Ellis Cose
Ellis Cose

Ellis Cose is the author of 10 books on issues of national and international concern. They include the best-selling "The Rage of a Privileged Class," "The Best Defense" (a novel) and a definitive history of the ACLU coming in July 2020. Cose has served as a columnist and contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, as editorial page chief for the New York Daily News, as a fellow at the National Research Council/National Academy of Science, and as a contributor and columnist for numerous major publications. He was the inaugural writer in residence of the American Civil Liberties Union and has been a fellow at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University and the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, a senior fellow and director of energy policy studies at the Joint Center for Political Studies, and a consultant to the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. @EllisCose

Brett M. Decker
Brett M. Decker

Brett M. Decker is an assistant professor of business at Defiance College and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in foreign affairs, commerce, politics and religion. Decker was an editor and writer for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and editorial page editor of The Washington Times. He also was senior vice president at the Export-Import Bank, senior vice president at the Pentagon Federal Credit Union and speechwriter for Majority Whip Tom DeLay in the U.S. House of Representatives. Decker is the best-selling author of "The Conservative Case for Trump," "Bowing to Beijing" and "Global Filipino." @BrettMDecker

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University in Boston. He has published 18 books, including "Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder" and "The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder," as well as dozens of journal and magazine articles, and hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country, primarily in the areas of mass shootings, serial murder, school and campus violence, workplace violence, intimate partner homicide and capital punishment. He is one of the principals in the ongoing Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database project. @jamesalanfox

Melinda Henneberger is an editorial writer and columnist for The Kansas City Star. In 2019, she was named a Pulitzer finalist for commentary and won the Mike Royko Award for commentary and column writing given by the News Leaders Association. In 2018, she won the Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award for opinion writing. An Illinois native, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Previously, she was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News, New York Newsday and The New York Times, and was a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. @MelindaKCMO

Sally Kohn
Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn is a writer, activist and television commentator, and the author of "The Opposite Of Hate: A Field Guide To Repairing Our Humanity." A former community organizer, Fox News and CNN commentator, Sally's three TED Talks have been viewed over 6 million times, and she is a popular keynote speaker at campuses and corporate events worldwide. Sally is also a sought-after media and public speaking coach and strategist for candidates, nonprofit organizations and forward-looking businesses. @sallykohn

Tom Krattenmaker
Tom Krattenmaker

Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion and values in public life, and the communications director at Yale Divinity School. A former news reporter for the Associated Press and Orange County Register, Krattenmaker has a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Religion in Public Life from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of three award-winning books: "Onward Christian Athletes," "The Evangelicals You Don't Know," and, most recently, "Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower," which was named one of the top two religion books of 2016 by the Religion News Association. His numerous media appearances include National Public Radio, The Nation, Fox News, ESPN, and the documentary "Lord Save Us From Your Followers." @tkrattenmaker

Thomas Ken Lew
Thomas Ken Lew

Thomas Ken Lew, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an attending physician of Hospital Medicine at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. Born in Albany, Oregon, he is a graduate of Stanford University and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition to his work caring for acutely ill, hospitalized patients, he is involved in clinical research investigating treatments for the COVID-19 disease.

His clinical interests include health equity, medical education, and the intersection of medicine and media. He also enjoys playing tennis, singing poorly but loudly and cooking mediocre foods. @ThomasLewMD

Joanne Lipman
Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman is the inaugural Distinguished Journalism Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a CNBC on-air contributor and author of the No. 1 bestseller "That's What She Said: What Men and Women Need to Know About Working Together." Lipman, the former chief content officer of Gannett and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network, oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer prizes. She was the first woman to be deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, supervising coverage that won three Pulitzers. She later was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards. @joannelipman

Windsor Mann
Windsor Mann

Windsor Mann is the creator, compiler and editor of "The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism — The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens." In addition to USA TODAY, Mann is a regular contributor to The Week. His opinion columns have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, Reason, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Examiner and other publications. He has been a researcher and editor for several best-selling authors, including David Frum, Jonah Goldberg and Christopher Hitchens. Mann grew up in western North Carolina and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. @WindsorMann

Barbara McQuade
Barbara McQuade

Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, where she focuses on criminal law, national security and data privacy. She is also a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. McQuade was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2010 to 2017. During the Obama administration, she served as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and co-chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee. McQuade was an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit from 1998 to 2010, focusing on national security matters. @BarbMcQuade

Michael Medved
Michael Medved

Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show heard on stations across the country. An honors graduate of Yale (with departmental honors in American History), he also attended Yale Law School before working for several years as a political speechwriter and consultant. has served as chief film critic of the New York Post and was the longtime co-host of "Sneak Previews," the movie review program on PBS. As an active leader in the Jewish community, he was president of an Orthodox synagogue and co-founder of a Jewish day school. The most recent of his 14 nonfiction books, "God's Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era," became a best-seller at the end of 2019. @MedvedSHOW

Ruben Navarrette
Ruben Navarrette

Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group, columnist for The Daily Beast and Angelus News, contributor to RT America and host of the podcast "Navarrette Nation.” A former contributor to National Public Radio, he has hosted radio shows in Phoenix, Dallas, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. He has also contributed to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of Harvard College and John F. Kennedy School of Government, he is the author of "A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano.” He has worked for The Arizona Republic,The Dallas Morning News and The San Diego Union-Tribune, and judged the Pulitzer Prizes in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. @RubenNavarrette

Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, an adjunct at the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and an instructor at the Harvard Extension School. He has been a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Kennedy School at Harvard. He worked in the Massachusetts Legislature and was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the U.S. to the late Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa. His books include "The Death of Expertise" and, coming in 2020, "Our Own Worst Enemy." He is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion. @RadioFreeTom

Michael O'Hanlon
Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow and director of research in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he also leads the Security and Strategy Team and the Africa Security Initiative. He also teaches at Columbia and Georgetown universities. O’Hanlon previously worked at the Congressional Budget Office for five years. He studied physics in college at Princeton, where he later received his Ph.D. in public and international affairs, after two years in the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was also on the CIA External Advisory Board from 2011-12. O’Hanlon’s recent books include "The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War over Small Stakes" and "The Future of Land Warfare." In 2020, he will publish "Defense 101," a primer and textbook on the military. @MichaelEOHanlon

Cindy L. Otis
Cindy L. Otis

Cindy L. Otis is a cybersecurity expert specializing in disinformation analysis, information warfare and election security. Prior to joining the private sector, she spent a decade as a CIA officer, serving as an intelligence analyst, briefer and manager. Her regional expertise includes Europe and the Middle East. Otis graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in international politics and has a masters degree from Boston University in international relations. She is the author of “True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News,” coming in spring 2020. @CindyOtis_

Ken Paulson
Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson, a journalist and lawyer, is the director of the Free Speech Center and a professor of media at Middle Tennessee State University. A music journalist, he is host of "The Songwriters," seen on PBS affiliates nationwide, and founder of Americana One, a radio, podcast and online platform for Americana music. Paulson was the editor of USA TODAY from 2004 to 2009. He is also a former president of the Newseum and former president and CEO of the First Amendment Center. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. @kenpaulson1

Steven Petrow
Steven Petrow

Steven Petrow is an award-winning columnist, author and podcast host specializing in civility, manners, aging and health. His 2019 TED Talk (“3 Ways to Practice Civility”) has been viewed more than 1.6 million times and translated into 13 languages. Previously, he wrote The New York Times’ "Civil Behavior" advice column. His journalism has been published in The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, the Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Times and The Advocate. Petrow is a regular guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered Weekend” and many TV outlets. He’s the author/editor of a dozen books, including “Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life,” “The Lost Hamptons” and “The New Gay Wedding: A Practical Primer.” His next book, “Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I’m Old,” is coming in 2021. @stevenpetrow

Kirsten Powers
Kirsten Powers

Kirsten Powers writes on politics, faith and culture. She is a CNN senior political analyst and regularly appears on "Anderson Cooper 360°," "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" and "The Lead with Jake Tapper." Powers previously was a columnist for the Daily Beast, American Prospect Online and the New York Post. The Columbia Journalism Review praised her as “an outspoken liberal journalist” in a sea of opposition at Fox News, where she previously served as a political analyst. Before her career in journalism, Powers was a political appointee in the Clinton administration and worked Democratic politics in New York. @KirstenPowers

Raul A. Reyes
Raul A. Reyes

Raul A. Reyes is an attorney, journalist and television commentator in New York City. He has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Texas Monthly, HuffPost and The Hill. A contributor to CNN Opinion and NBC Latino, he has appeared on the "Today" show, "NBC Nightly News," MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, PBS, BBC and Headline News. A former co-host of MSNBC Shift, Reyes has covered events from the border to the boardroom, from the red carpet to the White House. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. @RaulAReyes

Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches courses ranging from Constitutional Law and Administrative Law to Firearms Law and Internet Law. Reynolds has written for publications ranging from the Columbia Law Review and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, to The Atlantic, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics and URB. A graduate of Yale Law School, he has practiced law in Washington D.C., served as executive chairman of the National Space Society and on the board of the Foresight Institute. His most recent book is "The Social Media Upheaval."

James S. Robbins
James S. Robbins

James S. Robbins is an award-winning author, political commentator and professor with expertise in national security, foreign and military affairs, and American politics. He has taught at the National Defense University and the Marine Corps University and served as a special assistant in the office of the secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration. He is the best-selling author of "Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past," "This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive," "The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero" and "Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point." @James_Robbins

David Rothkopf
David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf is the author of numerous books and articles on foreign policy, national security and politics. Books include "Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump," "Great Questions of Tomorrow," "National Insecurity," "Power, Inc.," "Superclass" and "Running the World." He is host of the Deep State Radio podcast and was formerly CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine. He has taught international affairs at Columbia, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins/SAIS and served as deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy and as acting undersecretary of Commerce for international trade in the Clinton administration. @djrothkopf

Njeri Mathis Rutledge in September 2016.
Njeri Mathis Rutledge in September 2016.

Njeri Mathis Rutledge is an attorney and professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston, specializing in criminal law and procedure, forensic evidence and legal writing. A Tennessee native, Rutledge graduated from Spelman College and Harvard Law School, where she served as the technical editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She has served as an associate municipal court judge for over 10 years. She has testified before the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military and has been published in Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, among others. Her legal scholarship focuses on constitutional law, criminal law, domestic violence, crime victim compensation and race. @NjeriRutledge

Jason Sattler
Jason Sattler

Jason Sattler is a writer, social media strategist, political advocate and podcast co-host in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies, he was a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher for six years. He has written for Cafe and Wired, served as executive editor of The National Memo, and is the author of "Big Lies of 2012." Sattler's "GOTMFV" podcast focuses on expanding voting rights, health care coverage and democracy. He blogs for Michigan's leading online progressive publication Eclectablog and tweets compulsively at @LOLGOP.

Christian Schneider
Christian Schneider

Christian Schneider is the author of the humorous novel “1916: The Blog” and a senior reporter at The College Fix. He is a former staff columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for USA TODAY, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Dispatch and The Bulwark, among others. Schneider worked in the Wisconsin State Legislature for nearly a decade, running numerous high-profile state campaigns.

He has a master’s degree in political science from Marquette University and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. @Schneider_CM

Gabriel Schoenfeld
Gabriel Schoenfeld

Gabriel Schoenfeld is a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center and a contributing editor at The American Interest. He previously was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a senior editor at Commentary, senior fellow and founding editor of Post-Soviet Prospects at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior adviser to the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign. His books include "Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law" and "The Return of Anti-Semitism." He has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and is a U.S. Chess Federation National Master. @gabeschoenfeld

Wendy R. Sherman
Wendy R. Sherman

Wendy R. Sherman is a professor and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. She has served four U.S. secretaries of State. As undersecretary of State for political affairs from 2011-15, she led the U.S. negotiating team on the Iran nuclear deal, for which, among other achievements, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama. Her career spans child welfare, political campaigns, congressional relations and national security. She is the author of “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence,” senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and an MSNBC global affairs contributor. @WendyRSherman

Marc Siegel
Marc Siegel

Marc Siegel, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine, medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Health and a medical correspondent for Fox News, as well as a practicing internist. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Brown University and the State University of New York-Buffalo School of Medicine. Siegel has published several books on influenza, infectious outbreaks and the fear epidemic. He is the author of "The Inner Pulse: Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health," and is completing a novel about a bioengineered virus. He was consulted by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee regarding the anthrax mailings in 2002. @drmarcsiegel

David J. Skorton
David J. Skorton

David J. Skorton, MD, a cardiologist, is president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a not-for-profit institution that represents the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals and health systems, and academic societies. Previously, he was the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, president of Cornell University and president of the University of Iowa. He has published hundreds of original research papers, opinion pieces, blogs, public policy reports and book chapters, and has edited two major texts. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. @DavidJSkorton

Andy Slavitt
Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2015 to 2017 and oversaw the successful turnaround of healthcare.gov for President Barack Obama. He is the board chair and founder of United States of Care, chairman of the Medicaid Transformation Project, and founder and general partner of Town Hall Ventures. All three aim to improve and expand access to health care. Andy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Harvard University. @aslavitt

Erroll G. Southers
Erroll G. Southers

Erroll G. Southers, a former FBI Special Agent, assistant chief of police and gang investigator, is professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, director of its Safe Communities Institute and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies. He was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security, and an adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign on police reform. A noted counterterrorism expert and security analyst for media networks, he lectures and consults around the world. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds master's and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC. @esouthersHVE

Michael J. Stern
Michael J. Stern

Michael J. Stern is a former state and federal prosecutor. During 25 years with the U.S. Department of Justice in Detroit and Los Angeles, he prosecuted some of its most significant cases, including Operation Mountain Express, which still appears on the Special Operations Division website as an example of its most successful prosecutions. His expertise is in wiretap investigations, use of cooperating witnesses and trial litigation. Shortly before leaving the department, in 2014, Stern led the FBI wiretap investigation that indicted the West Coast leader of Israeli organized crime. He represented indigent defendants between 2015 and 2017. @MichaelJStern1

Larry Strauss
Larry Strauss

Larry Strauss is an award-winning high school teacher and a Los Angeles champion basketball coach. He is author of four novels, most recently "Now's the Time" — now an Earphones Award-winning audiobook — and numerous nonfiction titles, including the essay collection "Students First and Other Lies." His short fiction has appeared in Streetlight, Extract(s) and elsewhere. He has also written for The Guardian, Huffington Post and Ambassador, the inflight magazine of the defunct Trans World Airlines. If you grew up in the 1980s, you might have seen some of the episodes he wrote for the first-generation "Transformers" cartoons. @LarryStrauss

Steven Strauss
Steven Strauss

Steven Strauss is a Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, teaching courses on innovation, leadership, strategy and urban economic development. Strauss has worked with governments and corporations in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He was selected for the Silicon Alley 100 for his work on economic development with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration. Strauss was a 2012 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University and has a Ph.D. in Management from Yale University. @Steven_Strauss

Kristin Clark Taylor
Kristin Clark Taylor

Kristin Clark Taylor is an author, editor and journalist. Her writing has appeared in major publications including USA TODAY, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Detroit Free Press and many others. A former White House communications strategist, Taylor served as White House director of media relations under President George H.W. Bush, the first African American woman to ever hold the post. She is also a member of USA TODAY’s original creation and launch team, where she worked on the newspaper’s original opinion page staff. Taylor holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Michigan State University and a Distinguished Alumni award from the school’s College of Arts and Letters. WriterKristinTaylor@gmail.com

Stacy Torres
Stacy Torres

Stacy Torres is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Francisco, where she specializes in gender, health, family, urban communities and the life course. She is writing a book about urban aging for the University of California Press. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CalMatters and USA TODAY. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University, an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a bachelor's in Comparative Literature from Fordham University. She is a proud first-generation college graduate, born and raised in New York City.

Katrina Trinko
Katrina Trinko

Katrina Trinko is editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, the news publication of The Heritage Foundation, and co-host of “The Daily Signal” podcast. Previously, she was a reporter for National Review and held fellowships at USA TODAY’s editorial page and The Claremont Institute. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Post, The Washington Times and Fox News. A California native, Trinko holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. @KatrinaTrinko

Chris Truax
Chris Truax

Chris Truax is an appellate lawyer based in California and a recognized expert in internet privacy issues and constitutional law. He is a legal adviser and frequent spokesman for Republicans for the Rule of Law as well as the founder and CEO of CertifiedVoter.com, the first system designed to deter foreign political interference in American social media. Truax earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He also holds an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Turley
Jonathan Turley

Jonathan Turley holds the Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at George Washington University. He has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades, representing reporters, whistle-blowers, military personnel and a wide range of other clients. This representation extends to all three branches of government, including the House of Representatives, former attorneys general and federal judges. Turley is a frequent witness before the House and Senate. He is a nationally recognized legal commentator and runs an award-winning legal blog. Turley received his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his law degree at Northwestern University. @JonathanTurley

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