#pressing brings together Washington's leading voices for smart discourse on pressing policy issues. #pressingLIVE is not your typical policy event. Hosted by The New Republic's Chris Hughes and Frank Foer and guided by the thoughtful narration of POLITICO's Mike Allen, Slate's David Weigel, and CNN's S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, participants discussed what is actually working in American policymaking--identifying innovative solutions on a range of issues, including:
The nexus of tech innovation and regulation, with Mike Allen
Increasing job accessibility through prison reform and new models in education, with Van Jones
Balancing privacy and national security, with David Weigel
The policies that most appeal to millennial values, with S.E. Cupp
Mike Allen is the chief White House correspondent for Politico. Previously, he held the same position at TIME magazine. Prior to that, Allen spent six years at The Washington Post, where he covered President George W. Bush’s first term, Capitol Hill, campaign finance, and the presidential campaigns of 2000. Before turning to national politics, Allen covered schools and local governments in rural counties outside Fredericksburg, Va., for The Free Lance-Star, then wrote about Doug Wilder, Oliver North, Chuck Robb, and the Bobbitts for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he nurtured police sources on overnight ride-alongs through housing projects. Allen also covered Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the Connecticut statehouse, and other topics for The New York Times. Prior to that, Allen did stints in the Richmond and Alexandria bureaus of The Washington Post.
S.E. Cupp is a conservative columnist, author and commentator. She is author of the book “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity” and co-author of the book “Why You’re Wrong About the Right.” She is co-host of the new Crossfire program on CNN, launching in September, and a contributor on TheBlaze show “Real News” every night at 6pm ET.
S.E. is a columnist at the New York Daily News and a contributing editor at Townhall Magazine. She has been published in the Washington Post, the Detroit Free Press, the American Spectator, Politico, the Daily Caller, Slate, Maxim, NASCAR.com, Sports Illustrated, Human Events, FoxNews.com, CNN.com, and elsewhere. She is a consultant on the HBO program, “The Newsroom.”
She has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows, including Real Time with Bill Maher, the View, Fox & Friends, Hannity, Glenn Beck, the Dennis Miller Show, the Fred Thompson Show, the Mike Huckabee Show, the Daily Show, Chris Matthews, Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld, Morning Joe, Larry King Live, and others. S.E. is also a public speaker.
Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic.
Foer graduated from Columbia in 1996. Before joining The New Republic, Foer was a frequent contributor to the online magazine Slate.
His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Spin, U.S. News & World Report, Lingua Franca, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, New York and Foreign Policy. In 2004 he published his first book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.
Chris started his career in his Harvard dorm room where he co-founded Facebook along with roommates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. Obsessed with consumer technology from a young age, Hughes was responsible for user experience and product development for Facebook in the early years of the social web.
In 2007, he became Director of Online Organizing for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, creating a social network that empowered Obama supporters to create tens of thousands of grassroots groups and events, and to give over $500 million online. The average online donation was $80.
As Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic, Hughes is transitioning a nearly 100-year-old media company to the digital age, while holding onto its uncompromising focus on quality journalism about politics and culture. Integrated across mobile, tablet, web, and print, The New Republic is setting the standard for how mid-sized, traditional media brands can transition to the participatory web.
Hughes is also an independent investor in technology and media companies, a trustee of the Knight Foundation, and a board member of GiveDirectly. He has been named a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in the media category. Hughes graduated manga cum laude from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature.
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
David Weigel is a political reporter for Slate and a contributor to MSNBC. He’s a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, USA Today, Campaigns & Elections, Time.com, (Washington) City Paper, The Guardian, The American Prospect, The American Conservative, The American Spectator, The Washington Monthly, Politico, and The Nation.
From 2006 through 2010, David’s reporting focused on the American conservative movement. He covered the Ron Paul and Bob Barr campaigns for Reason, and covered the remaking of the right for the Washington Independent. He is an occasional commentator on cable news, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air and PRI’s This American Life to discuss his reporting. His Slate blog, the curiously-named “Weigel,” was named one of Time magazine’s best blogs of 2011.
David currently lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.