The Cap Times Idea Fest panel "What Trump wrought and what 2020 will bring: The state of the nation and American politics" included four journalists from the Washington Post: Carol Leonnig, investigative reporter; Alexandra Petri, columnist; Catherine Rampell, columnist; and moderator David Maraniss.

This year's Cap Times Idea Fest included a meditation on the state of the union -- not with a speech delivered by the president, but with a conversation among an all-star roster of Washington Post journalists.

The Post's associate editor and friend of the fest David Maraniss led the panel, which took on questions of satire in the age of Trump, life in a post-fact America, and the role of gender in 2019 politics. The panel featured:

  • Carol Loennig, an investigative reporter with the Post
  • Alexandra Petri, a satirical Washington Post columnist
  • Catherine Rampell, a policy-focused columnist for the Post

For more Idea Fest coverage, be sure to subscribe to Live from Cap Times Idea Fest

Be sure to check out other Cap Times podcasts, including The Corner Table, MadsplainersThe Cost of Opportunity and Cap Times Talks

Share your opinion on this topic by sending a letter to the editor to Include your full name, hometown and phone number. Your name and town will be published. The phone number is for verification purposes only. Please keep your letter to 250 words or less.