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The Politics of Common Ground

The Institute for Education’s BI-PARTISAN BREAKFASTS

In Washington, it is vitally important to bring together diverse groups of people from various political backgrounds and professions to exchange ideas. That’s why I launched the Institute for Education and our INFO Policy Roundtables 15 years ago.

The roundtables are educational, bipartisan breakfasts held once a month by invitation only. These small forums bring together politicians, journalists, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet Secretaries, Nobel laureates and senators to talk policy and politics. Always off-the-record and filled with candid banter, the breakfasts provide an opportunity to set aside differences and discuss the important issues of the day.

In July, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to an INFO gathering that included media VIP’s Tim Russert, Bob Woodward and Andrea Mitchell. On September 13, we celebrated our 160th speaker with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Our guests included journalist Judy Woodruff and Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah. Today, we’re working on a new initiative called “The Politics of Common Ground,” designed to bring Republicans and Democrats together to help build personal friendships and (we hope) begin a much-needed change in the tone of discourse in Washington.

Coach Kathy Kemper and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Bob Woodward, Coach Kathy Kemper and Andrea Mitchell

George Vradenburg, Sen. Hilary Clinton and Morty Davis


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