Washington Bureau Chief
The New York Times
Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time.
This October 5 and 6, the Forum will once again bring the best and brightest to the table for debate, conversation, and idea-sharing.
David Leonhardt is an economics columnist for The New York Times and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He recently won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for his “graceful penetration of America’s complicated economic questions, from the federal budget deficit to health care reform.” Leonhardt founded the Times’s Economix blog in 2008, and an analytical sports column called Keeping Score in 2004. Before joining the Times in 1999, Leonhardt worked for Businessweek magazine and for the metro desk of The Washington Post. His 2008 story, “Obamanomics,” won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing. Leonhardt appears frequently on public radio and television, and lectures at universities.
Representative Paul Ryan
Paul D. Ryan, Jr. is an American politician and Congressman from Wisconsin.
He is a member of the Republican Party, and represents Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan presents his proposed healthcare reform replacement. Ryan believes health reform should include portable tax benefit with auto-enrollment, high-risk pools, medical liability reform, and transparency on price and quality.