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  • emThe Working Class Republicanem
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    The Working Class Republican

    Henry Olsen talked about his book The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism, in which he argues that Ronald Reagan not only considered himself a successor…

  • Washington Journal William Galston Discusses President Trump and Congress
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    William Galston on President Trump's Agenda

    William Galston talked about Donald Trump’s presidency so far and how his legislative agenda could fare in Congress.

  • National Press Foundation Hosts Discussion on Presidential Transitions
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    Presidential Transitions, Panel 1

    A panel discussion was held with former White House advisers and transition staff members on the history of presidential transitions and challenges for the new administration. “Inside the Transition…

  • No Labels Problem Solver Convention in Manchester New Hampshire Part 1
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    No Labels Convention, Opening

    The No Labels group hosted a convention focusing on creating bipartisanship in government. The opening ceremonies included Pledge of Allegiance, “America the Beautiful,” and welcoming speeches. Then…

  • Discussion on Iran Nuclear Talks
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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Panelists assessed the diplomatic progress made in reaching an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 on Iran’s nuclear program. They discussed the components of a credible deal, Iran’s…

  • Former Maryland Governor Martin OMalley on DataDriven Government
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    Data-Driven Government

    Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) spoke about how data-driven decision making and performance measurement could affect government policy and executive success. He talked about how he…

  • Discussion on Immigration Executive Action
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    President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bill Galston presented opposing positions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Mr. Douthat argued that the…

  • Discussion on Civic Engagement
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    National Conference on Citizenship

    Speakers at the 68th Annual Conference on Citizenship talked about ways to engage citizens to become active civil participants in their communities. General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) received the…

  • Washington Journal William Galston on Washington Gridlock
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    Congressional Gridlock

    William Galston talked about his recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece on his two-year plan to end congressional gridlock.

  • Changing the Tax Policy
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    Politics of Tax Reform

    Tax policy scholars talked about tax code, reforms needed, and the political challenges lawmakers face in changing tax policy. They focused on tax reform during the Reagan administration and the differences in…

  • Washington Journal US Economy and Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Economy and Foreign Policy

    William Galston talked about his Wall Street Journal article, “The Economic Roots of Economic Retreat.” In the piece he argued that Americans' perception that the U.S. is still in a recession was…

  • emWhat Jefferson Read Ike Watched and Obama Tweetedem
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    What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted

    Tevi Troy, presidential historian and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, talked about his book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, in…

  • Tea Party Movement Influence on Congress
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    Tea Party Movement Influence on Congress

    William Galston talked about the philosophy of the tea party movement, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. He argued that the attitudes of those in the movement reflect those of former…

  • Brookings Hosts Discussion on Marijuana Legalization
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    Marijuana Legalization

    Panelists talked about the domestic and foreign policy implications of legalizing the possession and sale of small quantities of marijuana for recreational use. They analyzed survey data on…

  • Washington Classroom with Bill Galston
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    Washington Classroom with Bill Galston

    Bill Galston talked about the current state of politics in the government at the time, which he characterized as gridlocked by partisanship. He traced the history of that development and…

  • Brookings Institution Hosts Discussion on Medicare
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    Medicare Reform

    Panelists talked about possible Medicare reforms. Topics included premium adjustments according to income, increasing the role of private insurance companies, and restructuring payment to physicians…

  • Meeting to Make America Work
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    Meeting to Make America Work

    Members of the group No Labels, a bipartisan group of grassroots activists, met in New York City to unveil the group’s new bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus hopes to make a statement during the…

  • Presidents and Political Structure
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    Presidents and Political Structure

    Panelists talked about the public and political expectations of presidents dealing with disaster relief after hurricanes, floods, and terrorist attacks, as well as the president’s…

  • Public Perceptions of Arabs and Muslims
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    Public Perceptions of Arabs and Muslims

    Panelists talked about the findings of a public opinion poll on American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims. The poll was conducted following violent protests in the Arab world that erupted…

  • Islamist Extremism
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    Islamist Extremism

    Panelists spoke about U.S. counterterrorism policy and efforts to confront challenges posed by Islamist extremism. They responded to questions from the audience.

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