Adam Jentleson

Executive Director, Battle Born Collective; Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Senator Harry Reid
Adam Jentleson Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: Fixing Democracy: The Filibuster, Statehood, Supreme Court, Voting Rights and the Electoral College

4 p.m. Thursday, May 6

Many on the left and some on the right argue that America’s governance is broken. Tensions run high when discussing the Senate and the filibuster. Voting restrictions, the Electoral College, and D.C. and Puerto Rico not being states frustrates and disenfranchises millions. The Supreme Court has become the default arbiter for too many big issues and teeters on partisanship itself. Let’s talk about how to fix it all. Join us for this conversation with guests Adam Jentleson, Elie Mystal and moderator Dahlia Lithwick.


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About Adam Jentleson

Adam Jentleson is the Executive Director of Battle Born Collective and former deputy chief of staff to Senator Harry Reid. A columnist for GQ and frequent political commentator on MSNBC, he lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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