At 70, I’m on the national agenda. Kind of. As the White House Conference on Aging convenes this week in Washington, a fleet of experts will be talking about people my age. This once-every-decade conference aims to make recommendations to the president and Congress that “promote the dignity, health, and economic security of older Americans.” When the first WHCOA met, I was in high school; it’s no surprise that I paid no attention. On the other hand, nine days later, when President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” I listened hard.
And then, I took up his challenge. As a young lawyer, I was part of a generation of women fighting for equality — challenging discrimination in our laws, policies, and institutions. As an advocate, I worked to stem gun violence. After experiencing how litigation can impede practical solutions, I wen...
18:04 With his presidency off course, Trump confronts the lessons of the health-care debacle21
22:04 London, Donald Trump, Keystone Pipeline: Your Evening Briefing30
17:22 Google Maps lets you share your location, trips in real time24
14:54 The Daily 202: Antonin Scalia’s ghost casts a long shadow over Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court hearing45