AIF BLOG - July 2018

July 30, 2018
 Ashley Nickloes, Christine Matthews, and Rebecca Traister speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June about a surge of women running for office. Since 2016, we’ve watched women rack up unprecedented wins in statehouses, city halls, and even Congress — and thousands more are throwing their hats into the ring. How did factors like Donald Trump’s win and #MeToo influence this wave, and why...
July 26, 2018
NBC's Peter Alexander interviews Kirstjen Nielsen at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado in mid-July.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the Trump administration’s controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to families being separated at America’s southwest border. In this discussion, she addresses illegal immigration, saying it reflects a...
July 25, 2018
 Intelligence Director Dan Coats speaks with journalist Andrea Mitchell July 19th at the Aspen Security Forum. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats goes over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in this discussion held July 19th. These are his first public comments after standing by the intelligence community’s findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has...
July 19, 2018
Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News anchor, interviews FBI Director Christopher Wray on June 18 at the Aspen Security Forum.FBI Director Christopher Wray is firm in his position that Russia was involved in the 2016 presidential campaign. “The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed,” he says, “and my view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election.” Wray spoke July 18...
July 18, 2018
Mimi Marziano, president of the Texas Civil Rights project, talks about the family separation policy on June 26 at the Aspen Ideas Festival.A lot has happened since US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal crossings at the southwest border. The family separation policy that contributed to dividing nearly 3,000 children from their guardians was halted and...
July 16, 2018
Andrew Weiss, Evelyn Farkas, Steve Clemons, Kori Schake, and Peter Wittig talk about President Vladimir Putin and Russia at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday during a time when international relations are being tested. On the heels of a tension-filled NATO summit, Russia experts wonder whether Trump’s meeting with Putin will address the Russian...
July 12, 2018
 Journalist Maria Hinojosa on stage at the Young Adult Forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. The third annual Young Adult Forum in June began with emcee, Pete Dominick roving the room and questioning attendees at random. He asked them to state the issues they're most passionate about. As topics like Immigration reform and racism were said aloud, it was clear Dominick’s ice breaker underscored this crowd's...
July 11, 2018
Elliot Gerson, Mircea Dan Geoana, Kati Marton, and Doublas Lute discuss President Trump and the Brussels NATO summit during a panel at Aspen Ideas on June 30.President Trump is attending a meeting in Brussels this week with NATO allies. Shortly after the Summit began, Trump disparaged the alliance and told NATO's secretary general that other nations must increase military spending, according to The New York...
July 03, 2018
Katie Couric interviews James Comey at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30, 2018.Former FBI Director James Comey says transparency and a desire to maintain his agency’s credibility prompted him to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. He sent a letter to Congress days before the presidential election saying he had new evidence in the case. To this day, some people blame him for Clinton’...