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I'm a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where I work on issues of political reform, tax and budget policy, and helped to create our new project on The Next Social Contract. I also write a monthly column for The American Prospect, and contribute to the Prospect's blog, TAPPED, to TPMCafe, the New Republic, and the Guardian.

Previously, I was Director of Policy and Research at the Open Society Institute, George Soros's foundation in New York. I ran a program at OSI that made grants to organizations working on campaign finance reform, and on trying to build progressive political power in the states.

In the 1990s, I worked in Washington, as a speechwriter and then policy director to Senator Bill Bradley until he left the Senate in 1997.

I know a lot about recent U.S. political history, and I've written a lot about reform of the political process. These days I'm particularly interested in economic policy in the role that ideas play in U.S. politics, and the development of a coherent public philosophy among liberals and Democrats.

After seven fun years in Brooklyn, I now live in Washington again, with my wife Holly, a journalist, and our daughter who is six and a half.