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Thu 29

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

President Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Conference

USC Center for the Political Future

Location: Online

The Biden Administration has a full plate of major issues to tackle in the first 100 days in office. In this conference, our moderators and panelists take a deep look into what Biden has and has not accomplished in the first few months of his presidency. Our panel topics cover domestic policy initiatives, foreign policy work, the lingering impact of Trumpism, and the approaching 2022 midterms and 2024 general election.  CLICK HERE to register in advance.

In partnership with the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival.


10:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. PT  – Welcome Remarks, “How are Joe and Mitch Doing?”
Since the Democrats hold the majority in the House and Senate, to what degree have they worked with and without the minority Republican party? How has Biden fared with his domestic campaign priorities for defeating coronavirus, reviving the economy, addressing climate change, and promoting racial justice?

  • Ron Christie – CEO, Christie Strategies; Political Analyst, BBC; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Deputy Assistant to Vice President Cheney for Domestic Policy, Fall ’19 Fellow, Center for the Political Future
  • Karen Finney – Democratic Strategist; Senior Advisor and Senior Spokesperson, Hillary 2016; Senior Advisor, Stacey Abrams 2018
  • Brian Goldsmith – Media Consultant; Political Strategist
  • Joe Kennedy III – Former U.S. Representative (D-MA)
  • Moderated by Robert M. Shrum  – Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future; Carmen H. & Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. PT – “Biden Abroad”
The Biden administration has re-engaged in the Paris Climate Accord and World Health Organization, and has signaled greater support for NATO and European allies than the Trump administration. What are Biden’s foreign policy goals? How do they differ from his predecessors? What has been done to meet those goals in the first 100 days

  • Anne Applebaum –  Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian; Staff Writer, The Atlantic; Author, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritiarianism”
  • Max Boot – Author, Columnist, and National Security Analyst
  • Alison Dundes Renteln – Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Public Policy and Law, USC Dornsife
  • Ben Rhodes – Co-Host of “Pod Save the World,” Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, Obama Administration, Spring ’20 Fellow, Center for the Political Future
  • Moderated by Michael Beschloss – Historian, Author

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. PT – “How Strong Is Trump’s Hold on the GOP?”
Before the January 6 insurrection, President Trump’s approval ratings among Republicans exceeded 90%. After the insurrection, he continues to have significant majority support in the GOP. How much does his strong Republican voter support translate into influence within GOP leadership?

  • Barbara Comstock – Former U.S. Representative (R-VA) , Spring ’21 Fellow, Center for the Political Future
  • Robert A. George – Columnist, Bloomberg Opinion
  • Mark Meadows – Former White House Chief of Staff, President Donald Trump and U.S. Representative (R-NC); Senior Partner, The Conservative Partnership Institute
  • Jeremy W. Peters – National Politics Reporter, New York Times; Contributor to MSNBC; Author, “Insurgencey: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted”
  • Moderated by Mike Murphy – Co-Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future; NBC Political Analyst

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. PT – “Racing Toward 2022 and 2024”
Is it too soon to think about the next elections? The first primaries for 2022 midterms will take place in about a year, and both major parties are campaigning in full force. Presidential candidates are already jockeying for funds and influence. What does the election map look like in 2022 and 2024? Does it appear likely that Democrats will follow history and lose seats and legislative control in the midterms? Who are the candidates and what are the dynamics shaping the race for the presidency in 2024?

  • Rachel Bitecofer – Elections Analyst and Strategist; Editor, The Cycle; Founder, Strike PAC
  • Shaniqua McClendon – Political Director, Crooked Media; Spring ’21 Fellow, Center for the Political Future
  • Mark Mellman – CEO, Mellman Group; Former President of the American Association of Political Consultants
  • Todd Purdum – Former New York Times Reporter and Staff Writer at The Atlantic; Spring ’21 Fellow, Center for the Political Future
  • Moderated by Elex Michaelson – Co-Anchor, Fox 11 News and Host, “The Issue Is: With Elex Michaelson”

CLICK HERE to register for this event.

This discussion will be live-streamed to the CPF Facebook page. Email cpf@usc.edu for questions.