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    Q&A with Don Ritchie and Ray Smock, Part 2

    Senate Historian Emeritus Donald Ritchie and former House Historian Raymond Smock talked about the history of the House and Senate, including the leaders, characters, legislation, and scandals. They also compared the 114th Congress to those of past eras. The program included video clips of House and Senate members throughout the years.

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    Q&A with Evan Thomas

    Evan Thomas talked about his book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided, about the life and career of Richard Nixon. In his book, Mr. Thomas explores President Nixon’s early years and family life, his courtship and marriage to wife Pat, the inner turmoil he experienced throughout his life, and his relationships with political advisers, friends, and staff.

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    Positive Train Control

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the status of positive train control (PTC) implementation on U.S. railroad networks by the December 31, 2015, deadline. PTC describes the technologies designed to automatically stop or slow down a train to prevent certain types of accidents.

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    Q&A with Stephen Puleo

    Stephen Puleo talked about his book, The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, about Senator Charles Sumner’s 1856 speech vilifying slave owners and his subsequent caning on the Senate floor by Representative Preston Brooks. Brooks struck Sumner more than thirty times on the head, face, and shoulders, shattering his cane. Mr. Puleo talked about the personal stories of the two men, and the impact of this event over the next four years.

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    Financial Stability Oversight Council 2015 Report

    Secretary Jack Lew testified at a hearing on the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) annual report. The report includes information on financial regulatory developments and potential threats to the U.S. financial system. Secretary Lew took questions on the economy, U.S. debt, and financial regulations.

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    Q&A with Dr. Patrick O'Gara

    Dr. Patrick O’Gara talked about advances in heart surgery, progress in understanding heart health and heart diseases, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on doctors and patients. He also spoke about his family and career.

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    Housing and Urban Development Department Oversight

    Secretary Julian Castro testifies at a hearing on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s priorities, budget, operations, and programs. Topics included veterans' homelessness, affordable housing, public housing, and ensuring responsible buyers have access to credit.