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June 28, 2017
By Julie Beck, The Atlantic“We’re not pulling the rug out from under anybody,” said Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The goal of the House’s and the Senate’s health plans, and the Trump administration’s goal, he said, is “ensuring that there are more individuals who are insured under the new plan than under the old plan”—the old plan being...
June 28, 2017
Charles Sykes, an MSNBC contributor and former conservative talk show radio host, is speaking at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. This piece was originally published in America Magazine.If you occasionally feel like you are binge-watching history, you are not alone. These are remarkable times for both our politics and our culture, and the stakes seem to be rising all the time. It is not merely that social norms are...
June 28, 2017
Jeff Raikes is co-founder of the Raikes Foundation. He's speaking about the inequities that result from a “color-blind” attitude toward race at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.From the time I was a kid growing up on a farm in Nebraska, I was taught not to notice or comment on racial difference – to be “color-blind.” Not calling attention to differences was the way white people like me showed that we believed in...
June 28, 2017
Rob Riley is president of the Northern Forest Center. He’ll be discussing the issues facing rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.To some, “rural” is an abstract notion, sometimes conjuring images of farms, forests, or mountains, but less often bringing to mind the people who live in rural places. Even less do we consider the ways that rural life has shaped our nation.In the Northern Forest for instance — 30...
June 28, 2017
Molly Hemstreet is the founder and general manager of Opportunity Threads. She’ll be discussing issues in rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.What led you to start Opportunity Threads?I grew up and still live in Western North Carolina — the heart of the southern textile and furniture industries. I have seen the arc of our communities’ economic life go from booming with manufacturing, to massive lay-offs,...
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticIn the future, when a couple wants to reproduce, “they will not make a baby in a bed or in the backseat or a car, or under a ‘Keep Off the Grass’ sign,” says Henry Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.Instead, they will go to a clinic. Using stem cells from the couple’s skin or other non-reproductive organs, scientists will be able to make...
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticSally Yates said on Tuesday that “folks ought to have tremendous confidence” in Bob Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Yates, the former acting attorney general who was fired by President Trump in January, said Mueller “is the consummate professional. He is going to call it like he sees it...
June 27, 2017
Wajahat Ali is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a lawyer, a playwright, and a former TV host. Recently, he was creative director of Affinis Labs, working with Facebook and Google on social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities. He will be speaking in The America I Know and Global Conflicts tracks at the Aspen Ideas Festival....
June 26, 2017
Pastor Corey B. Brooks is the Executive Director of Project H.O.O.D. and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He’ll be speaking on the America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The most consequential right afforded each and every American is that we are entitled to the equal protection of the law. I wish that more people woke up every day appreciating this most...
June 26, 2017
Dr. Clarence B. Jones is currently the First Diversity Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University, and Palo Alto, California. He served as counsel, political adviser, and speechwriter for Dr. King. He’ll be speaking about what lawmakers today can learn from King at the Aspen Ideas...

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