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    Attorney General Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

    Journalists, attorneys, law enforcement officials, and others testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day nomination hearings for Loretta Lynch’s nomination to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. . Witnesses included colleagues who have worked with her and others who were testifying in opposition actions of current Attorney General Eric Holder or Obama administration policies.

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    Democratic Senators on Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

    Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke to reporters following a vote to limit debate on a bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. They also responded to questions on the upcoming Senate agenda.

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    Federal Highway and Transit Programs

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and others testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on reauthorizing federal highway and transit programs.

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    Attorney General Confirmation Hearing, Day 1, Part 1

    Loretta Lynch testified about her nomination for U.S. attorney general and her qualifications for the position. Among the topics she addressed were immigration, National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, tensions between local law enforcement and communities, presidential executive orders, and the type of relationship she hoped to have with Congress. Ms. Lynch was introduced by New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer.

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    Housing Finance

    Federal Housing Finance Director Mel Watt testified before the House Financial Services Committee about housing finance and funding efforts to open up more access to lending for potential home buyers for affordable housing. 

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    Q&A with Andrew Keen

    Andrew Keen talked about The Internet is Not the Answer. In the book he wrote about his objections to what he considers the overuse of technology in U.S. society, the creation of what he calls false communities through social networking, and other thoughts on the value of the Internet. He also talked about the history of Silicon Valley and the tech world, the collection and use of consumer personal data via social networking and other Internet sites, and what he thinks a regular user of the Internet should know before visiting different Web sites.

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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Undersecretary of State David Cohen testified on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear arms program. Members focused on the status of the talks, the role Congress should play, and whether new sanctions should be imposed on Iran while the negotiations continue.

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    Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about his history and changing roles at the National Institute of Health (NIH). In 1984, he became the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as the AIDS virus began to show up in the U.S. population. He described the challenges of fighting that disease and others over the course of his tenure, from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the bird and swine flu epidemics, and most recently the outbreak of Ebola. Dr. Fauci also discussed his personal life growing up in Brooklyn, meeting his wife, his relationships with different U.S. presidents, and NIAID’s work to combat future infectious disease outbreaks.

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    House Rules Committee Markup Meeting

    The House Rules Committee met to consider rules for debate on several bills. One of them was a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that included amendments blocking President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Members also considered a financial regulation bill that would delay implementation of part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations law, specifically the Volcker Rule that aims to prevent big banks from risky trades.

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    Q&A with Dick Lehr

    Dick Lehr talked about his book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, about the 1915 movie of the same title. The film by D.W. Griffith was shown to President Woodrow Wilson at the White House and across the nation despite attempts by African-American Civil Rights advocate and newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter and others to stop it. Trotter took Griffith to task for his portrayal in the film of African-Americans in the post-Civil War era.