Contributors

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Paul Alexander is the author of numerous magazine articles and opinion pieces, eight books, and three plays. He often writes about American culture and politics.

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Amos is a first year student at Arizona State University.

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International Human Rights Attorney Robert Amsterdam, represents the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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David Cortright is chair of the Board of Directors of the Fourth Freedom Forum and professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books on issues of peace, conflict prevention, and disarmament.

Anna Romandash is the Fourth Freedom Forum’s first Howard S. Brembeck Fellow and an award-winning journalist from Ukraine.

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Both with the Children’s Health Fund, Chanya Holness is a Policy and Advocacy Fellow and Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, is the President and CEO.

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Frank Baker is the author of “We Survived The Holocaust-The Bluma and Felix Goldberg Story” (September 1, 2022, Imagine and Wonder). His long time work in media literacy education was recognized by UNESCO in 2019. He resides in Columbia SC

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Roberto Barragan is the Executive Director of the California Community Economic Development Association, committed to community revitalization in diverse urban and rural neighborhoods across California.

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William John Titus Bishop is a performing artist who is based in the U.K.

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Jamial Black is a bilingual, family engagement specialist, advocate and organizer dedicated to helping underserved families receive educational equity and justice. He is a former AAE fellow, member of Profound Gentlemen and founder of the Wake Forest Housing Justice Coalition.

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Andrea Bottner, J.D. is a former official with the U. S. Department of Justice.

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Ike Brannon is a former senior economist for the United States Treasury and U.S. Congress. Ike is a native of Peoria, Illinois. Currently, Ike is the President of Capital Policy Analytics, a consulting firm that does research on issues related to public policy and financial markets. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Jack Kemp Foundation and helps run the Savings and Retirement Foundation.

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James Brannon (1929–2020) was a lawyer in Peoria, Illinois. He wrote this shortly before his passing.

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Bonnie Burkhardt is a software engineer, expert witness, and author of “Manufacturing Criminals, 2nd Edition – Wiretapping and Planting Evidence”. She has lobbied Congress on fourth amendment issues and supported legal counsel through special exhibits, and her work has been utilized in key court proceedings. She is an expert on data privacy and a leading national advocate on fourth amendment constitutional issues.

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Griffin Cherniss is an intern with the International Rescue Committee.

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Julien Deconinck has 17 years experience in Corporate Finance and advised on M&A transactions representing an aggregate value of more than EUR 40 billion.

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Ketan Desai, MD, PhD, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of International Medical Consultants, the founder and Chief Medical Officer of LeVolta Pharma (biotechnology), and the Founder and Chairperson of Omega Skin Solutions (cosmetics and dermatology).

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Eric Dezenhall is the chairman of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., a crisis management firm, and author of eleven books including False Light.

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Greg Domingue, MBA, is a licensed professional engineer, a former Siemens executive and currently in sales with a Louisiana based Siemens distributor.

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Jared Dubnow is a Senior Vice President at the Hawthorn Group

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Engel served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989-2021, and when he left the House, was the 16th longest serving member of the entire Congress (tied with two Members). During his time on Capitol Hill, Congressman Engel was known for his leadership on foreign policy, which culminated in his servings as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress.

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Informed on military history and contemporary political issues, Jim Eschrich offers a common man’s take on the issues of the day.

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Lewis Fein is a writer and media adviser. He resides in Southern California.

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Duggan Flanakin is the Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).

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George Goodno, founder of Goodno Strategies, partners with innovative companies and non-profits to tell the stories behind the science that is transforming people’s lives. With 20 years in health and biopharma, George Goodno understands the complexities of these industries and has deep experience shaping the messages that define public understanding of the value delivered through medical innovation. Throughout his career at the crossroads of communications and issue management, he has fostered strong relationships across a broad array of media, industry and advocacy leaders. Along with a network of high-level communications professionals, he delivers impactful results for clients across the spectrum of healthcare.
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Michael Gorman is the Niehaus Endowed Chair in Operations and Analytics at the University of Dayton.

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Michael Gorman is a professor at the University of Dayton.

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Stefan Hankin is founder and president of Lincoln Park Strategies, a research and polling firm in Washington. Follow him on Twitter @LPStrategies.

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Jerry Hingle is President of the consultancy International Trade Associates, providing strategic direction to industry associations wishing to expand internationally, for over twenty years. He serves on both federal and state trade advisory committees and has presented at numerous conferences around the world on industry trends.

These are solely his opinions and not that of any federal or state agency.

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Ed Hirs is an energy economics lecturer at the University of Houston.

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Robert Hornak is a Republican campaign strategist. He previously served on the staff of the New York State Assembly Republican Leader and was the longtime president of the NYC Young Republican Club.

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Christian Josi is a veteran political advisor and recording artist.

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Ronda Kennedy, a Republican, is a candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada.

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James​ B. Kobak Jr. is Senior Ethics Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. He is a former president of the New York County Lawyers Association and later chair of its Justice Center and currently board chair of the National Center for Access to Justice. He has also been a member of the adjunct faculties of Fordham and the University of Virginia Law Schools and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama Law School.

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Morgen Koonce is a dynamic aspiring speaker, foster care advocate, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Marketing from San Diego State University. Morgen’s entrepreneurial journey took off when she secured 3rd place in a local Shark Tank contest, earning funds to launch her first venture, Rare and Radiant, specializing in mobile spray tans. Notably, she emerged as a finalist in the Swimsuit USA International Worlds, earning a coveted spot in the calendar as one of the featured models. As a former foster youth and first-generation college graduate, Morgen’s story is one of resilience in the face of adversity, driven by her experiences as the daughter of an immigrant.

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Joseph Lai is a principal at BGR Group. He served as White House special assistant for legislative affairs and advised three U.S. senators.

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Leif Larson is a noted strategist with twenty years of experience in PR, public affairs and politics. With his expertise in media and digital communications Larson has contributed to the success of prominent political, corporate and advocacy groups across the country throughout his career.

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Richard Levick, Esq., @richardlevick, is Chairman and CEO of LEVICK, which represents countries and companies in the highest profile crisis and public affairs matters. He is a frequent television, radio, online and print commentator.

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Jeffrey K. Levine is a practicing trial lawyer in New York where he lives with his wife and children. He is originally from Rockaway Beach, NY and has a second residence on Sanibel Island, FL. Both communities were devastated by Hurricanes—Sandy in 2012 and Ian in 2022.

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Stephen Lewarne is a PhD in Economics from Indiana University and an Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is author of “Economic Governance in War- Torn Economies from the Marshall Plan to the War in Iraq”, “Soviet Oil: The Move Offshore, and recently “To Aid Reconstruction, Ukraine Should Officially Adopt the Euro,” Real Clear Markets”. He lived in most of the former Soviet Republics including Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia from 1986- 1999 providing economic advice to their ministries of finance, trade, and central banks.

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Sherry Lund is a probate reform advocate and president of the Celebration Stem Cell Center.

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Monica Martinez is a former Commissioner for the Michigan Public Service Commission and currently serves as an energy consultant.

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Meltz is the Publisher of The Opinion Pages, and the Principal of Meltz Communications, a boutique public affairs and crisis management firm in Washington, DC and New Orleans.

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Adam A. Meyers was a Wisconsin Police Officer for 21 years.

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Derek Minnema is a Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of experience leading complex, high-profile, transportation infrastructure projects. He is the executive director of the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA).

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Frank Mir is the former two time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion. He is a sports commentator, a published issue advocate, public speaker, and brand ambassador. He has fought around the world against the biggest names in the modern fight game and holds multiple records in the UFC including longest UFC career, most heavyweight finishes, fastest submission, and was the youngest champion in 2004. He is the father of undefeated MMA Fighter Isabella (Bella ) Mir.

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Dr. Moti Mizrahi is a philosophy professor, with expertise in the philosophy of science and technology, at the Florida Institute of Technology, where he teaches Bioethics, Engineering Ethics, and Philosophy of Science regularly. His books include The Kuhnian Image of Science: Time for a Decisive Transformation? (2018), The Relativity of Theory: Key Positions and Arguments in the Contemporary Scientific Realism/Antirealism Debate (2020), and For and Against Scientism: Science, Methodology, and the Future of Philosophy (2022).

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Alexander Mutnansky is an American PhD candidate at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focuses on minority politics and political mobilization in the South Caucasus.

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Elise Nam is a junior at Barnard College majoring in economics with a minor in environmental science. She discovered her passion for regenerative agriculture during the pandemic and volunteers at farms.

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Shirin Nariman is a former political prison and a human and women’s rights activist. She has dedicated her life to the people of Iran, amplifying Iranian voices that are calling for freedom and demanding justice for those who have been silenced violently by the current Iranian regime.

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Naughton, who served for nearly three decades in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, is the Executive Director of the Centrist Democrats of America

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Christopher Neiweem is an Iraq War Veteran, military policy analyst, and has testified in front of Congress advocating for support for veterans and military personnel. Chris is the head of the American Veterans Policy Network and regularly contributes to Forbes.com, Foxnews.com, cnn.com, Military Times and is a contributor to Newsmax and the Hill.

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Graham Noyes is the Executive Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition.

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Eric Pearson is the Chairman of the American Sports Council, a national coalition of coaches, athletes, parents, and fans who are devoted to preserving and promoting the student athlete experience.

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Larry Pollack is a consulting actuary in New York.

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Carina Powers is CEO of Phonics in Motion, which inspires children to move their bodies as they develop every literacy skill they need (from Phonemic Awareness and Fluency to Comprehension) to build confidence and competence.

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Harrison Rogers is a philanthropist, Founder of Freedom Fight Night, CEO of HJR Global, and and angel Investor.

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Dr. Huzaifa Salim is the chief resident for internal medicine at Hackensack Mountainside Meridian Medical Center in New Jersey, Assistant Secretary General of the Sudanese American Physicians Association and a native of Sudan.

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Jon Savitt is a writer and comedian featured in places such as Funny or Die, College Humor, The Washington Post, TIME, NBC News, and more.

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Schlein is the COO of Dezenhall Resources, one of the nation’s leading crisis communications firms. He can be reached at sschlein@dezenhall.com

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Palmer Schoening is Chairman of the Family Business Coalition.

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Bernard S. Sharfman is a senior corporate governance fellow with the RealClearFoundation and a research fellow, Law & Economics Center at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. The opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not represent the official position of these institutions.

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Shows, a Democrat, represented Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2003

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Allison Silberberg is a former Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Chuck Smith is President of Ducks Unlimited.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.

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The author is a college student studying Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University.

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Jason Steinbaum is Principal with The Chesterbrook Group. He worked on Capitol Hill for more than three decades, during which he served as Staff Director of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Washington Chief of Staff to Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY). Mr. Steinbaum holds a JD and an MA in Law and International Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC and a BA from the University of Virginia. All opinions expressed on The Opinion Pages are his own.

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Dr. David Stuckenberg is a 2024 GOP Presidential Candidate, he received his PhD in international affairs and strategy from King’s College London. And a completed his Masters in politics and policy at The George Washington University. He is a decorated USAF veteran pilot with more than 150 combat missions.

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Robin Vercruse has more than 25 years of managerial and executive experience in startup and rapidly-growing commercial and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including more than a decade focused on energy and transportation fuel policy. She is the founder and principal of consulting firm RoVer Strategies. Robin is currently Policy Director at the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, focused on promoting technology-neutral and market-based policies to decarbonize transportation. Other clients include Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for state and federal measures to diversify transportation fuels and mitigate the persistent economic and national security consequences of oil dependence. Robin has a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of UC Santa Barbara, with a specialization in energy and climate change.

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Cara Cowan Watts is an eighth-generation resident of what is now known as Rogers County, Oklahoma and a direct descendant of Old Settler Cherokee Chief John Rogers. Cara served as the elected Tribal legislator for portions of Tulsa and Rogers Counties, Oklahoma, for 12 years from 2003 to 2015. She is a candidate for Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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Lezlee Westine is the President and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council.

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Amanda Wheeler is President of American Vapor Manufacturers

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Rod White is the author of the novel, The Legacy of the True Believers. He resides in Pittsburg, CA, working as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for a non-profit organization, as well as a freelance writer.

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Alexandra Wilkes is the national spokeswoman for the Day 1 Alliance, a trade association representing private-sector contractors supporting government agencies in the corrections and immigration systems.

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Emma Wilkins is a Tasmanian-based journalist and freelance writer. Topics of interest include relationships, literature, culture, and faith.

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Beverly Willett is a lawyer, author of “Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection,” and a recent convert to the Catholic faith.

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Mark Wolfe is an energy economist and serves as the executive director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), representing the state directors of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. He specializes in energy, climate, housing and related consumer finance issues.