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    In Depth with Medea Benjamin

    Medea Benjamin talked about her life and career and responded to viewer calls and questions. Her most recent book is Drone Warfare. Other books include Stop the Next War and The Greening of the Revolution].

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    National Urban League Conference

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, former Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz opened the daily White House briefing with a guest appearance to answer reporters' questions about the Iran nuclear agreement. Then Press Secretary Josh Earnest and responded to questions on a variety of topics.

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    Highway Funding Extension Bill Signing

    President Obama signed a three-month funding extension for highway and mass transit programs, criticizing Congress for what he called a “hand-to-mouth” approach to funding the nation’s transportation needs which he said freezes construction projects and creates uncertainty. He called on Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass a multi-year highway funding bill and reauthorize the expired Export-Import Bank charter.

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    Military Technology

    Technology industry representatives talked about the military’s use of technologies such as drones, robotics, and 3-D printing, and their potential applications for and by the U.S. military. The panelists also discussed the disconnect between the rate of technology development and the current system by which the government and congress work with private industry to establish and oversee defense department contracts.

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    Newsmakers with Senator Richard Shelby

    Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Senate Banking Committee, talked about the banking system since the implementation of financial regulatory reform. Senator Shelby said the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law July 21, 2010, had encouraged banks to grow larger and more concentrated, instead of reducing risk. He also discussed the fate of the Export-Import Bank and policies under Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Other topics included “sanctuary” cities and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He also said that there was to a higher level of tension in Congress than he had seen before. The number of senators running for president was one factor he thought contributed. He added that Senator Bob Dole managed the Senate well as leader. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.