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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.

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    Q&A with Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman

    Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, director of PharmedOut, talked about the organization, the money made by the pharmaceutical industry, the advertising the industry produces, how pharmaceutical companies lobby Congress, and how they try to influence doctors. PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center watchdog project. Its goals are to educate physicians and the public about the marketing practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

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    Federal Law Enforcement Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Requests

    Leaders of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the agencies' fiscal year 2016 budget requests. Topics included stopping human trafficking and the rise in the use of heroin, particularly in the Northeast as well as terrorism threats, cyber-attacks, and financial fraud.

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    Proposed Carbon Dioxide Emission Rules

    Environmental regulation officials from five states testified about their problems and successes dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon dioxide emissions rules for existing power plants.

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    Q&A with David Stewart

    David O. Stewart talked about his book Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, in which he explores the role that James Madison played in the founding of the U.S. In his book, Mr. Stewart discusses Madison' friendships and political partnerships with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, and James Monroe.

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    Congressional Black Caucus on Ferguson, Missouri, Investigation

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke to reporters about the release that day of the results of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Although there was nothing actionable about that incident, the investigation concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and municipal court engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African Americans.

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    Q&A with Anthony Batts

    Anthony Batts talked about the challenges of policing the city of Baltimore, Maryland, tensions between the community and the police force, issues of police brutality, and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the practices of his department. He also spoke about the declining murder and crime rates in the city and his initiatives in the coming year. Commissioner Batts also discussed growing up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles, his past experiences as a beat officer and police chief in Long Beach, California, and his tenure as chief of police in Oakland.

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    Attorney General Nomination Vote

    The Senate Judiciary Committee met in executive session to consider and vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, as well as legislation under its jurisdiction. The committee voted 12-8 to approve the nomination.