Politics

Diagnosing the American Healthcare System

Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has remained one of the most divisive issues in American politics. President Donald Trump ran on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, but after unsuccessful repeal attempts in Congress this summer, the ACA is still standing. So, after seven years on the books, how has Obamacare changed the business and delivery of healthcare services? How have doctors and patients fared under the ACA? And how will President Trump’s executive order – or any future repeal attempts – affect the system?

America’s Foreign Policy Approach: A Conversation with Jake Sullivan and Frances Townsend

Join the IOP as we welcome Jake Sullivan and Frances Townsend for a conversation on the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Drawing on their years of national security experience under different administrations, Mr. Sullivan and Ms. Townsend will discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the evolution of America’s complicated relationship to Russia, and how approaches to these issues have changed throughout recent administrations.

Cardinal Blase Cupich

Join the IOP as we welcome Cardinal Blase Cupich for a conversation on the intersection of religion and politics, both in Chicago and around the world. As Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Cupich has echoed Pope Francis’s call for the Church to emphasize issues of poverty, justice, and peace. He will address not only historical trends in the Catholic Church’s approach to politics, but also his positions on a variety of current issues – all while considering the basic question of what it means for the Catholic Church to be politically active at all.

A Screening of All the President’s Men and a Discussion with Carl Bernstein

Join the IOP as we welcome renowned journalist Carl Bernstein, whose reporting with Bob Woodward on the Watergate scandal helped bring about the resignation of President Nixon. In the decades since his Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative work, Mr. Bernstein has reported for ABC News, profiled several world leaders, and written five best-selling books.

The IOP will screen the film adaptation of his and Woodward’s 1974 book, All The President’s Men. After the film, Mr. Bernstein will discuss his experience covering Washington and the presidency for more than half a century.

Former National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice

Join the IOP as we welcome former National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice. Ambassador Rice served as the 27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009-2013, before President Obama appointed her the 24th National Security Advisor. Previously, during the Clinton administration, she had served on the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

The Honorable Terry McAuliffe & The Honorable Jim Hodges

Join the IOP as we welcome Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges for a conversation on their time as Democratic governors in southern states. Governor McAuliffe was elected the 72nd Governor of Virginia in 2013, having previously served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Governor Hodges served as the 114th Governor of South Carolina from 1999-2003, following over a decade of service in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

In Data We Trust? Campaign Pollster Michael Baselice

After high-profile projections at FiveThirtyEight.com and The Upshot failed to predict Donald Trump’s victory in last year’s presidential election, many have become skeptical of opinion polls and their accuracy. But is this public distrust justified? In 2016, was the data itself flawed, or merely the popular interpretation? And how should those mistakes influence polling for the 2018 midterms?

DNC Chair Tom Perez

Join the IOP as we welcome Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. He previously served as Secretary of Labor and civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Obama administration. Mr. Perez will address the state of American politics, the future of the Democratic Party, and the upcoming the 2018 midterm elections.

Moderating the discussion will be Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post. Ms. Tumulty is a Resident Fellow at the IOP this quarter.

The Press and the Pressure: Political Journalism in 2017

140 characters, tight budgets, and a “fake news” branding defines political journalism in 2017. Twitter has accelerated the news cycle and created a demand for real-time responses. The cost of business has forced media outlets to consolidate resources in large cities – often at the expense of on-the-ground reporting from state capitals. Meanwhile, a nationwide trend toward distrust of media outlets, sometimes expressed in outright hostility toward reporters, has further complicated the relationship between the press and the public.