After the Vote: The White House Agenda for 2019
The voters have spoken. Democrats reclaimed control of the U.S. House of Representatives but Republicans increased their margin in the Senate. How will these results affect the Trump administration’s agenda? One of the president’s top advisers will weigh in and also discuss how the GOP can narrow the gender gap with Democrats and attract more female candidates.
One of the president’s top advisers, Mercedes Schlapp, weighs in on how the results of the 2018 midterms will impact the White House’s agenda for 2019.
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At a Washington Post event, President Trump’s director of strategic communications, Mercedes Schlapp defended the White House’s decision to suspend CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credential, but added that President Trump “supports the first amendment and free speech.”
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At a Washington Post Live event, top Trump adviser Mercedes Schlapp commented on reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s job may be in jeopardy.
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At a Washington Post Live event, top Trump adviser Mercedes Schlapp said the media is ‘determined to tear down President Trump.”
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During a Washington Post Live interview, White House adviser Mercedes Schlapp responded to a question about controversial comments made by President Trump about Black, female journalists.
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Mercedes Schlapp
Director of Strategic Communications, The White House
Mercedes Schlapp is the Director of Strategic Communications at The White House. After working on both Bush campaigns and in the White House, Schlapp co-founded Cove Strategies with husband Matt Schlapp, now the chairman of the American Conservative Union. She was previously a Fox News contributor and also hosted a SiriusXM radio show with her husband.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
Robert Costa is a national political reporter at The Washington Post.
Taking Stock of Election Day 2018: A Look Back, A Look Ahead
A record number of women will be heading to Congress next year and female candidates also made inroads in gubernatorial contests from New Mexico to Maine. Analysts and activists will explore what factors propelled these women into office, discuss differences in party performance and, despite this year’s successes, assess the ongoing gender disparity on Capitol Hill. They will also look ahead to how women will help shape the policy agenda of the 116th Congress and in state capitals around the country.
Analysts and activists explore what factors propelled women to run for office in 2018 and look ahead to how women will help shape the policy agenda of the 116th Congress and in state capitals around the country.
  • Nov 16
At a Washington Post event, Republican Main Street Partnership President and CEO Sarah Chamberlain remarked that ‘GOP women didn’t get the funding’ they needed to win more races in the 2018 midterms.
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At a Washington Post Live event, prominent political analysts and activists discuss the most important issues to women, including healthcare and the economy,
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New American Leaders President Sayu Bhojwani talked about the Democrat Party’s strategy in the aftermath of a victorious 2018 midterm election.
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At a Washington Post event, prominent political analysts and activists discussed the barriers facing women -- particularly women of color -- when seeking political office and reflected on the gains made in the 2018 midterm elections.
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Sayu Bhojwani
President, New American Leaders
Sayu Bhojwani is the Founder and President of New American Leaders, which is based in New York City and works across the country to build the power and potential of first- and second-generation Americans. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens.
Glynda C. Carr
Co-Founder, Higher Heights
Advocate and political strategist Glynda C. Carr is recognized for her innovative leadership style, commitment to expanding the civic participation of communities of color and advancing progressive public policies that build sustainable communities. Carr is the former Executive Director of Education Voters of New York, a leading independent voice for school reform in the state. She joined Education Voters in 2008 where she became New York’s youngest African-American woman to run a statewide advocacy organization.
Sarah Chamberlain
President and CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
As President and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership, Sarah Chamberlain leads an organization that supports the governing wing of the Republican Party in Congress. She is the only woman in the country who serves as the CEO of a major Republican organization. As the creator and facilitator of the Women2Women National Conversations Tour, Chamberlain has become one of the most important national voices calling for women to become more involved in the political process.
Kelly Dittmar
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University–Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She is the co-author of "A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Representation Matters" and author of "Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns". Dittmar’s research focuses on gender and American political institutions.
Morgan Murtaugh
2018 Congressional candidate (R-Calif.)
A lifelong San Diegan, Morgan Murtaugh has been actively involved in local and national politics for more than 10 years. After graduating from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in North Park, Murtaugh attended Grossmont College in El Cajon, while working for Commander, Naval Air Forces as Assistant Protocol Officer. She later began working in San Diego County politics, first for Congressman Brian Bilbray and later for La Mesa mayor, Art Madrid. In the 2018 midterm elections, she was a Republican candidate for California's 53rd Congressional District.
Moderated by Karen Tumulty
Karen Tumulty is a national political columnist at The Washington Post.
The New Democrats: Members of the Freshman Class Preview the 116th Congress
Five newly-elected members of the Democratic freshman class on Capitol Hill reflect on the races they ran and the challenges of campaigning and serving in office as a woman. They will also discuss their role in helping the Democrats retake the House and outline their legislative and governing priorities, including potential plans to use subpoena power to probe the Trump administration.
Five newly-elected members of the Democratic freshman class on Capitol Hill reflect on the races they ran and the challenges of campaigning and serving in office as a woman.
  • Nov 16
At a Washington Post Live event, 5 newly-elected Democrats discussed whether or not they would support Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker.
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During an interview at the Washington Post, Representative-Elect Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) reflected on the divisiveness in America today, casting blame on President Trump.
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Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) discussed record voter turnout during the 2018 midterm elections and remarked about giving power to ‘new voices’ that may not have been heard in previous political cycles and races.
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At a Washington Post Live event, 5 newly-elected Democratic women offered advice to young women who might be interested to one day enter the political fray.
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At a Washington Post event, newly-elected Democrats weighed on whether regulating the technology industry would be a key part of their agendas or not.
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Five newly-elected members of the Democratic freshman class on Capitol Hill reflect on the races they ran and their experiences after winning.
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Veronica Escobar
Representative-elect (D-Tex.)
Congresswoman Elect Veronica Escobar will serve as a member of the U.S House of Representatives from Texas’ 16th District, representing El Paso. Veronica made history November 6th, 2018 as the first woman elected to this seat from TX-16 and will be the first Latina from Texas to serve in the U.S House. She is proud to have served as County Judge where she was able to have an extraordinary impact on the lives of El Pasoans including expanding access to affordable healthcare and supporting the foundation of El Paso Children’s Hospital.
Chrissy Houlahan
Representative-elect (D-Pa.)
Chrissy Houlahan was elected to the House after defeating Republican Greg McCauley in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District. She is a third-generation military veteran and former teacher. Houlahan earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT.
Ilhan Omar
Representative-elect (D-Minn.)
Born in Somalia, Ilhan Omar and her family fled the country's civil war when she was eight-years-old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis in 1997. Omar's interest in politics began at the age of 14 when she was as an interpreter for her grandfather at local DFL caucuses. In 2016, she became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. Omar is the representative-elect for the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's Fifth District.
Ayanna Pressley
Representative-elect (D-Mass.)
Ayanna Pressley is representative-elect for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District. Pressley is an advocate, policy-maker, activist and survivor. Her election to the Boston City Council in 2009 marked the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. In September 2018, Pressley defeated a 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District.
Jennifer Wexton
Representative-elect (D-Va.)
Jennifer Wexton is representative-elect for Virginia's 10th district. She defeated two-term Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock. Wexton has been serving the people of Northern Virginia for almost two decades, as a prosecutor, an advocate for children, and as a legislator focusing on issues of concern to families. From 2001 to 2005, Wexton served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County.
Moderated by Libby Casey
Libby Casey is the politics and accountability anchor at The Washington Post.
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Barbara Lee, founder and president of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, delivers opening remarks .
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