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  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch Addresses Probe into Hillary Clinton
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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Clinton Email Investigation

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke with Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She explained her decision to meet with former President Bill Clinton in Phoenix in…

  • Global Health Innovators
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    Global Health Innovators

    Health care professionals talked about their work in developing countries. They spoke about issues including reproductive health services, HIV/AIDS prevention, the use of technology to…

  • Dangerous Disease Investigators
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    Dangerous Disease Investigators

    Government health experts tasked with tracking the spread of dangerous diseases such as monkey pox and human rabies spoke at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Center for Disease…

  • Future of Pakistan
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    Future of Pakistan

    Retired General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, and former Ambassador Hussain Haqqani talked about the future of Pakistan. Among the issues…

  • 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival Future of the GOP
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    Future of the Republican Party

    Key Republican Party strategists and thinkers talked about the future of their party. Topics included libertarianism, the tea party movement, and creating new domestic and international…

  • 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival Reimagining Citizenship
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    Redefining U.S. Citizenship

    Journalists and advocates talked about evolving definition of U.S. citizenship, as well as civic and political engagement. Among the issues they addressed were immigration reform,…

  • Two Memorable Presidential Speeches
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    Two Memorable Presidential Speeches

    David Rubenstein compared and contrasted what he considered to be the two greatest presidential speeches, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. He responded to a…

  • Changes in the US Since September 11 2001
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    Changes in the U.S. Since September 11, 2001

    Panelists talked about the results of a poll on American attitudes and how the country has changed in the decade years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • National Security 10 Years After September 11 2011
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    National Security 10 Years After September 11, 2011

    Intelligence and national security experts talked about national security since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. Among the issues they addressed were levels of global…

  • Thomas Friedman Remarks
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    Thomas Friedman Remarks

    Thomas L. Friedman was interviewed by Walter Isaacson about the challenges facing the U.S. and its standing in the world. Among the topics he addressed were competition with China, the…

  • Oppression of Women and Girls
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    Oppression of Women and Girls

    Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn talked about oppression against girls and women around the world. In their remarks, the talked about their experiences watching young girls improve their…

  • Competitive Education
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    Competitive Education

    Melody Barnes talked about the Obama administration’s ideas for improving education. Ms. Barnes, who was bussed to school in Richmond, Virginia, in the 1970s, also discussed her…

  • The 21stCentury Army
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    The 21st-Century Army

    General George Casey, Jr., the Army’s chief of staff, talked about the future of the Army. He was interviewed by David Sanger and also responded to questions from members of the audience. “Our…

  • Future of the Amazon River
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    Future of the Amazon River

    Scientists and environmentalists talked about the future of endangered areas of the Amazon. They focused on preserving the basic biology of the region. Some slides were shown during the presentation…

  • Cyber Security Policy Priorities
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    Cyber Security Policy Priorities

    Mike McConnell spoke about threats posed by potential cyber space attacks on the U.S. computer and information infrastructure. He also talked about various defenses against such threats, the need for…

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Remarks
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Remarks

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about her life and experience in the legal profession, and also focused on the appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Roe vs. Wade,…

  • Jobs and US Economy
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    Jobs and U.S. Economy

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and a Stanford business professor talked about improving the economy and job creation. Paul…

  • Bill Gates on Education and Health Care Systems
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    Bill Gates on Education and Health Care Systems

    Bill Gates talked about education and health care in the U.S. and around the world. Topics included the environment and his charitable initiatives. He was interviewed by Walter Isaacson. He…

  • 2010 Midterm Elections
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    2010 Midterm Elections

    Political analysts talked about their belief that Republicans will take control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Topics included the the issues affecting the elections. Panelists responded to…

  • Judicial Selection
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    Judicial Selection

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and a Georgetown law professor participated in a panel discussion on the history of the Court, the life of a…

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