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Trent Lott - Rebecca Costa

December 12th, 2014

Chester Trent Lott Sr. is a former United States Senator from Mississippi who served in numerous leadership positions in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. After getting his start in politics as an administrative assistant, Lott ran successfully for the U.S. Senate in 1988. He then became Senate Majority Whip in 1995 and Senate Majority Leader in 1996. Currently, Lott is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and serves as co-chair of BPC's energy project.

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Dan Rather - Rebecca Costa

December 4th, 2014

Daniel Irvin Rather is an American journalist and former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is also noted for his contributions to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather has reported on several prominent events in United States history including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Watergate. After 24 years with the CBS Evening News Rather left in 2005. Currently, Rather is managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV and has also authored a memoir, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News.

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Trita Parsi - Rebecca Costa

November 28th, 2014

Trita Parsi is the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, professor, and a successful award-winning author. His book Treacherous Alliance won the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order in 2010 as well as the Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008. Earlier in his career he had worked for the United Nations and taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Ivo Daalder - Rebecca Costa

November 20th, 2014

Ivo H. Daalder is currently the President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to this, he was appointed United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by President Barack Obama in May 2009. Daalder also served time as a Director for European Affairs on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995 to 1997. In this position he was responsible for coordinating United States policy toward Bosnia. Daalder was as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and is the author of twelve books.

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Alan Dershowitz - Rebecca Costa

November 13th, 2014

Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, accomplished author, and political commentator. He graduated from Yale Law School and went on to serve as clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg. Dershowitz later joined the faculty of Harvard Law School and was made a full professor in 1967 at the age of 28, which made him the youngest full professor of law in the school’s history at the time. Much of his legal career is focused on criminal law that often involved high profile figures and he consistently takes on cases that provide a challenge.

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Robert “Bud” McFarlane - Rebecca Costa

November 6th, 2014

Robert Carl “Bud” McFarlane was the National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1983 to 1985. McFarlane made the decision to resign in December of 1985 and roughly a year later in 1986, the Iran-Contra affair was exposed. McFarlane pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of withholding information from congress and was found guilty but was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Following the Iran-Contra affair, McFarlane went on to co-found McFarlane Associates Inc. and currently serves on several boards including the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

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Christine Todd Whitman - Rebecca Costa

October 30th, 2014

Christine Todd Whitman is an American politician and author who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001 and was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Bush administration from 2001 to 2003. Whitman is first, and up to this point, the only female governor for the state of New Jersey. Since leaving the EPA, she has served as President of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. She is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council, which she founded with Senator John Danforth.

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Carol Moseley Braun - Rebecca Costa

October 23rd, 2014

Carol Moseley Braun is an American politician who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first African-American woman to win an election to the U.S. Senate after defeating opponent Richard Williamson. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Moseley Braun U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. In 2003, she campaigned for Democratic presidential nomination but was unsuccessful. Following her career in public office, Moseley Braun decided to follow her passion in agriculture to start Good Food Organics, a Certified USDA Organic and Biodynamic products company, in 2005.

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Edward O. Wilson - Rebecca Costa

October 16th, 2014

Edward Osborne “E.O.” Wilson is a notable American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author. Wilson is most known for is his advancements in myrmecology, the study of ants, and he is considered to be the world’s leading authority on the subject. Some of his other career achievements include being a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Pulitzer recipient, and is considered in the scientific world to be “the father of sociobiology” and “the father of biodiversity.” Wilson is currently the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University.

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Dan Fishbein - Rebecca Costa

October 9th, 2014

Dan Fishbein has been the President of Sun Life Financial U.S. since April of this year. As president, he oversees the company’s U.S. insurance operations and is the authority that the Sun Life International (Bermuda) Operations report to. Fishbein started out by receiving a Bachelor’s and Doctor of Medicine from Boston University and completed the Executive Education Finance Program at Wharton Executive Education. He is also a member of Massachusetts and Maine Medical Societies and an active Board Member of Spurwink Services.

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