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    Q&A with Michael Witmore

    Michael Witmore talked about his role as director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as the library’s function, funding, mission, and repository of the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. The library is funded largely by private donations, but also receives money from Congress. Mr. Witmore spoke about how politicians have used Shakespeare as part of their oratory on both the House and the Senate floors as well as during campaigns. Mr. Witmore also discussed the life and writings of William Shakespeare. The program included video clips of both Republicans and Democrats quoting Shakespeare.

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    Terrorism Financing

    The House Financial Services Committee Terrorist Financing Task Force held a hearing on combating the financing of terrorist groups and threats from transnational organized crime networks. Witnesses provided recommendations for targeting these networks and cutting off funding from illicit oil sales, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

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    Transportation Security Administration Confirmation Hearing

    Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger testified at a hearing on his nomination to be Homeland Security assistant secretary and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator. Among the subjects he answered questions on were TSA challenges, vulnerabilities, and breaches; rail issues; emerging threats and information sharing; and TSA interactions with the public. The nominee was introduced by Representative Janice Hahn (D-CA).

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    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    State Department officials Roberta Jacobson and Thomas Shannon testified at a hearing on U.S.-Cuba relations. Topics included policy objectives, human rights, Cuban economic reforms, and what demands the U.S. expected to make of Cuba to return to normal foreign relations. Assistant Secretary Jacobson said having an Ambassador and full diplomatic relations would allow for a bilateral relationship, and help take care of an increasing number of American travelers expected to visit Cuba.

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    Q&A with Astronaut Chris Hadfield

    Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, veteran of three missions on the International Space Station and author several books on the experience including You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, talked about life in space and life on earth. He also spoke about the different countries who fund and run the International Space Station, and how the cooperative venture works. In conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency, Mr. Hadfield produced numerous videos from the space station to better inform the public about what life in space is like and how space station funding is used. This program included a number of his videos.

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    Financial Data Security

    Banking and retail industry group officials testified at a hearing on financial data security issues. The witnesses answered questions on such issues as protection of consumer data and liability when a data breach occurs.

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    Rail Regulatory Issues

    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on rail regulatory issues. The hearing occurred the morning after a May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

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    Q&A with Kate Andersen Brower

    Kate Andersen Brower talked about her book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, about the White House and the first family’s private lives as seen through the eyes of the residence’s staff. She spoke about staff members' stories of first families and the challenges of writing the book.

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    Defense Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified about the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. Secretary Carter discussed the negative effects of budget cuts from sequestration and urged for a long-term solution for defense funding. General Dempsey addressed the challenges of creating a humanitarian safe zone in Syria, combating ISIS*, Iran’s nuclear program, Afghanistan operations, and aggression by China and Russia.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), 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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    Q&A with Walter Pincus

    Walter Pincus talked about the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, U.S.-Israel relations, and defense department spending and budget sequestration. He also spoke about the 2003 war in Iraq, his career at the Washington Post, and his forthcoming book.