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Unresolved: Trump's First 100 Days

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  • If not America First, what country do you want to put first?

    Clip: Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review, gives his 1-minute opening statement.

  • Jamelle Bouie - "I think the stock market is wrong about Trump"

    Clip: Jamelle Bouie in his opening statement on "The Stock Market Says Trump Is Good For the Economy," explains how the stock market doesn't evaluate economic gains for lower income and middle income Americans.

  • What will the economy look like under Trump?

    Clip: Debaters discuss the actions the Trump administration has taken to improve jobs, wages, and the economy.

  • Jamelle Bouie & Ian Bremmer on Trump's team

    Clip: Jamelle Bouie & Ian Bremmer give their opening statements on Trump's team.

  • Did Trump pick a terrific team?

    Clip: Debaters discuss executive orders, special advisers, un-nominated positions, and the successes/failures of his cabinet.

  • Is Trump playing the media?

    Clip: Debaters discuss the antagonistic role of the press, social media, and Trump's strategy of using the media to his advantage.

  • What does America First mean independent of Trump?

    Clip: Debaters discuss the history of America First, and whether that applies to President Trump's policy direction.

  • Does "the press" still have meaning?

    Clip: In Jennifer Rubin's opening statement on "The Press IS Out to Get Trump," she explains that he receives plenty of positive coverage, as well as antagonistic coverage in the media.

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Trump's First 100 Days

Five Debaters. Four Debates. Trump's First 100 Days.


The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been filled with a whirlwind of new policies and challenges to Washington orthodoxies, and the country is sharply divided.  But if we are open to it, we might find that there are reasonable arguments being made by both sides on many issues.  And those conversations can start by considering: President Trump’s “America First” policy, and what it means to different people; the administration’s impact on the health of the stock market and our economy; the team that the president has assembled; and whether it’s the media, or the president, that’s under attack. In one night we embark on a radical departure from our Oxford-style format, asking five debaters, from across the political spectrum, for their views on four key issues under the new Trump presidency.

The Debaters

For the motion

Jamelle Bouie

Chief Political Correspondent, Slate

Jamelle Bouie is the chief political correspondent for Slate and a political analyst for CBS News, covering campaigns, elections, and national affairs... Read More

Ian Bremmer

Founder and President, Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought... Read More

Kris Kobach

Kansas Secretary of State

Kris W. Kobach is the secretary of state for Kansas and former professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He served... Read More

Against the motion

Rich Lowry

Editor, National Review

Rich Lowry became editor of National Review in 1999 when selected by William F. Buckley, Jr. to lead the magazine. Read More

Jennifer Rubin

Author, The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog

Jennifer Rubin writes the “Right Turn” blog for the Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. She covers... Read More

John Donvan

Host and Moderator

John Donvan is the host of Intelligence Squared U.S., moderating our debates since 2008. An author, speaker and journalist, John has reported for... Read More

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Making America Meh Again

February 22, 2017

Both job and stock-market growth have been on upward trajectories for the last year, and manufacturing decisions from automakers and other firms reflect long-standing plans. Trump is taking credit for events and trends that precede him and his election.

A Risk Analyst on What You Should Worry About (and Ignore) Under Trump

March 1, 2017

Ian Bremmer, founder of the risk-assessment firm Eurasia Group, explains which Trump White House controversies you should focus on--and which ones are just for show.

Why the Media Lose to Trump

January 11, 2017

If they genuinely want to be public-spirited checks on Trump, they shouldn’t be more bitterly adversarial, but more responsible and fair.

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