Washington Ideas Forum - Spetember 29-October 1, 2010
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Some highlights from the very successful conference

Ahmed Chalabi: WMD Were 'Marginal' to Iraq Invasion Wikimedia Commons

Ahmed Chalabi: WMD Were 'Marginal' to Iraq Invasion

The former Iraqi leader has long been accused to misleading the U.S. into war

The Pundit Consensus: Gridlock Ahead in Washington Wooly Wombat/flickr

The Pundit Consensus: Gridlock Ahead in Washington

Margaret Carlson, Chuck Todd, Ronald Brownstein, Charlie Cook, and John King talk politics

Google's CEO: 'The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists'

Google's CEO: 'The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists'

Eric Schmidt on the power of lobbyists, a Google "implant", and how China resembles a big business

Webb: Obama Had Wrong Focus in the Beginning Wikimedia Commons

Webb: Obama Had Wrong Focus in the Beginning

The senator said Obama misread his mandate and wrongly put health care reform ahead of job creation

Barbour: GOP Will Gain at Least Four Governorships

Barbour: GOP Will Gain at Least Four Governorships

Mississippi's governor on 2010, whether he'd run in 2012, and why Obama is mysterious

Kenneth Feinberg Explains the Art of Compensation

Kenneth Feinberg Explains the Art of Compensation

The "pay czar" on who should—and shouldn't —be paid, especially regarding the BP oil spill

Spike Lee: 'People Are Dead Now' Because Bush Bungled Katrina Response Wikimedia Commons

Spike Lee: 'People Are Dead Now' Because Bush Bungled Katrina Response

The director reflects on the hurricane, the oil spill, and the Tea Party

The Podestas Face Tough Questions About Lobbying cliff1066/Flickr

The Podestas Face Tough Questions About Lobbying

The power couple gets grilled about how political influence is really peddled in Washington

Holbrooke on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship: It's 'Complicated'

Holbrooke on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship: It's 'Complicated'

Obama's man in Afghanistan talks to Christiane Amanpour

David Rohde: 'What I Saw in Captivity' With the Taliban

David Rohde: 'What I Saw in Captivity' With the Taliban

The reporter on the stunning ignorance of his captors when it comes to the world

America's Culture of Innovation Adriano Agullo/flickr

America's Culture of Innovation

Drawn from the private sector, think tanks, universities, local governments, and Congress, 22 men and women who have built their careers around the…

The Middle Class in Peril neoliminal/flickr

The Middle Class in Peril

A group of economists, congressmen, think tank strategists, university presidents and private-sector executives gathered on Thursday at the…

Who Will Pay for the News? Wikimedia Commons

Who Will Pay for the News?

Business executives from media outlets nationwide joined with journalism scholars and policy makers to discuss viable business strategies for…

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve Wikimedia Commons

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve

Public health experts from inside and outside the Beltway gathered at the Newseum Thursday to discuss the recently enacted health care…

Health and Weight in America

Thought leaders in the field of health care, obesity, and nutrition met Thursday morning at the Washington Ideas Forum to discuss issues underlying…

Building a Sustainable Energy State Wikimedia Commons

Building a Sustainable Energy State

More than two dozen experts on energy from a number of fields met this morning at the Washington Ideas Forum met to discuss on-record the future of a…

Bloomberg on 2012: 'Can't Win'

Bloomberg on 2012: 'Can't Win'

The mayor of New York City responds to the question of whether he would run for president by dismissing his chances at victory

Axelrod: Obama Hasn't 'Gone Washington' Wikimedia Commons

Axelrod: Obama Hasn't 'Gone Washington'

The president's senior adviser fights the charge that the White House is putting politics above the national interest