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.
Jake Tapper is Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News.
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.