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Benjamin Wittes

Benjamin Wittes
Editor in Chief, Lawfare

Unlike traditional news sites reporting on matters of national security, Lawfare provides deep and well-researched legal analysis. National security law has been challenged and stretched by the Trump administration, giving new urgency to the project.

Benjamin Wittes cofounded Lawfare in 2010 with Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney. The 501(c)(3) organization runs on a combination of grants from institutions, reader donations, and high-value contributions from private donors, and it has expanded over the past decade to include off-the-cuff podcast banter, law-review articles, and book-length projects…

Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes
Founder and Editor-at-Large, The Bulwark

In 2018, Sykes founded The Bulwark, teaming with a group of exiles from the recently defunct Weekly Standard magazine, producing smart conservative writing that manages to raise its eyebrow toward both political parties. Sykes, meanwhile, still flexes his radio muscles as host of the daily Bulwark Podcast, which has him interviewing other Republican apostates such as Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, campaign consultant Rick Wilson, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele…

Chris Buskirk

Chris Buskirk
Publisher and Editor, American Greatness

While most of his peers had their heads buried in comic books, a 13-year-old Chris Buskirk was devouring issues of National Review. It was the 1980s, and the conservative philosophies of Reagan ruled the day. As he became more curious about the writers he admired —postwar conservatives, intellectuals, and university professors—he began reading their works from 20 years prior. What he found animated him… 

Seung Min Kim

Seung Min Kim
Reporter, The Washington Post

As a Korean-American, Kim has blazed a trail in the upper echelon of a field known to skew white and male. She’s glad to see increasing diversity in newsrooms, but she noted that women of color in high-profile jobs feel heightened pressure, “particularly at this point in time.” 

Kim covers the intersection of the White House and Congress for the Post, which has become one of the most frequent targets for Trump’s attacks on the press. She has broken news on everything from a liberal group’s list of suggested SCOTUS nominees to Trump’s meetings with key senators to what’s on the menu for Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch… 

Yashar Ali

Yashar Ali
Freelance Journalist and Social-Media Influencer

When a follower of his Instagram page commented, “I truly can’t figure out which party you lean toward,” Yashar replied, “That’s my job! Thank you.” 

That wasn’t always Yashar’s job. He’s a former Democratic aide and fundraiser, having worked for both Hillary Clinton and Gavin Newsom. Between 2015 and 2016, Yashar shifted gears into journalism and quickly developed a robust source list, breaking major stories as a writer for HuffPost, The Daily Beast, and New York Magazine