THE GENERALS

Lt. Col William Gus Pagonis and Brigadier General Nick Halley

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Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care, and an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour. She served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy. Ms. Dentzer also previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. Read more

David Rivkin

David Rivkin

Attorney David B. Rivkin, Jr. has studied the U.S. Constitution and related historical documents with scholarly rigor, and has authored incisive commentary on the critical constitutional issues of our day. Now in private practice, Rivkin’s lengthy career has been distinguished by service in the White House during two presidential terms, in both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as on foreign and defense policy. Read more

Grant Woods

Grant Woods

Grant Woods served as Arizona’s esteemed Attorney General from 1991 – 1999. He led the ballot among all candidates in the 1990 and 1994 elections. Mr. Woods was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court.

Grant was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court committees for the National Association of Attorneys General. He was selected by his peers as the nation’s top attorney general in 1995. He successfully argued Lewis v. Casey before the United States Supreme Court. Read more

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day.

Rising above media hype and cutting through partisan spin, Mitchell always remains impartial and true to her audiences – on screen and on stage. Her reports provide an experienced global perspective on both domestic and international headlines and are featured on every NBC News outlet, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and other MSNBC programming. She is the author of Talking Back…To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels. With a Washington insider’s perspective, Andrea Mitchell deftly examines global conflicts, foreign policy and international leaders, adding insight into political issues that resonate globally.

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The View from Washington
Andrea Mitchell shares with audiences a wealth of experience and her observations on recent events, politics and life in the power hub known as Washington, D.C. Her insights are more than informative – they are perspective-altering. Depending on the news of the day her remarks can include reports on evolving issues such as the economy; the war in Iraq; the fight against terrorism; nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan, and North Korea; the conflict in the Middle East and the five presidential administrations she has covered.

 

Full Biography

Andrea Mitchell, the veteran NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, is also the host of MSNBC’S Andrea Mitchell Reports, an hour of political news and interviews with top newsmakers that airs each day at 1pm ET on MSNBC. Mitchell covered the entire 2008 presidential campaign, from the kickoff in February 2007, broadcasting live from every major primary and caucus state and all the candidate debates for NBC News and MSNBC programs, including Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Hardball, Morning Joe and Meet the Press. She also covered Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq, the Middle East and Europe during the presidential campaign. Mitchell currently covers foreign policy, intelligence and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News properties.

As a featured political correspondent in 2004, Mitchell was a regular panelist on MSNBC’s Hardball and was the first reporter to break the story that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry had chosen Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate. In September 2005, Mitchell authored Talking Back, a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, congress and foreign policy. That year, Mitchell also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2004, the Radio-Television News Directors

Association (RTNDA) honored Mitchell with the Leonard Zeidenberg Award for her contributio n to the protection of

First Amendment Freedoms.

Mitchell’s extensive and varied reports include a series of exclusive interviews over the years with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Her unprecedented access resulted in a one-hour documentary on Cuba in December 2003. Throughout 2002 and 2003, Mitchell covered the United Nations debate leading up to the Iraq war and provided detailed reports on the questions surrounding pre-war intelligence and weapons of mass destruction. As a longtime analyst of the intelligence community, Mitchell’s past assignments for NBC have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti.

During the 2000 campaign, Mitchell hosted MSNBC’s The Mitchell Report, NBC News’ election year broadcast of record. In addition, she was the lead NBC News correspondent covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s race for the Senate in 2000.

Among her many past assignments, Mitchell was NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, a position s he assumed after covering Bill Clinton from the New Hampshire primary through the entire 1992 presidential campaign.

From 1988-1992, Mitchell served as Chief Congressional Correspondent. During that time, she played a major role in reporting on the budget, the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other legislative issues. She also served as a regular political analyst on Today and was a panelist in the second Bush-Dukakis presidential debate. Mitchell first covered the White House for NBC News during both of Ronald Reagan’s terms as President. She reported on a variety of noteworthy stories, including arms control, the budget, tax reform and the Iran -contra scandal, and traveled extensively with President Reagan to summits with Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders.

Over the years, Mitchell has appeared on Meet the Press as a panelist and substitute host. An acclaimed political reporter, during the 1988 Republican National Convention, she beat both the competition and presidential candidate George Bush with the announcement that Bush had chosen Dan Quayle to be his running mate. She was also a panelist in the final Bush-Dukakis presidential debate.

Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named NBC’s Energy correspondent. In that capacity, she reported on the energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident. Before joining NBC, she was a correspondent for WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1967-1976, she was a broadcast journalist for KYW Radio and KYW -TV in Philadelphia.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she currently serves as a Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Annenberg School Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and is a member of the Gridiron Club. Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

One of the most influential political observers in the country, Charles Krauthammer challenges
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Zbigniew Brzezinski

One of the world’s foremost experts on international relations, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski offers perspectives on world affairs and the complex issues facing the Obama administration. With a mind that recognizes the complexities and interrelations of seemingly unrelated events, Dr. Brzezinski offers audiences an in-depth analysis of the events of the day, discussing U.S. foreign policy, global trouble spots, and the political and business implications of the evolving global marketplace. Audiences learn the nuances of a constantly shifting strategy and foreign policy from someone who’s helped shape both. Read more

Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz

More media outlets have turned to Dr. Frank Luntz for focus groups & consulting than to any other political pollster,

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Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum has advised nearly every major Democratic candidate from Edmund Muskie and Ted Kennedy to Al Gore and John Kerry, because he understands how political campaigns are fought and won.

 

A complete list of Shrum’s clients would be a “Who’s Who” of American politics. As chairman of Shrum, Devine & Donilon, a political media consulting firm, he has created and produced advertising that resulted in winning campaigns for over 20 U.S. Senators, six Governors, mayors of many major cities and several Congressmen. Read more

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan

Never one to pull any punches, Pat Buchanan articulates the conservative cause, analyzing today’s issues with deftness and passion. Perhaps one of the country’s most outspoken leading conservatives, Pat Buchanan is a political analyst and regular contributor to MSNBC. A three-time presidential candidate, Buchanan also served as co-host of CNN’s Crossfire for almost 20 years and is now a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. A former White House speechwriter, he analyzes the day’s top political and cultural headlines including the current Congress, the Obama Administration and the 2012 elections. Read more