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Join our education Live Chat today at 2:30 PM in The Hive

Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a news site devoted to educational change, will chat with Prime members today in The Hive (sub req).

Green has years of experience in education reporting, having written for The New York Sun, New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, she published Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). She will be answering questions about her book, the Common Core, teacher evaluations, and the opt-out movement.

Drop your questions here before or join us at 2:30 PM Eastern.

Live Chat: Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, Thursday May 28th, 2:30 PM Eastern

Elizabeth Green is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a news site devoted to educational change. Elizabeth has years of experience in education reporting, having written for The New York Sun, New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, she published Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Elizabeth will be answering questions about her book, the Common Core, teacher evaluations, and the opt-out movement. Drop your questions here (sub req) before or at 2:30 PM EST on Thursday 5/28.

Got a Question About LGBT rights? Get It Answered Here

International LGBT rights expert Jessica Stern will be answering questions (sub req) from Prime members in The Hive at 2 PM Eastern.

Chat about LGBT Rights with Jessica Stern

Chat with Jessica Stern (sub req), executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Thursday, May 21st at 2 PM Eastern in The Hive. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is an organization that specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. A champion of social and economic justice, Stern has previously worked at Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, among other organizations. She currently serves on the board of the International Bar Association’s Committee on LGBT Rights and teaches at Columbia University.

Jessica is looking forward to talking to TPM readers about gay and lesbian issues, as well as the impending Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. Drop your questions at or before 2 PM on Thursday May 21st!

Chat BridgeGate & Jade Helm 15 with TPM’s Catherine Thompson, 1 PM Eastern Wednesday

TPM’s Catherine Thompson will visit the Hive (sub req) to talk about her recent coverage of the BridgeGate scandal and the conspiracy theories swirling around “Jade Helm 15,” a U.S. military exercise that Texas right-wingers fear is cover for the implementation of martial law. Catherine will answer questions about her recent reporting and what it’s like to cover domestic politics from TPM’s New York office. She’ll also offer her take on a wide array of current events.

Get your questions in now and then join us Wednesday in The Hive.

Chat With David Kurtz About Today’s Supreme Court Oral Arguments

TPM’s Managing Editor, David Kurtz, is in attendance for today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court in what is likely to be the decisive case for marriage equality nationwide – and perhaps by extension LGBT equality writ large.

At 4 PM EDT, he’ll be in The Hive (sub req) taking your questions on the proceedings.

Chat about renewables with Gregor Macdonald

Gregor Macdonald, the writer behind our TPM Prime series The Renewables, will be in The Hive(sub req) tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST to chat about his series and all things energy. He’s an independent journalist covering the energy sector who has written for The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Financial Times of London, The Harvard Business Review, The Oil Drum, The Petroleum Economist, etc.

About a month ago, TPM published the first of Gregor’s 5-part series on the rapid rise of renewables in the global energy market. We’ve since published part two, and part three will be published tomorrow (Tuesday). The pieces deal with the changing energy mix in the US as solar and wind dominate marginal additions to the powergrid, and aging fossil-fuel power retires. Check it out and drop in your questions for Gregor about renewable energy, the economics and policy surrounding it, etc. at or before 2 p.m. EST.

Chat about national security with Elizabeth Goitein

Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern will join The Hive (sub req) to answer your questions about national security, including how Congress should reform NSA surveillance.

Goitein co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. Before coming to the Brennan Center, Liza served as counsel to U.S. Senator Russell Feingold, Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As counsel to Sen. Feingold, Liza handled a variety of liberty and national security matters, with a particular focus on government secrecy and privacy rights.

Her writing has been featured in major newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as prominent outlets such as Roll Call, the National Law Journal, and the Huffington Post.

Feel free to drop in your questions at or before 1 p.m. on 4/15. This chat will be moderated by TPM.

Live Chat with Mark Schmitt at 2 p.m.

Mark Schmitt joins The Hive today to chat about the early reform rhetoric we are already hearing regarding 2016 (sub req), his recent paper on a new framework for democratic reform and any other topics you are interested in. Schmitt is the director of the program on political reform at the New America Foundation — in this capacity he develops new approaches to understanding and reforming the market for political power.

A prominent writer on politics and public policy, with experience in government, philanthropy and journalism, he is also a columnist for The New Republic and a leading voice on political reform, budget and tax policy, and social policy.

Please feel free to drop in your questions at or before 2 p.m.! This chat will be moderated by TPM.

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