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DC Heads To Aspen For Ideas Festival 2009

Andrea Mitchell, Bob Schieffer and Katharine Weymouth are among just some of the Washingtonians flocking to Colorado this week for the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the festival runs today through July 5th and this year’s theme is “Ideas that Work,” with programs like “Media Crack-Up” and “Living Digitally.”

Discussions we think you’d be interested in include: The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan on “Why I Blog,” “What’s Next for the News Business” moderated by the Aspen Institute’s President and CEO Walter Isaacson and with WaPo‘s Weymouth and others, “Obama and the Challenge of Expectations: A Look at the President’s First Six Months” with NYT‘s David Brooks and The Week and Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and “Sustaining Beat and Investigative Journalism” with NBC’s Mark Whitaker.

Charlie Rose will also interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan and CBS’ Schieffer will interview Lewis Black in a program called “Me of Little Faith.” You can check out the festival’s full schedule here.

Dana Perino, NYT‘s David Sanger, National Journal‘s Ronald Brownstein and NBC’s David Gregory are also among the Ideas Festival’s confirmed speakers. Also D.L. Hughley.

Other newsmakers in Apsen for the Ideas Festival include: Alan Greenspan, Tim Pawlenty, Sandra Day O’Connor, Susan Rice, Austan Goolsbee, Stephen Breyer, Michael Chertoff, Jane Harman, Madeleine Albright, Eric Holder, James Baker and Margaret Spellings.

You can also follow the festival this week on Twitter #aif09.

>>Update: Bloomberg TV will be covering the Aspen Ideas Festival with Erik Schatzker reporting live.

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