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Watch Today’s American Democracy Conference

The Crystal Ball is coming out a day early this week because we wanted to invite our readers to watch the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ 18th annual American Democracy Conference, which is going on today from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington D.C. Registration is full but members of the media interested in covering the conference are welcome to attend, and we will be streaming the conference live throughout the day at

Our featured speakers are Kellyanne Conway, who managed Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign, at 9 a.m., and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) at 12:30 p.m. Additionally, Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato will interview Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, at 1:30 p.m. There will also be three panels discussing various aspects of the 2016 campaign.

Here’s the full program:


9:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks by Larry J. Sabato, Director, UVA Center for Politics


9:05 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign


9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Panel I – Politics and the Fourth Estate

Moderator: Geoffrey Skelley, Associate Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball

Molly Ball, National Politics Staff Writer for The Atlantic

Jamelle Bouie, Chief Political Correspondent for Slate

Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post

Carlos Watson, Editor in Chief,


11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel II – Divided States of America

Moderator: Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball

Alan Abramowitz, Sabato’s Crystal Ball senior columnist and Emory University professor

Glen Bolger, Republican pollster and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies

Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies

David Byler, Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics


12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.



12:30 p.m. – 1:15 pm.

Keynote Speaker: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)


1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Presentation by Alan Abramowitz, Emory University professor


1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Larry Sabato interviews Khizr Khan, Gold Star father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention


2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Panel III – Political Perspectives on 2016 and Beyond

Moderator:  Carol Costello, CNN

Perry Bacon Jr., Senior Political Reporter, NBC News

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard

Joe Borelli, Council member, 51st District and Minority Whip of New York City Council

Maria Cardona, Democratic strategist and principal at Dewey Square Group