Michael Grunwald, Author, "The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era" (@MikeGrunwald)
Mr. Grunwald discussed his book which chronicles the fight for and impact of “one of the most sweeping bills in U.S. history -- the $787 stimulus program pushed by President Obama and passed by Congress in 2009.
David Walker, Comeback America Initiative, Founder & CEO (@DaveWalkerCAI)
Mr. Walker talked about what he calls the federal government's "financial sinkhole," which he says is growing deeper by about $10 million every minute. He says it’s not just the debt, but the government's total liabilities, unfunded social insurance promises, and other federal commitments. His group is launching a tour of swing states this fall with other prominent supporters to sound the alarm on the nation’s growing fiscal burden.
Stephanie Ventura, CDC National Center for Health Statistics Reproductive Statistics Branch - Chief & Adam Thomas, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, Visiting Assistant Professsor
Ms. Ventura looked at childbearing and fertility rates in the U.S. Our conversation included childbearing and fertility rates in the U.S. over time, and by demographics; the teen birth rate; out-of wedlock births; preterm, low birthrate and infant mortality rates; and abortion rates. We also discussed public policy issues related to these issues.