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David Goodfriend
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David Goodfriend is a lawyer and advocate in Washington, D.C. He served as Deputy Staff Secretary to President William Jefferson Clinton; professional staff member to congressional committees chaired by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Charles B. Rangel (D-NY); and Media Legal Advisor to a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. In the private sector, David was Vice President of Law and Public Policy at DISH Network, co-founder of Air America Radio, and today is President of Goodfriend Government Affairs and Of Counsel at the law firm of Weiner, Brodsky, Sidman and Kider. David is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox News, and co-hosts “Left Jab” on Sirius Satellite Radio. David received his J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A from Beloit College. He lives with his wife, Susan Emmer, and sons, Ben and Ari, in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Verizon, Be Careful What You Wish For

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Verizon, can you hear me now?!

If someone ever needed an example of "be careful what you wish for because you just might get it," look no farther than Verizon's lawsuit against the FCC's net neutrality rules and the high-tech showdown we see playing out today at the FCC. Big...

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Sports Fans! Comcast Is Coming to Take Away Your Games!

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 12:55 PM

If you think that sounds like a sportscaster after a few too many Red Bulls, consider what will happen if the Obama Administration allows the largest cable operator in the U.S., Comcast, to acquire the second largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable, both of which own Regional Sports Networks ("RSNs")...

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Progressives for Progress

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:25 PM

We Progressives would do well to focus on the first two syllables of our political philosophy's name: progress. We are the reformers, the optimists, the ones who, as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy put it at his brother Bobby's funeral, don't "see things as they are and say why" but...

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Address Jobs Crisis With Bipartisan Telecom Policy

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 7:11 AM

I'm one of those progressives who thinks that our jobs crisis is a lot more troubling than the deficit "crisis" driving all of the budget brinksmanship these days (thank you, Paul Krugman). But rather than bang my head against the budget wall in Washington, I decided to put down my...

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Drones and Death: Desanitize Killing With a Presidential Signature

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:45 PM

The questions about drones raised by Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) filibuster should not stop with a single form of technological warfare. They go to the central question of accountability and ethics raised by sanitized, sensationalized killing.

Why is a bomb delivered via drone all that different than a bomb delivered...

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Explains Class in the U.S. Better Than Anyone

(12) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 2:57 PM

If you are losing hope watching the current sequestration budget impasse, take heart in an unlikely place: Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir, My Beloved World. As I read that book in the context of the latest manufactured D.C. crisis, I cannot help but see my own world differently.

We can...

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Congressman Barney Frank Gets Personal and Political

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 12:37 AM

Barney Frank on "Left Jab" With Mark Walsh & David Goodfriend
Sirius XM Radio, June 3, 2012


In his final term as Massachusetts Congressman, Barney Frank joins us in the Jab room with thoughts on his career, the economy, his reaction to Obama's support of...

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Naomi Klein on "Left Jab" Lands a Punch!

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 11:29 AM

Naomi Klein on "Left Jab" with Mark Walsh & David Goodfriend
Sirius XM Radio, June 27, 2010

Mark Walsh: I think one of the things that's clearly top of mind for you and all of our listeners is the President's appearance up in your home nation of Canada at...

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Give It Up for the Democrats

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 10:27 AM

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) wrote a long and thoughtful essay in the Sunday New York Times about why he was retiring from the U.S. Senate. Other retiring Democrats also explain why, for their own reasons, they are leaving office. We wish them well. We ask, however, that before they turn...

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