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The Comedy Cellar, the most celebrated comedy club in the world and renowned for helping launch the careers of humorists such as Louis CK and Jon Stewart, will host its second in a series of public-policy debates on May 17th titled, "Is America in Decline?: Debating America's future in Uncertain times."

Noam Dworman, the owner of the Comedy Cellar, announced the event and stressed the need for open political discourse. "It is important for American citizens to openly discuss the issues facing our country, regardless of their political affiliation. With the Comedy Cellar having already hosted a successful public-policy debate in the past, we hope to spur discussion on this important issue."

The debate will feature a distinguished panel of experts in the fields of politics, foreign affairs, and journalism. They include:


Colin Quinn - Moderator

Colin Quinn is best known for being Colin Quinn. If you don't like it, then too bad.



Kristin Tate:

Kristin Tate is an author and political columnist based in New York City whose work has been featured in the National Review, the Washington Times, Fox Nation, Real Clear Politics, the Daily Caller, and Breitbart News. She is the author of the new book,Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You for a Ride -- and What You Can Do About It. Prior to shifting to the opinion field, Kristin was a reporter in Texas where she broke critical stories on the border and was routinely featured on the Drudge Report.

David Rothkopf:

David J. Rothkopf is CEO and Editor of the FP Group, which publishes Foreign Policy magazine,, and hosts The Editor’s Roundtable (The E.R.) podcast. He is also President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory company specializing in transformational trends. David is a widely published author and has written numerous internationally acclaimed books, including most recently National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, and has given a TED Talk on how fear drives American politics. David is also a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

George Packer:

George Packer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003. He is the author, most recently, of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, a New York Times bestseller, which won the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction. He has published four other works of non-fiction: The Village of Waiting; Blood of the Liberals; The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which won several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the New York Times Book Review; and Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade. Packer is also the author of two novels—The Half Man and Central Square—and a play, Betrayed, based on a New Yorker article, which ran five months Off Broadway in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He is the editor of The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World(HarperCollins, 2003), and of a two-volume edition of George Orwell’s essays (Harcourt, 2008). Packer’s New Yorker articles have won three Overseas Press Club awards.

Tom Rogan:

Tom Rogan is an American writer based in the Washington area. He grew up in London, England. He's a columnist for the National Review and Opportunity Lives, a panelist on The McLaughlin Group, and a Senior Fellow at The Steamboat Institute. Tom was educated at King's College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the College of Law, London. Dr. McLaughlin sometimes refers to Tom as ''the boy''. He tweets @TomRTweets and his homepage is found at



*** Line-up subject to change


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