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Tomi Lahren is an American television and online video host and a conservative political commentator. She currently hosts Final Thoughts with Tomi for TheBlaze. She was previously the host of On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network. Lahren grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a military family. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014. Lahren also hosted and associate produced the political roundtable show, The Scramble for UNLV-Television. She also interned for Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem.
Alex Epstein is a philosopher who applies big-picture, humanistic thinking to industrial and environmental controversies. He founded Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a for-profit think tank and communications consulting firm focused on energy and environmental issues, in 2011 to offer a positive, pro-human alternative to the Green movement.
Epstein is the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Penguin, 2014), which has been widely praised as the most persuasive argument ever made for our use of coal, oil, and natural gas. Epstein has publicly debated leading environmentalist organizations such as 350.org, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club. Arguing that industry needs to become a confident champion for energy and freedom, Epstein helps companies use his moral arguments to neutralize attackers, turn non-supporters into supporters, and turn supporters into champions.
He was named “most original thinker of 2014” by The McLaughlin Group for his New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.
Epstein has guest-lectured at dozens of universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Duke–as well as dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Nick Adams is the Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG), an organization dedicated to promoting American exceptionalism and combating anti-Americanism worldwide. He is also a best-selling author, columnist and commentator. Adams has appeared on virtually every major television and radio program, including The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, The Sean Hannity Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Glenn Beck Program, 700 Club, The Dennis Prager Show, and hundreds more. He is a columnist for Townhall.com and Townhall Finance. His work has been published in newspapers around the world such as The Washington Examiner and The Korea Times, and online at Fox News, Daily Caller, The Blaze, Jewish World Review and elsewhere.
Adams’ acclaimed book, The American Boomerang (2014), was endorsed by The National Review, The Heritage Foundation, The Washington Examiner and The Dartmouth Review. Individual endorsements include Gov. Mike Huckabee, Chuck Norris, Dr Ben Carson, Glenn Beck, Dick Morris, and Col. Allen West.
Adams earned both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Sydney. He was publicly elected the youngest Deputy Mayor in Australian history in Sydney, at the age of twenty-one.
Jason Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he worked for more than 20 years writing opinion pieces on politics, economics, education, immigration and race, among other subjects. He’s also a commentator for Fox News, where he’s appeared for more than a decade, and a frequent public speaker.
After joining the Journal in 1994, he was named a senior editorial page writer in 2000 and a member of the Editorial Board in 2005. In 2008 he published “Let Them In,” which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy. His second book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” which is about the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass, was published in 2014. He joined the Manhattan Institute in 2015.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has also worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News. He lives in suburban New York City with his wife and three children.
Julie Borowski is a political commentator living in the D.C. area. She is best known for her YouTube channel where she discusses current events.
Elisha Krauss is an American journalist, speaker, and radio talk host in Los Angeles, California. Krauss replaced Heidi Harris as a co-host with Ben Shapiro and Brian Whitman on the Salem Radio Network/KRLA Morning Answer in April 2013. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Krauss was the Senior Producer for the Sean Hannity Radio show, a campaign manager and media consultant. Aside from her morning talk show, Krauss is currently working as Outreach Director for PragerU.
Krauss was awarded in 2013 as a recipient of Red Alert Politics’ “30 Under 30” recognition for the “finest young conservative, libertarian and Republican leaders” who, according to the publication, “were selected for their consistent involvement in the movement, their influence on other youth and their heartfelt dedication to American principles, regardless of opposition.” Her morning radio talk show made the 2016 Talker’s “Heavy Hundred,” a list of 100 of the most influential talk shows in the country.
Katie Kieffer is an author, entrepreneur and commentator. She is the author of the new book published by Random House titled “LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.
Kieffer graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas. She has a background in business and journalism. As a college student, Kieffer founded, edited and published a nationally recognized student newspaper. During her senior year, Kieffer was the only female student entrepreneur that the University of St. Thomas recognized with a practicing entrepreneur award.
Kieffer has over five years of experience in commercial real estate. She chaired a National Young Professionals Forum of rising stars in commercial real estate and received state and national honors for her leadership in business. She has been named one of the Twin Cities’ “25 Finest Young Professionals.”
Kieffer has been featured on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Business, FOX News, The BLAZE TV, HLN, Extra!, Sun News, NRA TV, NEWSMAX TV, and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. His primary research interests include econometrics and public policy. Davies has authored op-eds in over thirty newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Daily News, is a regular columnist for US News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and is a regular commentator on Wilkow! (TheBlaze TV). He is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill and at state capitals. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, Dr. Davies was Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation, President and co-founder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment).
Dr. Davies earned his B.S. in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.
He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008).
A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or coauthored seven books, the most recent ones being Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism and A Republic—If We Can Keep It. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.
Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University. Professor Vedder is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of The Independent Institute book, Out of Work, the recipient of both the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Institute monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?
Professor Vedder received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and he has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, and he has taught at the University of Colorado, Claremont Men’s College, and MARA Institute of Technology. His other books include Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, The American Economy in Historical Perspective; Poverty, Income Distribution, the Family and Public Policy (with L. Gallaway); Essays in Nineteenth Century Economic History; Essays in the Economy of the Old Northwest; Economic Impact of Government Spending: A Fifty State Analysis, and Variations in Business and Economic History. His hundreds of articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Washington Times,and Investor’s Business Daily.
Larry Schweikart, a native Arizonian, went to Arizona State University and received a BA in Political Science, then went on the road with several different rock bands, opening for such 60s/70s acts as Steppenwolf and the James Gang. He abruptly decided he wanted to be a history professor, and received an MA from ASU in history, then a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Since 1985 he has taught at the University of Dayton. Schweikart’s best selling books include Seven Events that Made America America, 48 Liberal Lies About American History, and his #1 NYTimes bestseller, with Mike Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States. Recently he completed a history of the modern world with Dave Dougherty, A Patriot’s History of the Modern World in two volumes. He has been on almost all media, from Al-Jazeera to Glenn Beck, from Travis Smiley to Rush Limbaugh.
Since 2009, he has been a film producer. His documentary, “Rockin’ the Wall,” about rock music’s part in bringing down the Iron Curtain, appeared on PBS, and his current project, “Other Walls 2 Fall,” featuring Yanni, Clint Black, Busta Rhymes, and a heavy metal band from inside Tehran, is now starting to air nationally.
Trevor Burrus is a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, theNew York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others. His popular writing has appeared in theWashington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, theHuffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others.
Burrus lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economics Education, and other organizations, and he frequently appears on major media outlets. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.
He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Brent Hamachek Started his business consulting practice, Segueway, in February of 2000. Since that time he has worked on over 120 client engagements and been involved in 70 different industries.
Brent’s work has included serving as CEO, CFO, EVP Sales and EVP Business Development. In addition to his work with privately owned companies he is an author, professional speaker, and a former internet radio show host. He is also a past extension course instructor for the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Joe Walsh is an American conservative talk radio host and politician. He served one term in the United States House of Representatives for Illinois’ 8th congressional district. During his first months in Congress, Walsh emerged as a sharp critic of the Obama Administration, accusing the president of abandoning the U.S.–Israel alliance and bankrupting the country. He also challenged President Barack Obama to secure the borders with “moats and alligators” if necessary. Walsh maintained a no-compromise approach to legislating that included rejecting any tax increases. He consistently voted against raising the federal debt ceiling and authored a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. He now hosts a conservative radio show on WIND-AM 560.
Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government. Since the inception of Turning Point USA on June 5th of 2012, Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing to having representation on over 1,100 high schools and college campuses nationwide and over 75 full time field staff. At 22 years old, he has appeared on Fox News, CNBC, and FOX Business News over 200 times including frequent appearances on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “Varney & Co.”