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Sunday 12/23/07
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Senator Christopher Dodd is the fifth-term Senior Senator from the state of Connecticut who is currently a candidate for President of the United States.  He has formerly served as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and is currently Chair of the Senate Banking Committee.  In the 1960's, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic and became fluent in Spanish.  Among Senator Dodd's policy positions are a one year troop withdrawal timetable to end the Iraq War, amending the Family Medical Leave Act to include paid leave, a corporate carbon tax to combat global warming and a strong opposition to warrantless surveillance.  Last week, Senator Dodd led the successful effort in the US Senate opposing retroactive amnesty for telecommunication firms which engaged in illegal wiretapping and internet surveillance of American citizens.

David Enders is a 26-year-old freelance journalist and a co-founder of the Baghdad Bulletin, the first post-invasion attempt to set up an English-language news outlet in Iraq. Since the invasion, he has spent half of the last four years in Iraq and has written for Men's Journal, Mother Jones, and The Nation, as well as London's Sunday Times and other newspapers. His- book, "Baghdad Bulletin," was published by the Univesity of Michigan Press.  David Enders has been blogging on his experiences in Iraq at the Pulitzer Center's website, as part of their Iraq Project.

Josh Silver is the Executive Director of Free Press, which he co-founded in 2002 to increase public involvement in U.S. media and telecommunications policy debates. Josh previously managed successful campaign finance ballot initiatives and was a director at the Smithsonian Institution. Josh regularly publishes articles on media and Internet policy issues.  He is a vigorous advocate for Net Neutrality and against further media consolidation, including last week's 3 to 2 FCC vote allowing which allowed for television and newspaper ownership in the same media market. The Free Press website is at

Ian Williams is a veteran journalist and author who is the UN correspondent for The Nation's and The Tribune.  He writes for Salon, AlterNet and MaximsNews, among many others. Ian Williams has written for newspapers and magazines around the world, ranging from the Australian to The Independent, from the New York Observer and the Village Voice to the Financial Times.   He has "pundited" on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and the CBC.  He currently apppears several times a week in Comment is Free on Guardian Unlimited. He is the author of a number of books, including,  The UN for Beginners, The Alms Trade, Deserter: George W. Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past and Rum: a Social and Sociable History.  His blog is "Deadline Pundit."

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Nina Khrushcheva teaches international affairs at The New School in New York, and is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Her new book, to be published January 8th, is Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics.

Dr. Garry Wills is one of America's most distinguished historians and critics.   He is the author of many acclaimed books on religion and history, including Saint Augustine, Papal Sin, Why I am a Catholic, Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment, What Paul Meant and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lincoln at Gettysburg. His previous book was "What Jesus Meant."  He has won many awards in addition to the Pulitzer.  Among them are two National Book Critics Circle Awards and the 1998 National Medal for the Humanities. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.  Professor Wills studied for the priesthood and took his doctorate in the classics.  He is currently Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern University. His new book is "Head and Heart: America's Christianities."

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Originally posted to Louis Vandenberg on Sun Dec 23, 2007 at 09:19 AM PST.

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  •  I'm listening now... (0+ / 0-)

    As I do most Sunday mornings.  

    I rely on Background Briefing and Live From the Left Coast to provide information that I would otherwise have to dig for.

    David Enders helped me better understand the complexities of the so-called surge, and what is behind the temporary lull in violence against U.S. forces in Iraq.

    Louis, thanks for posting here again.  It seems that you're trying various times to see when these diaries might gain the most traction.  Please keep the diaries coming.  Once dkos readers start tuning in to Background Briefing and Live From the Left Coast, I have no doubt that they will be coming back more - week in & week out.


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