Join the IOP as we welcome renowned filmmaker Jay Roach for a screening and discussion of his film All the Way, which tells the story of President Lyndon Johnson’s first year in office. Following the screening, Mr. Roach will be joined by author and producer Jeremy McCarter to discuss the intersection of arts and politics, the role of storytelling in public life, and the challenges of capturing historical figures in dramas.
Join the IOP for a conversation with Lawrence O’Donnell, host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC. His new book Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, chronicles the drama and controversy surrounding the election that served as a political awakening for an entire generation of Americans. Examining the frenzied climate that produced political assassinations and riots at the Democratic National Convention that was held in Chicago, O’Donnell’s account describes “a system, and a country, coming apart at the seams in real time.”
In the year since his inauguration, President Trump has presented unique challenges to the journalists tasked with covering the White House. Whether by disputing accounts of the crowd size at his inauguration or spreading misinformation about alleged voter fraud, the president has maintained what could be described as an antagonistic relationship to the press – calling members of the media “the most dishonest beings on earth." To what extent does this dynamic differ from that of previous administrations? How have reporters at the White House adjusted to the changes?
In October 2017, attorneys general in more twelve states filed suit against the Trump administration over its handling of the Affordable Care Act. This action, and other suits like it, signal that Democratic officials are embracing a tactic that has been used by Republicans to challenge the ACA’s individual mandate and pressure immigration reform: the ability to sue the federal government. But how effective have state lawsuits been in the past? What are the limits to a state attorney general’s power? And what are the consequences of these suits for American federalism?