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NATIONAL ISSUES A View from the Frontlines: Washington Insiders & Media Pundits


merican Program Bureau is proud to represent a wide array of voices on politics. Hailing from all walks of life, our impressive roster of keynote speakers includes national political players, Washington insiders, media pundits, analysts, and more – from Ralph Nader and Juan Williams to Jon Stewart and Laura Ingraham. Our keynote speakers include some of the nation’s foremost political authorities who can speak to the issues and concerns that interest you most – whether you are looking for a speech that empowers, entertains, inspires, or informs.

“It takes a leader to think through the consequences and outline a better path.” - Juan Williams

Our political speakers work to: • Help audiences understand the changing political landscape and how it relates to their everyday lives • Bring important issues to the forefront and ignite thoughtful discussion through passionate lectures • Enlighten audiences about the critical issues that are facing the nation • Motivate, inspire, and empower others to engage in the political process

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NATIONAL ISSUES Gloria Borger As a senior political analyst for CNN and contributing editor to US News & World Report, Borger regularly provides front-row analysis during election season. A journalistanalyst, the former Newsweek correspondent’s credibility lies in being able to tell both sides of any story through strong, informed analysis of fact.

Donna Brazile A regular commentator on CNN and Democratic political consultant, Brazile was the first African American to run a major presidential campaign when she managed Gore for President in the 2000 election. One of the most respected political strategists today, she provides insight into public affairs, the power of grassroots advocacy, and the upcoming election landscape.

Jesse Jackson As a renowned civil rights and human rights activist, former US senator, and two-time presidential candidate, Reverend Jackson has been a powerful force in American presidential politics for almost 40 years. A moving and unforgettable orator, he galvanizes and mobilizes audiences while bringing people together regardless of race, class, gender, or belief.

Joseph P. Kennedy, II Founder, Chairman, and President of Citizens Energy Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing lowcost heating oil to the poor and elderly, Kennedy previously served 12 years in the US House of Representatives. Known for his innovative approaches to social needs, he currently advises and serves on the boards of companies in the energy, telecommunications, and healthcare industries.

John C. King As CNN chief national correspondent, King was known for bringing new life to 2008 election coverage by using his innovative “magic wall” to present the details in a new and accessible way. Now the anchor of John King, USA, he continues to connect the biggest stories in Washington to people and places all over the country, captivating audiences with his candid, interactive reporting style.

Roland Martin Named by Ebony magazine in 2008 and 2009 as one of the “150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States,” Martin is an awardwinning journalist for CNN. He played an important role during the 2008 election, after which he penned his third book, The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.

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NATIONAL ISSUES Ralph Nader A citizen activist and threetime Green Party candidate for President, Nader decries the increasing influence of corporate money, increasing media power, and the decrease in actual news and analysis. Having predicted the Wall Street meltdown eight years before it happened, he presents a ten-point recovery plan that includes structural changes to the housing and financial markets.

Janine Turner An Emmy-nominated actress, Turner is a conservative political activist who has appeared on Fox News and is the founder of Constituting America, an initiative to inform citizens about the importance of the US Constitution. With charm and intelligence, Turner speaks to the vitality of upholding the Constitution and understanding your rights.

Juan Williams

Dan Rather For decades Rather served as the face of CBS News as anchorman and reporter, and continues to call them as he sees them as host of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. An election analyst who offers breadth of experience, love of politics, and folksy wit, his observations are informed, passionate, and entertaining.

Claire Shipman A tenacious reporter, Good Morning America contributor Shipman worked her way through the ranks of ABC News to go from unpaid intern to visible anchor, all within the span of a dozen years. Her experience covering the White House, presidential elections, and the political landscape at large has earned her a reputation for excellence.

An author, Washington Post correspondent, NPR commentator, and Fox News Sunday panelist, Williams is a highly informed political pundit who puts the issues of the day into perspective, connecting the rhetoric of political candidates to the lives of everyday people. He generates informed, intelligent discussion while acting as a credible and experienced media voice.

John Zogby President and CEO of Zogby International, Zogby is America’s hottest pollster. His amazingly accurate and insightful analyses on everything from politics to social and business trends has made him one of today’s most in-demand speakers and consultants. His latest book is The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream and the American Character.

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NATIONAL ISSUES Carl Bernstein Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and political analyst Bernstein helped bring down a presidency during the Watergate scandal. With an eye on current affairs and issues that dominate our nation’s agenda, he reflects on the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, and spiritual.

Mary Frances Berry A law professor, civil rights and liberties activist, and author of And Justice for All, Berry pulls no punches as a fiery commentator on the state of our social and political systems. With credibility and intelligence, she fully analyzes the candidates, the issues, and the process itself.

Michael Beschloss Deemed “the nation’s leading presidential historian” by Newsweek, Beschloss is the author of eight books, including The New York Times Bestseller Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989. In it, he connects the leaders and issues of the past to the current political landscape.

Bay Buchanan Buchanan is a former US Tr e a s u r e r, political commentator for CNN, veteran of six presidential campaigns, and was recognized by George magazine as one of the “Top 20 Political Women in the Nation.” She gets inside politics and the election process with her wellinformed, fair perspective and conservative voice.

Patrick Buchanan A former presidential speechwriter and independent candidate for President, Buchanan is a syndicated columnist, media pundit, and author of several bestsellers. Described as a “Republican populist,” he is one of the nation’s foremost conservatives, always sharing his perspective with a passionate and independent voice.

Patti Solis Doyle As campaign manager for Hillary for President in 2008, Solis Doyle has the distinction of being the first Hispanic woman to lead a presidential effort in the US. She speaks to the power of being both a woman and a minority in the political arena.

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NATIONAL ISSUES Richard Dreyfuss A celebrated actor and passionate activist, Dreyfuss fiercely believes that civics needs to be made exciting and relevant again. He encourages the public to engage in the basic principles of democracy, become informed on the issues, and be willing to debate current affairs.

Mickey Edwards A former member of Congress for 16 years and Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, Edwards advises organizations on political leadership and policy. In his provocative book, Reclaiming Conservatism, he critiques the Republican Party, asserting that it has abandoned “the principles [it] once stood for.”

Morton Kondracke A co-host of Fox’s The Beltway Boys and a contributor to Special Report with Brit Hume, Kondracke has built a nearly 40-year career in journalism. Among his highlights are almost two decades on the famed McLaughlin Group and senior positions at Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.

Mara Liasson Since 1992, Washington-based NPR correspondent and Fox News contributor Liasson has provided key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional elections. Since then, she’s covered five presidential elections and speaks on the changing face of American politics.

Rich Lowry

Laura Ingraham Host of her own nationally syndicated radio talk show and former Reagan Administration speechwriter, Ingraham is the author of Power to the People, a #1 New York Times Bestseller. With wit and intelligence, she zeros in on the issues with a strong conservative voice.

As a political analyst for Fox News and editor of National Review, Lowry is considered the gatekeeper of the mainstream American conservative movement. Intellectual yet down to earth, conservative and fair-minded, he examines the entire scope of the election process with an engaging perspective.

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NATIONAL ISSUES Frank Luntz Political consultant Luntz was the first public opinion professional to predict the GOP’s demise in the 2006 congressional election. He is the best-selling author of Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear, and What Americans Really Want… Really.

Robin Meade One of America’s most popular and versatile journalists, Meade is the author of Morning Sunshine! How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too. She has anchored coverage on President Obama’s Inauguration, Michael Jackson’s memorial, and everything in between, always with a fresh, informed, and charming voice.

Kweisi Mfume Former President and CEO of the NAACP, five-term Congressman, and Chairman of the Black Congressional Caucus, Mfume is an influential force in American politics. He offers knowledge of the inner workings of electoral politics along with a commitment to shaping a more humane public policy.

Ruben Navarrette Navarrette, a secondgeneration Mexican American, is one of only a dozen Latino syndicated columnists in the US, and one of the youngest in the country. The Harvard graduate often addresses such thorny issues as ethnicity and national origin in his twiceweekly column.

Christine Pelosi Attorney, author, and activist Pelosi chairs the California Democratic Party Platform Committee and serves on the DNC, where she co-founded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council. With years of experience in grassroots activism and service, Pelosi brings a fresh perspective to the political realm.

Kevin Powell An author, political activist, and essayist, Powell combines the street savvy of the hip-hop generation with intellectual acumen and political know-how to offer a fresh, on-point, realistic perspective on the issues.

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend As the first female Lt. Governor of Maryland, Kennedy Townsend has carried on her family’s legacy in serving the people. In Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way, she explores how faith determines social progress and political policy.

Heralded by The New Republic as “the man who reinvented campaigning,” Trippi is widely recognized as one of America’s most influential political strategists. He brings a fresh perspective to the political scene, having won Wired magazine’s Rave Award for technological innovation in politics in 2004. Visit our website for streaming video and audio clips, full speaker biographies, topic descriptions, and more! Contact us today to begin planning your next event:


POLITICAL Steve Bridges Hilarious American political impressionist Bridges does it again, this time offering a recently debuted, spoton impression of President Obama. Coupling state-ofthe-art prosthetic makeup with sparkling, rapid-fire impressions, Bridges finds — and demonstrates — the humor in the political process.

Larry Miller Miller is a comedic actor and contributing humorist for The Weekly Standard, where he displays his true colors as a political everyman. He says the things everyone wants to say about politics and American life in his book, Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Contemporary Life

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POLITICAL Capitol Steps There is no group of political satirists who deliver a performance as witty, energetic, and truthful as Capitol Steps. A hysterically funny and rambunctious group of former DC staffers, they perform laugh-out-loud musical comedy and song parodies that are guaranteed to provide relief from today’s political overload.

Kinky Friedman Outrageous, irreverent, and thought-provoking, Friedman is a larger-than-life humorist and political satirist who takes on culture, political posturing, and the state of our nation with his own firebrand wit and wisdom. A former independent candidate for Texas Governor, he offers a unique viewpoint on American politics.

Jon Stewart Creative, versatile, and downright funny, Stewart is a pioneer in the realm of television political satire, and his Daily Show with Jon Stewart is often at the center of the media dialog. Never afraid to speak his mind, Stewart blends his trademark wit with spot-on analysis of current events.

Larry Wilmore As the “Senior Black Correspondent” for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Wilmore opens the door to an honest conversation about race and diversity in America. Lacing his versatile and entertaining message with wit and a dash of levity, he presents an interactive multi-media discussion.

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Voices on National Issues  

American Program Bureau offers an extensive roster of voices on national issues. From national political players to Washington insiders to a...

Voices on National Issues  

American Program Bureau offers an extensive roster of voices on national issues. From national political players to Washington insiders to a...