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Issues of the Day and Implications of the 2012 Elections

Noon-2 p.m. Dec. 1

With an eye on the latest breaking news, Allen shares with audiences his fascinating, nonpartisan, behind-the-scenes analysis of what’s going on in Washington and the road map for the 2012 elections—all told with high energy, candor and humorous anecdotes. What are the issues that will confront both the Democrats and the Republicans? Was the Tea Party a force to be reckoned with at the ballot box this year? How does the president now navigate the daily changing landscape—around the world and here at home? How will the president work with a potentially divided Congress in 2013? What does this election mean for the business community—from Wall Street to Main Street?



Keynote Speaker

Mike Allen, Chief Political Correspondent
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Mike Allen
Mike Allen is the chief political correspondent for Politico. Time magazine named Allen one of the top 140
Twitter feeds shaping the day’s debate, calling him “the Virgil of the beltway, leading the rest of us hapless Dantes through the inferno of America's political universe.” The New York Times Sunday magazine cover story in April 2010 dubbed Allen, “The Man the White House Wakes Up To.” Vanity Fair named Allen to its 2011 Top 50 New Establishment list. He is also the creator of the daily newsletter, Morning Money, which gives readers the political intelligence on the intersection of Washington and Wall Street; it's a must read for everyone from cabinet secretaries to CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies.

Allen co-authored a series of e-books focusing on the 2012 presidential campaign released during the campaign season—Politico Playbook 2012The Right Fights Back (November 2011) and Inside the Circus – Romney, Santorum and the GOP Race (April 2012).

Before joining Politico, he worked as Time magazine's White House correspondent and spent six years at The Washington Post where he covered President Bush's first term, Capitol Hill, campaign finance and the Bush, Gore and Bradley campaigns of 2000. Before turning to national politics, he covered schools and local governments in rural counties outside Fredericksburg, Va., for The Free Lance-Star, then wrote about Doug Wilder, Oliver North, Chuck Robb and the Bobbitts for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he nurtured police sources on overnight ride-alongs through housing projects. Allen also covered Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Connecticut statehouse and the wacky rich of Greenwich for The New York Times. Before moving to The New York Times, he did stints in the Richmond and Alexandria bureaus of The Washington Post.
Allen grew up in Orange County, Calif., and has a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, where he majored in politics and journalism.