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    Washington Journal Program 04/18/2014

    The “Washington Journal” spotlighted Virginia Tech University’s Kentland Experimental Aerial System Laboratory and spoke with faculty about their unmanned aircraft research and drone testing by the Federal Aviation Administration. The show is LIVE each morning beginning at 7am (ET).

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    Overview of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS)

    The Washington Post’s technology reporter Brian Fung provided an overview of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS).

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    Filibuster Reform 2014

    Max Foley-Keene, Anna O’Driscoll, and Paul Bass' Filibuster Reform 2014 was one of the high school East Division second prize-winners in C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam video documentary contest. They were 10th graders at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam video documentary contest is an annual national competition in which middle and high school students produce a documentary on a specific theme. In the 2014 contest, participants were asked, “What’s the most important issue Congress should consider in 2014?”

    The local cable company was Comcast.

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    Kalb Report with Justices Antonia Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about their views of the First Amendment and the origins and contemporary meanings of freedom.

    This program was part of the “The Kalb Report,” produced by the George Washington University’s Global Media Institute in partnership with the National Press Club and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

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    Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International. At issue in the case was whether an abstract idea can be patented -- in this case, a computer-run electronic escrow service for financial transactions. The case provided a new test of the Patent Act’s most basic provision: what kinds of inventions are patentable. One of the long-standing exceptions was that an abstract idea can never be patented. 

    This program is the audio recording released by the court. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Supreme Court Decision on Patent Law

    gave an overview of the Supreme Court case Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International. At issue was whether an abstract idea can be patented -- in this case, a computer-run electronic escrow service for financial transactions. 

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    C-SPAN - 35 Years - 2006

    In celebration of the 35th anniversary of C-SPAN, a video clip was shown from the yearly timeline of memorable moments in the House of Representatives.

    Democrats regained control in the 2006 elections and on December 8, 2006, outgoing Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert gave a valedictory address from the well of the House.

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Marie Harf briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international issues.

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    Syrian Civil War and Humanitarian Aid

    Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford talked about humanitarian efforts in Syria. Mr. Miliband urged members of the United Nations Security Council to appoint a humanitarian envoy to Syria. Ambassador Ford in his comments said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was the root cause of the conflict in the country and the fate of the nation was tied to the fate of Assad. Both leaders said that policy and politics often get in the way of humanitarian efforts. The program included questions from audience members.

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    U.S. Public Diplomacy

    P.J. Crowley talked about the importance of diplomatic efforts to help the U.S. image abroad and boost public opinion. what he called the “U.S. public diplomacy deficit” and how ambassadors could overcome this deficit in the course of their official duties. Regarding Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, he praised President Obama’s handling of the situation and Russian President Putin, saying that President Obama had used his limited options “effectively.”