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    Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx testified on the department’s budget request for fiscal year 2016. Topics included the May 2015 expiration of the Highway Trust Fund, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amtrak, maintaining infrastructure, and security needs.

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    Q&A with Jessica Stern

    Jessica Stern, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, talked about the genesis and growth of the organization, its goals, mission, and methods. She also spoke about the impact of terrorism in the Middle East, and how ISIS* differs from al-Qaeda and other terror groups. The program included clips of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, as well as videos of other terrorist group leaders, recruitment videos used by ISIS, and U.S. State Department produced videos designed to counter the ISIS videos. Ms. Stern also addressed the role that other countries in the Middle East, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, were playing in combating or supporting ISIS.

    This program contains videos that are violent and potentially offensive to viewers.

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

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    Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Markup Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to mark up S. 615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The bill requires that Congress review and approve any agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program. The committee voted unanimously for the bill,

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    Senators Joe Manchin and Dianne Feinstein on Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke to reporters following a closed-door briefing with Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the preliminary framework agreement reached in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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    Q&A With Andrew Ferguson

    Andrew Ferguson talked about the potential Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential election, including Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush. He also spoke about President Obama, cost overruns at the planned Eisenhower Memorial, and the growing number of journalists and pundits in Washington, D.C. He also discussed his writing methods and style, and his career.

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    The Business of Printing Books

    C-SPAN’s book, First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women, was released April 14, 2015. Book TV visited the printing plant in Berryville, Virginia, to see the manufacturing process and to watch the books come off the presses. Berryville Graphics plant general manager Mark Bone talked about the business of printing books.

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    Q&A with U.S. Senate Youth Program

    High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talked about their participation in a week-long government and leadership education program. 104 students were selected from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity program. The students spoke about the highlights of their week, including a meeting with President Obama, and policy addresses by Senators, Cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and directors of other federal agencies.

    The Senate Youth Program was created in 1962, has had over 5,000 participants, and is privately funded by the Hearst Foundations. Participants generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service. Delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and eventual sinking of the ship, focusing on the personal stories of those involved, including the captains of the Lusitania and the German U-Boat, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and a number of the passengers on board. The Lusitania set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, with over 2000 passengers and crew on board. On May 7, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat’s torpedo and sank off the coast of Ireland. Out of the almost 1200 people who died in the sinking, 128 of them were Americans.

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    Q&A with Daniel Bolger

    General Daniel Bolger (Retired) talked about his book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He also spoke about his deployments to the two war zones, the inherent dangers to U.S. troops there, his job commanding the training operations of Iraqi and Afghan police and military forces, and what he believes what went wrong. In addition, General Bolger discussed his views of other generals such as David Patraeus and Stanley McChrystal, and what he thinks we should have done differently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    International Financial System

    Secretary Jack Lew gave the Department of the Treasury’s annual report on the status of the international financial system. Topics discussed included Export-Import Bank renewal, proposed changes to the International Monetary Fund, effects of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law, and efforts to disrupt the financing of *ISIL.

    *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.