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Clinton School December speakers include "Days of Fire" and "Double Down" writers

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CAMPAIGN THRILLER: Halperin and Heilemann to speak at Clinton School
  • CAMPAIGN THRILLER: Halperin and Heilemann to speak at Clinton School
The Clinton School today released its schedule of December speakers, which includes some big names for political junkies.

On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will discuss "Double Down," their behind-the-scenes account of the 2012 presidential campaign (a sequel of sorts to their previous best-seller, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," on the 2008 campaign). If you want the Cliff Notes on "Double Down," the Washington Post collected the eight best tidbits. Obama considered swapping in Hillary in as Veep! The vetting of Christie! Obama only likes Bill Clinton "in doses!" Where would the republic be without the Fourth Estate around to dish out the gossip?

On Dec.11 at noon, Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for the New York Times will speak on "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House," his thorough tick-tock of the Bush years that focuses on Bush's complicated relationship with his VP. You can read an except here.

Also speaking in December: Ali Velshi, host of Al Jazeera America's “Real Money with Ali Velshi” and UCLA communications professor Travis Dixon on "Media Stereotypes and their Role in Racial Healing and Equity."

After the jump, more on the speakers from the Clinton School. All events are free and open to the public. 

Ali Velshi, host of “Real Money with Ali Velshi”
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Financial news veteran Ali Velshi is the host of “Real Money with Ali Velshi,” which focuses on helping Americans prosper from financial trends and protect themselves from economic dangers. Velshi joined Al Jazeera America from CNN, where he served as the Chief Business Correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s “World Business Today,” and the host of the weekly business roundtable “Your Money.” In 2010, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How The Wheels Came Off.” Additionally, CNN was nominated for a 2010 Emmy for Velshi’s breaking news coverage of an attempted terror attack on a flight to Detroit. Velshi has reported extensively on the global financial meltdown; Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, and Lehman Brothers; the U.S. government’s bailout plan; the battle over the fate of the American big three automakers; and the U.S. debt ceiling and budget debate.

“Double Down: Game Change 2012,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- John Heilemann and Mark Halperin will discuss “Double Down,” the follow up to their No. 1 best selling book, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," which goes behind the headlines to tell the story of the historic 2008 presidential campaign. Based on over 500 interviews, Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York magazine, and Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine, provide a behind-the-scenes account of the 2012 campaign. In "Double Down," they explore the consideration of swapping Hillary Clinton for Vice President Joe Biden, the relationship between President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, insights into how each campaign operated behind the scenes, and the influences political leaders, such as Senator Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, had on the campaign.

“Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” author Peter Baker
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- In “Days of Fire,” Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, recounts the unique and evolving relationship between the president and vice president. Baker, a New York Times Best Selling author, chronicles how Bush relied heavily on the political experience of Cheney in his early years but during his second term, Bush increasingly operated on his own. Baker reviewed published interviews and conducted over 275 interviews himself, including an interview with Vice President Cheney, in an attempt to adequately recount the president and vice president’s unique relationship and resolve contradictions in previously published accounts.

“Media Stereotypes and their Role in Racial Healing and Equity: Community Philanthropy and News' Portrayals,” Travis Dixon, associate professor of communications, UCLA
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Dr. Travis L. Dixon, a professor of Communications Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, has spent the past semester conducting research as a Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar at the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy. During his public program, Dr. Dixon will discuss his findings on media stereotyping and draw from his extensive exploration of the portrayal of minorities in the media. Dr. Dixon will also highlight themes from a series of conversations on “Race in the Media” hosted by the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School and in Delta communities.

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