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    Washington Journal Program 6/30/2015

    Live daily at 7 a.m. ET, “Washington Journal” is a forum for leading journalists and public policy makers to discuss key events and legislation.

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    Government Debt in Greece and Puerto Rico

    Panelists talked about the debt crises in Greece and Puerto Rico and the effects the could have on the Eurozone and the U.S. economies.

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    Jeb Bush Remarks in Columbia, South Carolina

    Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), 2016 Republican presidential candidate, spoke to employees at Nephron Pharmaceutical Company in West Columbia, South Carolina. He then responded to questions from the press.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of issues. He said that the nuclear talks with Iran would be extended beyond the June 30, 2015, deadline and talked about the Greek debt crisis and Puerto Rico’s acknowledgement that it would be unable to repay its debt. Other topics included the expiring charter of the Export-Import Bank, and the Supreme Court’s Environmental Protection Agency ruling.

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    President Obama Bill Signing Ceremony

    President Obama signed two bills at a ceremony in the White House East Room, H.R. 2146, the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, and H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Expansion Act of 2015. H.R. 1295 allows the president to submit trade pacts for congressional review under a fast-track trade authority that limits legislators' ability to amend the agreements. H.R. 2146 extends the the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which funds a number of worker retraining programs throughout the U.S.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama Remarks on Girls' Access to Education

    First lady Michelle Obama spoke about her Let Girls Learn initiative, a Peace Corps, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and State Department partnership to help adolescent girls worldwide continue learning beyond elementary education levels.

    The first lady spoke at the More Impact Awards Luncheon, held at the Newseum. The first lady was the guest editor of More magazine’s 2015 July/August edition.

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    Former Governor Huckabee at National Sheriffs' Association Conference

    Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, spoke about the importance of respecting and supporting law enforcement and the need to reduce crime rates. Former Governor Huckabee said it was tragic that instead of putting blame on the criminals people were blaming the police officers. He criticizes elected and appointed officials, including the attorney general, for having anti-police sentiments. He said, “It’s never been more dangerous to be a cop.” Other topics addressed included mental health, immigration, border security, and cyber security. 

    This was part of a Presidential Forum at the National Sheriffs' Association’s 75th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition, held at the Hilton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore.

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    U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

    Stephen Kappes and David Ignatius talked about ongoing efforts and challenges of combating *ISIS. Topics included the differences between dealing with the Iraqi and Syrian governments; Iran’s interests in the conflict; other regional partners such as Turkey, Kurdistan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia; and internal problems for the U.S. approach. Tom Sanderson moderated the discussion.

    * 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 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.