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John McCaslin

John McCaslin has appeared on virtually every major television and radio network -- from MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews to National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday," even VH1 -- offering insights in the nation's capital and its ever-changing cast of political characters. He's been a regular substitute host for Rush Limbaugh on the EIB Network, Sam Donaldson on ABC Radio, Mary Matalin on CBS Radio, and Michael Reagan and Oliver North over Radio America. He has also anchored a weekly news segment on ABC-7 News in Washington.

His news and travel assignments have taken him around the world, filing stories from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South and Central America. For two years he covered and wrote about the war in Nicaragua. His life and work have been featured in numerous publications, including Reader's Digest, the Washington Post, Editor & Publisher, Washingtonian, Capitol File, Washington Life, and numerous travel magazines.

A former Metropolitan Editor for the Washington Times, McCaslin directed 45 editors/reporters in their daily coverage of the nation's capital. At the request of the Associated Press, he developed and launched a paid partnership between the nation's leading news wire agency and his reporters.

Previously, as assistant National Editor, he co-managed daily coverage of the White House, Congress and Pentagon. Best known for penning the "Inside the Beltway" column for The Washington Times (and previously the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Tribune Media Services), McCaslin's topics and readers are one and the same, and include U.S. presidents and their Cabinets, senators and congressmen, federal bureaucrats and ordinary Americans.

Every day he treats readers to a unique cornucopia of anecdotes culled from Washington's countless corridors of power. Broadcaster, author, public speaker and columnist are among the hats worn by John McCaslin during his 25 years of covering the White House and Congress and all federal agencies in between.

 

Amy Holmes

Ms. Holmes has served as senior speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) from May 2003 to July 2006, writing on topics ranging from economic and energy policy to judicial nominations and the Iraq war. Before that she worked for the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, and helped build the non-profit Independent Women's Forum (IWF) as economic project director and campus project director. While at IWF, Holmes oversaw and edited the organization's labor statistics guide, "Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economics of Women in America."


Holmes, a registered independent, has been a familiar face on television news and talk programs. She has guest-hosted ABC's The View and appears regularly on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2002, she hosted Lead Story on Black Entertainment Television, where she interviewed administration officials, journalists and top newsmakers.


Holmes began her career on television as a Fox News Channel contributor and was later a commentator for MSNBC. She has appeared on PBS's To the Contrary, The Montel Williams Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Early Morning Show and co-hosted PBS's Millennium 2000 broadcast.

From 1999 to October of 2001, Holmes wrote a monthly guest column for USA Today. She has also been published in The Washington Post and National Review. Her political commentary has been cited in numerous national publications, including Newsweek, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Honey and Harper’s Bazaar. In May 2000, she was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "50 Most Beautiful."


Holmes holds a degree in economics from Princeton University