Washington Post Live’s “First Look” offers a smart, inside take on the day’s politics. Michael Duffy will host a reporter debrief followed by a roundtable discussion with Washington Post opinions columnists. Tune in for news and analysis you can’t get anywhere else on Friday, October 8 at 9:00am ET.

Michael Duffy

Mike spent 33 years at TIME as, among other roles, deputy managing editor, nation editor, Washington bureau chief and editorial director of Time Inc. He is the co-author with Nancy Gibbs of two best-selling presidential histories, including “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity.” Along the way, he won, or shared in, two Gerald Ford Awards for Distinguished Reporting and a Shorenstein Award for Investigative Reporting. He has taught writing at Princeton and served on the board of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Born and raised in central Ohio, he is the father of three sons.

Jacqueline Alemany

Jacqueline Alemany is the author of The Early 202, an early morning newsletter featuring news critical to the nation’s many power centers, including the White House, Capitol Hill, government agencies, the Pentagon and more. She joined The Washington Post in 2018 after six years at CBS News.Alemany covered the White House for CBS News since President Trump’s inauguration. Before that, she was a digital journalist on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. She is a 2017 African Great Lakes fellow at the International Women’s Media Foundation.Alemany studied government at Harvard University, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus is deputy editorial page editor for The Post. She also writes a weekly column. Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Jon Leibowitz, their two daughters and the world’s cutest dog.

Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion for The Washington Post. She covers politics and policy, foreign and domestic, and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican and Democratic parties, and threats to Western democracies. Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work. She is a mother of two sons and lives with her husband in D.C. She is the author of “Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump.”