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Matt Miller
Matt Miller is an author, columnist, radio host, television commentator and consultant whose work focuses on agenda-setting ideas and creative problem-solving in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

In his public policy work, Miller is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post's online edition; the host of Left, Right & Center, public radio's popular political week-in-review program (named by iTunes as one of its "best podcasts"); a contributor to MSNBC and CNBC; and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Miller's first book, The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America's Problems In Ways Liberals And Conservatives Can Love (PublicAffairs, 2003) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. In its cover review, the Washington Post's Sunday Book World called Two Percent "a welcome return to political thinking on a big canvas agenda;" the Wall Street Journal called it a "small marvel of a book." His most recent book, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking For A New Age of Prosperity (Times Books, 2009) has been called "downright prescient" (Time) and "fascinating" (Washington Post). Miller's commentary has been featured on The Colbert Report, Real Time With Bill Maher, The Kudlow Report, and many other public affairs programs. He previously wrote a nationally syndicated column for Tribune Media Services, and served as a guest columnist for the New York Times op-ed page (subbing for Maureen Dowd) in May 2005.

In his business life, Miller consults to corporations, foundations and government organizations on issues of strategy, policy and communications.

Earlier in his career, Miller held senior posts in both government and business. Miller served as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995, where his duties including managing the staff work for presidential decision making on the budget, and leading management studies both for OMB and the White House. From 1991 to 1992 he was a White House Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to his government service, Mr. Miller did a stint with McKinsey, where from 1989 to 1991 he managed strategy and organization assignments for media and retail companies.

Mr. Miller, 49, was born in New York City and raised in Rye Town, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1983. (His junior year was spent at the London School of Economics.) He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1986, where he was a James Kent Scholar and book reviews editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Miller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Screen Actors Guild (thanks to a cameo appearance in the thriller, The Siege.) His wife, Jody Miller, is the founder and CEO of Business Talent Group. They live with their 13 year old daughter in Los Angeles.

Blog Entries by Matt Miller

Confused Republican Billionaire Syndrome

0 Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Here is my tongue-in-cheek take on a public health ailment that isn't getting enough attention:

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America the Ungovernable?

0 Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 12:35 AM

Bill Clinton had two years on "offense," when he tried to push an ambitious domestic agenda, followed by six years on "defense," after his party lost control of Congress in 1994. Barack Obama, despite his determined posture in his State of the Union address, seems to have gotten just...

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Top Ten Things Democrats Should Do Before Abandoning Ambitious Health Care Reform

0 Comments | Posted January 23, 2010 | 11:36 AM

  1. Work (in a bipartisan way, of course) with the National Rifle Association to arm America's 50 million uninsured and give them a ticket to Washington.
  2. Require every senior Wall Street banker to personally cover 1000 uninsured families (cost: just13 million a year!)
  3. If Conan can be paid $30 million not...
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Test Your Understanding of American Politics

0 Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 8:26 PM


  • Massachusetts' bipartisan health care reform a few years ago is the model for what Obama and the Democrats have been on the verge of passing in Washington.
  • Scott Brown supported the bipartisan Massachusetts health care reform (which has given the state near-universal coverage)
  • Scott Brown opposes the Democrats' health...
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Time for a Big Debt Deal With China

0 Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 8:31 AM

As Democrats move this week to raise America's $12.1 trillion debt limit, we're deep into the usual kabuki-style fuss over this must-pass legislation. The opposition party denounces the fiscal recklessness of the party in power. Chin-stroking scolds cluck about the need for a bipartisan commission. Stenographers in the media inexplicably...
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Spaghetti Economics

0 Comments | Posted February 7, 2009 | 12:19 PM

The Big Point being lost in all the back and forth over the stimulus plan's flaws is this: there is no such thing as a perfect stimulus.

First, we don't really know what will work best, and second, no giant bill like this gets through Congress without massive amounts...

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Stop the Heirs!

0 Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 1:50 PM

Caroline Kennedy is a fine lady, but Nick Kristof has it right on his blog regarding the aristocratization of American politics. My own entry on this demoralizing phenomenon was a column back in March 2001, reprinted below. Nothing's changed.

Forget Soft Money -- Stop the Heirs!


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Health Care Next!

0 Comments | Posted September 27, 2008 | 12:13 PM

This article originally appeared at The Big Money.

Yes, it takes a breathtaking level of chutzpah for Hank Paulson to bar as "punitive" any caps on Wall Street compensation or clawbacks of ill-gotten gains on the verge of an epic federal bailout. But Democrats would be foolish to fixate...

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Time For The Political Pre-Nup!

0 Comments | Posted May 30, 2008 | 7:03 PM

A classic from the archive (March 1999) brought to mind by Scott McClellan's current choices

As bombs fall in Belgrade and George Stephanopoulus' memoir hits number one on bestseller lists, President Clinton has to be wondering who in the room is taking notes for the next kiss-and-tell. Unfortunately, he's got...

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