AIF BLOG - July 2017

July 28, 2017
John Brennan, James Clapper, and Wolf Blitzer speak at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2017.What are the most pressing external and internal threats to the United States? Two former US Intelligence officials discuss Syria, Russia, ISIS, and President Trump’s embattled relationship with the Intelligence community. John Brennan, former CIA Director, and James Clapper, former US Director of Intelligence, sit...
July 25, 2017
Tom Price, US Health and Human Services Secretary, speaks at the closing session of Spotlight Health 2017, in late June.After many setbacks, a possible vote to overhaul of the Affordable Care Act is back on the table. President Trump is urging Senators to pass a bill that repeals and replaces the ACA. In today’s show, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price talks about the efforts in Washington, and what...
July 20, 2017
Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, interviews Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Democrats face an uphill battle: Republicans control the House, Senate, and the White House. Democrats hold the lowest number of state legislative seats since the turn of the 20th century. And, the number of governors who are Democrats is at its lowest level since the 1920s. In this episode,...
July 18, 2017
Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor of CNN's "New Day," moderates a discussion about President Trump and republicans at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Despite controlling both the White House and Congress, the Republican Party has had a bumpy ride in the first months of the Trump administration. Trump isn’t a traditional party standard-bearer. So, can the party and the White House get in alignment on priorities...
July 14, 2017
An audience member asks a question at an Aspen Ideas Festival panel featuring journalists James Fallows, Joshua Johnson, Melissa Block, and Charles Sykes.Over the past year, the United States has been described as profoundly divided. But are these divisions as deep and hopeless as we think? The journalists in today’s show have made careers out of asking questions and listening to American voices. What have...
July 11, 2017
Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Known as the “land of lousy options,” North Korea has posed problems for the US for decades. But now, the country is testing its missiles regularly and the situation is increasingly dire. What are the best solutions for dealing with this escalating crisis? In this episode, speakers at the Aspen Ideas...
July 11, 2017
By Krishnadev Calamur, The AtlanticManufacturing’s share of U.S. employment has been on a steady decline since the end of World War II. In May, the figure touched 8.48 percent, the lowest level since the Labor Department first began keeping records in 1940. The decline has been linked to the growth in income inequality, the weakening of the American middle class, and the rise of populist politics. But as the country...
July 10, 2017
By David A. Graham, The AtlanticIt’s hard to find defenders of impeachment—or at least, it’s hard to find good faith, consistent defenders of impeachment.Just look at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who once voted to impeach President Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice, only to recently assert that it’s impossible for a president, and in particular Donald Trump, whom he supports, to obstruct justice. Most...
July 07, 2017
Abdullah Antepli is chief representative of Muslim affairs at Duke University and teaches courses on Islam and Muslim cultures at Duke Divinity School. He agreed to answer some of our questions before speaking at The America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. What can faith communities do to promote understanding in these divisive times?They can and must do a lot, as often they are part of the problem. One of...