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Clinton vs. Trump: What’s Really at Stake in the 2016 Elections?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have radically different visions for America’s future. But how will the voters’ choice in the presidential election really impact economic policy, trade, national security, immigration, and other major policy areas? On November 2nd, PPR held a panel disucssion in Washington DC to drill down beyond the rhetoric and hyperbole and get to the bottom of ‘what’s really at stake?’ Panelists included former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee and Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow Steve Bell, former HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight director Jay Angoff, and Director of Urban Policy Iniatives at the Urban Institute Erika Poethig (MPP '96). PPR director and expert on the presidency Professor William Howell moderated the discussion. The event was attended by about forty Harris alumni, propsective students and members of the DC community.  And, later that night, the Cubs won the World Series!



Jay Angoff is a partner with the Washington, DC law firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC. Formerly, as Director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS, he served as the first implementation director of the Affordable Care Act. He also served as Senior Advisor to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and as an HHS Regional Director. Earlier, Mr. Angoff served as Insurance Commissioner of Missouri and as Deputy Insurance Commissioner of New Jersey.

Steve Bell is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization that seeks the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and economic opportunity. He served on the staff of former Senator Pete Domenici from 1974 to 1986 and then again from 1996 to 2009. From 1981 until 1986, he was staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, which Domenici chaired. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Bell was the managing director at Salomon Brothers and opened the company’s Washington, D.C. office. During this time, he was a regular contributor on CNN. Mr. Bell was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan Board and, after being confirmed by the Senate, served in that position from 1987 to 1992.

William Howell (moderator) is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He is the author, most recently, of Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016). Prof. Howell currently is working on research projects on Obama's education initiatives, distributive politics and the normative foundations of executive power.

Erika Poethig, MPP'96, is an Institute fellow and director of urban policy initiatives at the Urban Institute. Prior to joining Urban in 2013, Ms Poething held roles as assistant secretary for policy, development, and research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and was associate director for housing at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In the late 1990s, she developed Mayor Richard M. Daley's campaign to combat predatory lending, prevent foreclosures, and stabilize communities.


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