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Rob Kennedy's MyC-SPAN

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    Veterans and the Criminal Justice System

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Veterans Court Conference.

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    Investments in Science and Innovation

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) held a forum on strengthening investments in scientific research as a way to grow the economy and create jobs. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was the first presenter, and he was followed by a panel of researchers and academics. 

    This event was part of a series of forums organized by Senator Warren and Representative Cummings, their Middle Class Prosperity Project.

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    John Kirby briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international topics, including Turkey’s response to a recent bomb attack by ISIS* militants.

    * 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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    Secretary of State John Kerry on Human Trafficking Report

    The State Department released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which evaluates the efforts of countries around the world to fight slavery. Cuba and Malaysia were removed from the TIP “black list.” This was the 15th TIP report, and included narratives from 188 countries and territorities.

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    Housing Assistance for Low-Income Families

    Emily Badger talked about rental assistance provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to low-income Americans and a HUD effort to encourage municipalities to reduce housing segregation.

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    Senate Debate on Highway Funding Bill

    The Senate debated a highway and transit funding bill ahead of a procedural vote on the measure.

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    Immigration Policy

    Marc Rosenblum talked about ongoing congressional controvery over “sanctuary cities.” "Sanctuary cities" are jurisdictions around the country that have polices to shelter illegal immigrants and do not use local resources to enforce federal immigration laws. Mr. Rosenblum also discussed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments on immigration.

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    Highway Trust Fund

    Bud Wright talked about the role of the highway trust fund and legislative efforts to fund it before it runs out of money at the end July.

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    Senator Ted Cruz's Criticism of Senator Mitch McConnell

    Manu Raju spoke by phone about Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in debate over amendments included in a transportation funding bill.