New York Social Diary: Debbie’s Week at a Glance - From Hollywood to the Hamptons


It was a quiet weekend in Southampton, small family dinners, punctuated by a The Common Good conversation with Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” and now “The Siege: Trump Under Fire.” Bonnie Lautenberg, widow of Senator Frank Lautenberg, and accomplished photographer, hosted in her lovely Watermill home, filled with her pictures of moments in history, captured during her fascinating life with Frank, and her new series of film stills married with artwork from the same period. To Wolff’s credit, or was it … when asked if he would comment on Epstein (before his demise), he said ‘No’.

Read more about our event with Michael Wolff here, and read the full article here.

New York Social Diary: Debbie’s Week at a Glance - Movie Stars, Birthday Girls, Presidential Candidates, and a Little Razzle Dazzle


Patricia Duff [and I] were hosting a meet and greet with Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts at my house a half hour from then. Patricia is the founder of the non-partisan political organization, The Common Good…I have been a fan of the Congressman and am even more so after meeting him. Young, bright, via Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and their Business School, four tours of duty as a Marine in Iraq, winner of the Bronze Star. And didn’t tell anyone. His family read about it in the paper. Policies based on common sense, reason and experience. And he’s movie star handsome, has a divine, accomplished wife Liz, and perfect, nine-month-old Emmy…Does he have a shot? The Times ran a pictorial, front page story, the day after our event, about his earnest, though not well known enough, candidacy. If not now, someday, for sure. Mark my words.

Read more about our event with Congressman Moulton here, and read the full article here.

New York Social Diary: For the Common Good

The Common Good Forum 2019 was a phenomenal and inspiring day. Our experts led thought-provoking discussions on the most significant ideas and issues in the news today. Our awardees were moving and uplifting. While many of our speakers warned us of the challenges ahead, our awardees reminded us of the best of the American spirit. New York Social Diary was also present and took note of the day:


On Friday, May 10th at The Roosevelt Hotel, The Common Good, along with founder Patricia Duff, presented the fifth annual Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards, New York’s premiere ideas and issues forum, presenting headline issues and the most important, forward-looking ideas affecting public policy.

After a lively discussion on the rule of law, corruption and the abuse of power, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara received the American Spirit Award for Distinguished Public Service and Magnitsky Act Advocate Bill Browder received the American Spirit Award for Citizen Activism.

NBC News’ Tom Brokaw presented the Courage in Journalism Award to Lesley Stahl and Sir Harry Evans in a moving tribute and discussion featuring the three renowned journalists.

Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC Host; Former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO); Senator Doug Jones (D-AL); Former Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT); Former Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY); Ari Melber, MSNBC Host; Nicole Austin-Hillery, Human Rights Watch Executive Director; Former Deputy Secretary of State Ambassador Bill Burns; Former NATO Ambassador Nicholas Burns; Alan Schwartz, Guggenheim Partners CEO; Michael Waldman, Brennan Center Chief; and Former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA), Woodrow Wilson Center CEO also spoke at the event, along with several other top world leaders.

Teenage climate change activists Alexandria Villasenor and Jamie Margolin were each presented with a $2,500 scholarship, known as the Changemaker Scholarship, for their dedication to the fight for global climate change policies.

- New York Social Diary staff writer, READ MORE

RealClearPolitics: Laurence Tribe - Impeachment Isn't The Only Way To Unseat A Terrible President

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After The Common Good hosted a successful evening of rousing discussion between expert Harvard legal scholar Dr. Laurence Tribe and host of The Circus John Heilemann, the press was quick to take note of Dr. Tribe’s insightful takes on a potential constitutional crisis at bay. RealClearPolitics reported on the preliminary discussion that Dr. Tribe and Heilemann had, and what Dr. Tribe had to say about the necessity, or lack thereof, of impeachment.


Showtime's "The Circus" host John Heilemann sits with Harvard Law Professor and author, Laurence Tribe, to discuss his views on impeachment, the Justice Department, and whether or not a sitting president can be indicted.

"Imagine, for example, a president who bribed enough members of the House not to be impeached, or enough members of the Senate to ensure he wouldn't be convicted. In that scenario, saying, oh well, the remedy for an out of control president is impeachment and removal and that is all, effectively gives him a blank check to become an autocrat. So there is effectively no good case for saying that president can't possibly be indicted," Tribe explained.

"The reason is that impeachment is not a magic wand, you don't just wave it and then voila, he's not there. You have to worry about the Senate will do, you have to worry about how the nation will react... You can't remove a president when only 40% of the people believe he should be removed. Therefore you have to ask, what do we do in that circumstance? Maybe we take advantage of the uprising of political energy and hope for a result in 2020 that overwhelmingly repudiates him. Impeachment isn't the only way to be rid of a terrible president."

- RealClearPolitics reporter Tim Hanes, READ MORE