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Lesley Stahl - Rebecca Costa

June 25th, 2015

Lesley Rene Stahl is an American television journalist. Stahl got her start in television as a young reporter covering the Watergate scandal, and later covered the Reagan and Bush administrations for the CBS Evening News. In 1991, she was named co-editor of the television news program 60 Minutes. She's also worked as an anchor for the CBS program 48 Hours Investigates. Lesley Stahl is a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, as well as one of the founding members of, a website for women to talk about culture, politics, and gossip. Her accolades include the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television and the coveted Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism Award.

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John H. Sununu - Rebecca Costa

June 18th, 2015

John Henry Sununu served as the 75th Governer of New Hampshire from 1983 - 1989. In 1989, Governor Sununu was commissioned Cheif of Staff to President George H. W. Bush, serving in the White House until March 1992. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineer's Committee on Public Engineering Policy, and has served as a member of the President's Council on Environmental Quality Advisory Committee. Sununu chaired the National Governors Association, The Coalition of Northeastern Governors, and The Republican Governors Association. From 1992 until 1998, he co-hosted CNN's nighlty Crossfire programs, a news/public affairs discussion program.

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Ted Nugent - Rebecca Costa

June 11th, 2015

Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. A talented musician since age 6, Nugent fronted the band Amboy Dukes in the 1970s, and has produced solo work since 1977, including the successful album Cat Scratch Fever. Throughout his career, Nugent has served on the boards of more than two dozen political and charitable associations, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) law enforcement program. Nugent is also the creator and host of the award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television show — seen exclusively on Outdoor Channel — where he proudly serves as Ambassador for the network.

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Henry Cisneros - Rebecca Costa

June 4th, 2015

Henry Gabriel Cisneros is an American politician and businessman. Cisneros worked as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. As HUD Secretary, Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever rate of home ownership. He also served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989. Cisneros is the Founder and Chairman of CityView companies, has authored several books, most recently releasing Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity. 

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Larry Flynt - Rebecca Costa

May 28th, 2015

Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. is an American publisher, world-renowned defender of First Amendment rights, and Chairman of the Hustler brand of properties. Flynt is the president of Larry Flynt Publications, which consists of over 30 magazines, including Chic, and Barely Legal. Most recently, he released Rage Magazine, which is geared toward Generation X-ers. Throughout his career, Flynt has been involved in numerous legal battles regarding the regulation of free speech in the United States. Flynt has authored four books, and was the feature of 1996 critically-acclaimed film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” with actor Woody Harrelson in the title role.

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Juraj Vaculík - Rebecca Costa

May 21st, 2015

Juraj Vaculík is the co-founder and CEO of Aeromobil, a tech company planning to release the first flying car by 2017. In 1996 Vaculik founded ‘MADE BY VACULIK’ - one of the leading independent advertising agencies in the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region, extending its reach to over 30 countries. Under his leadership Vaculik has won more than 200 advertising awards for creativity and campaign efficiency including EPICA, N.Y. Festival, Cresta, Eurobest, LIAA, Golden Drum and EFFIE, among others.

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Mignon Clyburn - Rebecca Costa

May 14th, 2015

Mignon L. Clyburn served as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in the interim period between the departure of Julius Gena-chowski and the confirmation of Tom Wheeler. Prior to her nomination to the FCC, she served for 11 years as the representative of South Carolina's 6th congressional district on the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC). Preeding her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Clyburn was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project, in 2009.

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Mike Rogers - Rebecca Costa

May 7th, 2015

Michael "Mike" Rogers is a CNN National Security Commentator. Rogers served as an officer in the U.S. Army, a special agent in the FBI, and a Michigan state Senator before his election to Congress in 2000. Rogers then served as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district, from 2001-2015. A member of the Republican Party, Rogers also was Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Now offering a short, daily commentary for radio syndication company Westwood One, Rogers appears regularly in the media as an expert on national security and intelligence matters. A Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute, Rogers also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

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Thomas Coburn - Rebecca Costa

April 30th, 2015

Thomas Allen "Tom" Coburn is an American politician and medical doctor.  Coburn was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, and served through 2001. During his three terms in the House, Coburn played an influential role in reforming welfare and other federal entitlement programs. In 2004, he returned to political office with a successful run for the U.S. Senate. Coburn was re-elected to a second term in 2010. Coburn is one of three medical doctors currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Coburn is a fiscal and social conservative, and described as the "godfather of the modern conservative, austerity movement". In 2013, Coburn received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

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Lanny Davis - The Costa Report

April 23rd, 2015

Lanny J. Davis is an American lawyer, consultant, lobbyist, author and television commentator. From 1996 – 1998, Davis served as advisor and special counsel to former President Bill Clinton, and served on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board under President Bush. Davis is currently a Fox News contributor and has a column entitled, Purple Nation, that appears regularly in The Hill, The Huffington Post,, The Daily Caller, and Newsmax.

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