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    Senator Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Many supporters led up to the senator’s speech at the rally in Waterfront Park on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Senator Sanders outlined all the issues he would like to focus on in his campaign, including campaign finance reform, poverty, raising the minimum wage, Wall Street reform, tax policy, climate change, and health care reform.

    There were brief signal losses at the end of the senator’s speech.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to their questions on a variety of subjects. Topics included the importance of the Senate passing the USA FREEDOM Act to re-authorization of expiring PATRIOT Act provisions and recent comments by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter about the Iraqi military’s ability to combat ISIL.* Other topics included the floods in Texas.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Pending Supreme Court Cases

    Kimberly Robinson talked about pending Supreme Court rulings for the 2014-15 term. Topics includes cases on same-sex marriage, Affordable Care Act health care subsidies, threats made on social media, and lethal injection drugs.

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Jeff Rathke responded to reporters' questions on a variety of foreign affairs topics, including the Middle East peace process and the closed-door espionage trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.

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    National Memorial Day Observance

    President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to commemorate Memorial Day. Then, he and Defense Secretary Carter spoke at a remembrance ceremony at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony included prayers, honoring the colors, and music by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The president’s arrival was announced by a 21-gun salute.

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    Legacy of the Vietnam War

    Marvin and Deborah Kalb, co-authors of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama, talked about the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the conflict’s impact on politics, policy, and the role of Congress and the presidency. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including a telephone line reserved for Vietnam veterans. A video clip was shown of a May 26, 1975, “NBC News Special Report” documenting the April 30, 1975, capture of Saigon,

    Live scenes of Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day were shown in the background.

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    Veterans' Issues

    Bill Rausch talked about issues affecting veterans, including employment and mental health, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs under the leadership of Secretary Robert McDonald. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including a telephone line reserved for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. A video clip of House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) speaking May 20, 2015, was shown.

    Live scenes of Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day were shown in the background.

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    President Obama Remarks at Adas Israel

    President Obama delivered remarks to the Adas Israel Congregation in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. The president spoke about the security of Israel, saying “our commitment to Israel’s security, and my commitment to Israel’s security, is and always will be unshakeable.” He also reiterated his support for a two-state solution, saying "just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people on their land as well.

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    Book Discussion on Who Built That

    Michelle Malkin talked about her book, Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs, as well as the 2016 presidential election and the divide between conservatives and liberals in the U.S.

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    Hillary Clinton Roundtable in New Hampshire

    Hillary Clinton held a roundtable discussion with members of the local small business community at Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire. She focused on ideas to expand small businesses in New Hampshire, including cutting red tape for small businesses and entrepreneurs, expanding access to capital, tax relief and tax simplification for small businesses, and expanding access to new markets. She then took questions from reporters on topics including the release of e-mails from her time as Secretary of State.

    This program ends abruptly.