AIF Blog

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...
June 30, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Every year toward the end of the festival, I search for a grand theme. It’s usually a word or phrase that has been voiced in seemingly unrelated sessions: a buzzword, an existential modifier, a validation. In my head, I imagine a video supercut of the kind that sometimes shows up on social...
June 30, 2017
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League. He is speaking about the rise in hate online and in our communities at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Fifty years ago, extremists were hiding behind hoods and burning crosses. Today, they’re hiding behind avatars and burning up Twitter.At the Anti-Defamation League, we’ve fought anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry for more than...
June 29, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Here are a few things I have learned over the past few days:Arati Prabhakar is a technologist you should be listening to whenever you have the chance.Any session with David Rothkopf is going to be insightful and hopeful.Any lunch session at the Hotel Jerome is going to have some incredible...

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