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John McLaughlin


John McLaughlin is the creator, executive producer and host of two of America's most talked about weekly public affairs programs: The McLaughlin Group, which premiered in 1982, and John McLaughlin's One On One, first telecast in 1984.

Dr. McLaughlin's incisive journalistic interviewing and moderating style, coupled with his wry sense of humor, have earned him numerous awards for The McLaughlin Group, and a reputation as an oft-quoted newsmaker for his acclaimed John McLaughlin's One On One. Both highly rated, the programs air nationally on select CBS-owned stations and on public television stations coast-to-coast. The McLaughlin Group also airs internationally on U.S. Armed Forces Television, and on the WORLDNET satellite service operated around the world by the U.S. government.

From 1989 through early 1994, Dr. McLaughlin also produced and hosted McLaughlin, a lively, probing one-hour nightly talk show on CNBC Cable. During its five year run, the program earned three prestigious Cable ACE Award nominations.

From 1981 to 1989, Dr. McLaughlin was Washington editor and columnist for the National Review. His monthly column, "From Washington Straight," provided readers with the inside story on politics and world affairs from the nation's capital.

Before his broadcasting career, Dr. McLaughlin served as a speechwriter and special assistant to Presidents Nixon and Ford, and was associate editor of America, a weekly opinion journal. He also taught and lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad.

As an international journalist, Dr. McLaughlin has visited Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Pacific Rim countries, giving him a unique perspective on world affairs. In addition to regularly interviewing the major political and governmental figures in the U.S., he has conducted interviews on location with world leaders such as Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan; Miguel de la Madrid and Carlos Salinas de Gortari, both Presidents of Mexico; Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland; Valery Giscard D'Estaing, former President of France; and Oscar Arias Sanchez, President of Costa Rica. He met with King Hussein of Jordan and reported from deep within Kurdish territory when he interviewed Prime Minister Tansu Ciller of Turkey.

As a preeminent news personality, Dr. McLaughlin is frequently called upon to make guest appearances on a variety of local and nationally aired radio and television programs as well as major motion picture films, among them, "Dave" "Mission Impossible" and "Independence Day."

John McLaughlin holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and two Master's degrees from Boston College.

Eleanor Clift


Eleanor Clift is a Washington correspondent for the Daily Beast, an online news site. She reports on the White House, Congress and the diverse personalities who make up the capital’s power structure.

Formerly a contributing editor for Newsweek, Clift was a key member of the magazine's political team. She followed the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start, and in June 1992 was named deputy Washington bureau chief. She played a key role in Newsweek's Special Election Project, assembling a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 2000 presidential campaign and First Lady Hillary Clinton's historic run for the U.S. Senate, and in 2008, Barack Obama’s historic victory, documented in the Newsweek book, “A Long Time Coming.”

Newsweek merged with the Daily Beast in 2010, and in 2012, Newsweek ended its print edition. In 2013, Newsweek was sold to IBT Media based in New York, and Clift ended her long association with the magazine and embraced the digital future with the Daily Beast. For those wondering about the site’s name, the Daily Beast comes from the satirical novel, “Scoop,” by Evelyn Waugh, about the tabloid wars in Britain.

Clift began her career as a secretary for Newsweek in New York, rising through the ranks to become the magazine’s White House Correspondent during the Carter and Reagan administrations. After President Reagan’s landslide reelection, she left Newsweek to cover the White House for the Los Angeles Times. A year later she returned to Newsweek and a new assignment as the magazine's congressional and political correspondent, a position which she held for six years. After Clinton's election in 1992, Clift returned to the White House beat for the first two years of the Clinton administration. She then became a contributing editor with a wide portfolio, focusing on political news and trends.

Clift has appeared on many national television shows, including ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today show, and CNN’s Crossfire. She currently does commentary on MSNBC and is a longtime panelist on The McLaughlin Group. Playing herself - as a member of The McLaughlin Group - Clift has appeared in several films, including Independence Day, Rising Sun, Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Dave, as well as the CBS series, Murphy Brown.

Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, co-wrote the book, War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics (Scribner, June 1996), also available in paperback (Touchstone Books, November 1997). They also co-authored Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (Scribner, July 2000), which forecasts the prospects for a woman on the national ticket. Clift wrote Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (October 2003), the story of the suffrage movement, and Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics (2008), about the death of her husband in hospice and the controversy over end of life issues in America.

Clift lives in Washington, D.C., and is the mother of three adult sons. She is on the board of governors of the National Hospice Foundation, the advisory council of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the board of governors of the American News Women’s Club, and the board of the National Center for Politics and Journalism.

Mortimer Zuckerman


Mortimer B. Zuckerman is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report and is the publisher of the New York Daily News. He is also the founder and Chairman of Boston Properties, Inc.

Mr. Zuckerman is a graduate of McGill University, McGill Law School, The Wharton Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Law School.

He is a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York University, the Aspen Institute, the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc. and the Center for Communications. He is also a member of the J.P. Morgan National Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is a former Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a former lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Yale, and a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Mr. Zuckerman was awarded the Commandeur De L�Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France, received three honorary degrees, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architecture in New York.

Pat Buchanan


Pat Buchanan is the former co-host of Buchanan & Press, a daily news and political talk show on MSNBC. He is also an author and commentator, and has been a regular member of The McLaughlin Group for much of the program's history. He has also been a candidate for President of the United States three times, in 1992, 1996, and 2000.

Buchanan is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He began his career writing editorials for the St. Louis Globe-Dispatch in 1962 and wrote a column in wide syndication beginning in 1975.

He was an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and was director of White House Communications for two years for President Ronald Reagan. Other major broadcast assignments include serving as moderator of The Capitol Gang and host of Crossfire and a radio program, Buchanan & Co.

Buchanan founded and serves as chair of The American Cause and has published a number of books on American politics and government.

David Rennie


David Rennie joined The Economist in 2007 as European Union correspondent and Charlemagne columnist, based in Brussels. From July 2010 to July 2012 he was British political editor and author of the Bagehot column, based in London. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Washington, DC to become Lexington columnist. Previously he was on the foreign staff of the Daily Telegraph, with postings in Sydney (1998), Beijing (1998 to 2002), Washington, DC (2002-05) and Brussels (2005-07). From 2006 until he joined The Economist, he was also a contributing editor of the Spectator magazine. He worked for the Daily Telegraph in London (1996-98), and the Evening Standard (1992-96). He has given classes and public lectures on EU affairs at the universities of Harvard and Boston in America, Bristol University in Britain and at the business schools ESCP (Paris) and IE (Madrid). He won the 2010 UACES/Thomson Reuters "Reporting Europe" award. He is a frequent guest on radio and television news programs.

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