Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report
Political Analyst, National Journal Group
Senior White House Correspondent
ABC News Chuck Todd
Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director
NBC News Margaret Carlson
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Margaret Carlson has been a Bloomberg political columnist since 2005. She has won two National Headliner Awards as well as the Belva Ann Lockwood alumni award from the George Washington University Law School. A former White House correspondent for Time, she was also Time’s first woman columnist and appeared on CNN’s “Capital Gang” for 15 years. A former editor at The New Republic, Carlson has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a Poynter Fellow at Yale University, and a journalist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Carlson currently serves on the boards of the German Marshall Fund and The Newseum. She earned her BA from Penn State University and her JD from the George Washington University Law School.
Charlie Cook is the editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and a Political Analyst for National Journal Group.
Chris Matthews is the host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” on MSNBC and the host of NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Over the last 15 years, he has become known for his powerful and influential political commentary. Matthews is an author, international journalist, and no-nonsense political commentator. He was until recently a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the author of best-selling books such as, Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think. He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1987 where he served as Washington Bureau Chief for 13 years. Prior to entering journalism, Matthews served as White House aide and speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter and as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.
CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER debuted in March 2013. The program seeks to examine and advance stories that demonstrate Tapper’s own curiosities and interests with headlines from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, and sports to popular culture. Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation’s capital for more than 14 years. His most recent book, THE OUTPOST: AN UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN VALOR, debuted in the top 10 on THE NEW YORK TIMES best seller list.
Tapper joined CNN from ABC News, where he most recently served as senior White House correspondent, a position he was named to immediately following the 2008 presidential election. In this role, Tapper contributed regularly to GOOD MORNING AMERICA, NIGHTLINE and WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH DIANE SAWYER, in addition to serving as substitute host of THIS WEEK and writing for his blog, POLITICAL PUNCH on ABCNews.com. Tapper has earned the coveted Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage from the White House Correspondents’ Association an unprecedented three consecutive times. He also played a key role in ABC News’ Emmy award winning coverage of the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, and its Murrow-Award winning coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden.
In his more than nine years at ABC News, Tapper covered a wide range of stories, visiting remote corners of Afghanistan, covering the war in Iraq from Baghdad, and spending time in New Orleans to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the levee system. In 2008, he served as the lead political reporter for the coverage of the presidential election. He traveled to early voting states across the country for interviews with the candidates, including the eventual Democratic and Republican nominees, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.
Prior to joining ABC News, Tapper served as Washington correspondent, then national correspondent, for Salon.com. He began his journalism career at the WASHINGTON CITY PAPER and his reporting has been published in THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND THE WEEKLY Standard, among others. He has drawn caricatures and illustrations for the WASHINGTON POST and the LOS ANGELES TIMES, and his comic strip, “Capitol Hell,” appeared in ROLL CALL from 1994 to 2003. In 2001, he hosted the CNN show Take 5, a weekend program that featured young journalists talking about politics and pop culture.
Tapper is the author of three books, including THE OUTPOST, DOWN AND DIRTY: THE PLOT TO STEAL THE PRESIDENCY, which was published in 2001, and BODY SLAM: THE JESSE VENTURA STORY, which was published in 1999.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1991 and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, daughter, son, dog, and two cats.
Chuck Todd is the chief White House correspondent for NBC News and co-host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” He also serves as NBC News’s on-air political analyst for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” and MSNBC. Additionally, Todd has been responsible for all aspects of the network’s political coverage, including maintaining contact with the campaigns and serving as the point person for political news and information. He is also the editor of First Read, NBC’s guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, writes weekly analysis columns for MSNBC.com, and hosts regular online discussions on Newsvine. Before joining NBC, Todd was editor-in-chief of National Journal’s “The Hotline,” Washington’s premier political daily briefing. Todd has been featured as one of Washingtonian’s “Best Of” journalists.
Hardball host Chris Matthews says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't fit the GOP paradigm, and predicts Republicans will look for any excuse to nominate Governor Rick Perry over the former Massachusetts governor.