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    Rick Santorum Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He talked about his agenda for jobs, the economy, fighting terrorism, and veterans. After his speech he was heard mingling with the crowd at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pennsylvania.

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    Soccer Corruption Indictments

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a statement on the Justice Department’s 47-count indictment against 14 soccer officials and sports executives, including nine FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) officials, over allegations of corruption, bribery, money laundering, and fraud. She began the investigation as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and was joined by her successor, FBI Director Comey, and IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Weber. They responded to questions from reporters. 
    Attorney General Lynch began her remarks with a call on the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act.

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    Hillary Clinton in Columbia, South Carolina

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made her first visit to South Carolina for her 2016 campaign. She highlighted her goals for achieving equal pay for women and talked about broadening the middle class and being a champion for working class Americans.

    This speech at the Columbia Marriott Hotel was the keynote address at the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council’s Third Annual Day in Blue.

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    State Opening of Parliament

    Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the formal start of the new parliamentary session. Her speech, written by the new Conservative-majority government, outlined the priorities for the coming year and covered further devolution plans for Scotland, a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, and immigration policy.

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    Vice President Biden on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its implications for European security. The vice president said that helping Ukraine to defend against and deter Russian aggression was critical to preventing further aggression in the future. He harshly criticized the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said the U.S. and Russia should continue to cooperate on areas of clear mutual interest, such as Iran’s nuclear program and combating ISIL.*

    * 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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    Retirement Savings Protections

    Jeffrey Zients spoke about the Department of Labor’s proposed new rules to protect workers' retirement savings. The rules would be similar to but more flexible than a 2010 proposal that was withdrawn by the Labor Department after complaints from Wall Street institutions. 

    Following Mr. Zients' keynote speech, a panel of current and former regulators, financial officers, and lawyers participated in a discussion about the potential policies. They focused on the protections they could afford, and the potential unintended consequences that could result from their implementation. Former Representative Bentsen made concluding remarks.

    “Champions, Critics and Consequences of a New Fiduciary Standard” was held at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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    Reducing Carbon Emissions

    The World Resources Institute released Delivering on the U.S. Climate Commitment: A 10-Point Plan Toward a Low-Carbon Future at the National Press Club. Panelists talked about the possibilities of meeting the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 without economic hardship.

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    Future of NATO

    Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talked about the challenges facing NATO and the ways in which the transatlantic alliance must adapt to address future threats. He discussed Russian aggression against Ukraine and what he calls Russia’s “nuclear sabre rattling” in the region as destabilizing and dangerous. After his remarks he responded to questions from Ms. Conley and members of the audience.

    This was a Statesmen’s Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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    Criminal Justice System

    Speakers including Michael Botticelli talked about ways in which alternatives to incarceration could be effective at deterring criminal activity. Mr. Botticelli also spoke briefly about his former addiction to alcohol, and his personal experience interacting with the criminal justice system when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

    They spoke at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Symposium.

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    Senator Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Many supporters led up to the senator’s speech at the rally in Waterfront Park on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Senator Sanders outlined all the issues he would like to focus on in his campaign, including campaign finance reform, poverty, raising the minimum wage, Wall Street reform, tax policy, climate change, and health care reform.

    There were brief signal losses at the end of the senator’s speech.