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    Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans on whether the State of Texas’s refusal to issue license plates displaying the Confederate flag violated the First Amendment. At issue was whether messages and images that appear on state-issued specialty license plates qualify as government speech immune from any requirement of viewpoint neutrality or if Texas discriminated against the Sons of Confederate Veterans when it rejected their design.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Margaret Hamburg Remarks

    Outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg talked about lessons learned during her time at the regulatory agency. She spoke about food and drug safety, advancements in regulatory science, and the impact of globalization on drug products and the food supply. Dr. Hamburg was expected to step down at the end of March 2015.

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    Voting Access and Election Administration

    Panelists talked about various aspects of the voting process in federal elections. They also discussed the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s 2014 report and recommendations. The commission was formed in 2014 by President Obama to improve the voting experience and provide better access to polls.

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    Newsmakers with Jennifer Horn and Jeff Kaufmann

    Jennifer Horn and Jeff Kaufmann, the Republican Party chairs of New Hampshire and Iowa, talked about the roles of their states in vetting presidential candidates, preparation for the 2016 elections, the candidates circulating in Iowa and New Hampshire so far, and the issues and groups to watch in their respective states. Ms. Horn spoke via video link from Manchester, New Hampshire, and Mr. Kaufmann spoke via video link from Johnston, Iowa. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed their responses with the host.

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    U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Terrorists

    Retired General John Allen, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter *ISIL, was joined by two Defense Department officials in testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the U.S. strategy and coalition efforts to defeat the militant Islamic group. Topics included the use of airstrikes, ground troops, and the new authorization for use of military force (AUMF).

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Jeff Rathke briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international topics.

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    Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

    Panelists talked about the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, also known as “doc fix,” for paying doctors who treat Medicare patients.  Panelists included the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation acting deputy director. This discussion came as the House of Representatives the previous day passed a permanent “doc fix” bill.

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    Senator Harry Reid Retirement Announcement

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced in a video statement that he would not seek reelection in 2016. Senator Reid said that his exercise accident in January 2015 made him think about his priorities. He also said that he wanted to focus on getting Democrats elected to the Senate instead of using those resources for his own reelection.

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    Union Membership

    Michael Horrigan and Lydia DePillis talked about a report on private and public sector union membership rates, which showed union membership fell about 20 percent between 1983 and 2014.

    This program was part of Washington Journal’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.

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    Issues Facing Fraternities

    Ian Tuttle talked about his National Review cover story on sexual assault and hazing incidents at college fraternities and their impact on the future of fraternities and sororities on American college campuses. Mr. Tuttle spoke via video link from New York.