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Vote Vets Dir. of Gov. Affairs hosting a Q&A in the Hive Thurs. @ 1pm

Will Fischer is a nationally recognized progressive leader. A decorated Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq, he is the director of government affairs for VoteVets, which, with more than 500,000 members, is the largest progressive veterans organization in America (and was also blocked on Twitter by President Donald Trump in June). Prior to his work at VoteVets, Will spent nearly a decade working at the national AFL-CIO and in a variety of political, legislative, and organizing campaigns across the country.

Will will be in the Hive to discuss veterans, military, and foreign policy. Post your questions and join us on Thursday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Professor of Health Policy & Management hosting a Q&A in the Hive Thurs. @ 2pm

Gerald Kominski is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and financing of public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation. Gerald received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1985, and his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1978.

Gerald will be hosting a Q&A in the Hive to discuss health care, CBO scores, single-payer, and more! Post your questions and join us on Thursday. If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Legal Director at Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence hosting a Q&A in the Hive Wed. @ 2:30 pm

Laura Cutilletta joined the Law Center in May 2003. She is a prominent expert on gun laws and policy nationwide, and, in 2009, established programs to track, analyze, and report on firearms legislation and trends in all 50 states. Laura has worked for more than a decade with activists across the country and legislators at all levels of government, providing legal expertise and advice on legislative solutions to gun violence.

Laura will be joining us here in The Hive to discuss gun violence and gun control. Post your questions and join us on Wednesday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker Hosting a Q&A in the Hive Fri. @ 3 pm

Jelani Cobb has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” He’s a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.

Jelani will be in the Hive to discuss race relations in America, including the NFL and Trump’s verbal war with its protesters. Post your questions and join us this Friday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Center for American Progress Immigration Expert Hosting a Q&A in the Hive Wed. @ 11 am

Philip E. Wolgin is the managing director of Immigration Policy at American Progress. He directs American Progress’ research and publications on immigration and has helped lead the team’s work on a diverse set of issues, such as immigration reform, child refugees at the United States’ southern border, border security, executive action, rebuttals to nativist claims about immigrants, and E-Verify. Philip will be in The Hive to discuss immigration, DACA, and Trump’s new regulations after his travel ban. Post your questions and join us on Wednesday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

EDF Climate Scientist hosting Q&A in the Hive, Fri. @ 1:00 pm

Scott Weaver leads the climate science team at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The team conducts, assesses, and communicates climate science research to support the scientific foundation for cross-programmatic activities and policy development. Scott will be joining us in The Hive to discuss the scientific aspects of the climate change debate and the importance of federal budgets for science research. Post your questions and come join the chat on Friday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Former U.S. Ambassador hosting Q&A in the Hive, Tues. @ 1 pm

Michael McFaul is Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor of Political Science at Stanford, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Additionally, Michael served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development.

Michael will be joining us in The Hive to discuss American foreign policy, Russia, and more. Post your questions or join us this Tuesday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Political Ethics Prof. hosting Q&A in the Hive, Thurs. @ 1 p.m.

Andrew Sabl teaches in the Ethics, Politics and Economics program at Yale. His research covers, among other things, theories of democracy and constitutionalism, toleration, and the work of David Hume. He has a particular interest in the relationship between political ethics and the health of a democratic polity.

Andrew will be joining us in The Hive to chat about ethics and politics. Post your questions and join us this Thursday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

Constitutional Law Prof. hosting a Q&A in the Hive, Fri. @ 4 pm

Professor Michael Gerhardt teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Law. His specialties include civil rights, civil liberties, the legislative process, and separation of powers. He has served as special counsel, public commentator, and/or expert witness on all the major constitutional conflicts between presidents and Congress over the past 25 years. Michael will be joining us in The Hive for a chat on the Supreme Court and constitutional law. Join us this Friday at 4 PM and submit your questions! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

ProPublica Reporter Hosting Voter Fraud Q&A in the Hive Wed. @ 12pm

Jessica Huseman is a reporter at ProPublica covering national politics and civil rights. Prior to joining ProPublica, she was an education reporter at The Teacher Project and Slate. Her stories have been published in The Atlantic, the Dallas Morning News, and NPR.

Jessica will be in The Hive on Wednesday, August 23rd for a 30-minute chat about voting rights and Trump’s shady “voter fraud” panel. Submit your questions at any time or join us on Wednesday! If you’d like to participate but don’t have TPM Prime, sign up here.

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