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    Open Phones on Santorum Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments following former Senator Rick Santorum’s (R-PA) presidential campaign announcement.

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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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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Jeff Rathke responded to reporters' questions on a variety of foreign affairs topics.

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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 ISIS.*

    * 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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    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.

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    Retirement Savings Protections

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 The proposed rules are similar to but more flexible than a 2010 proposal that was withdrawn by the Labor Department after complaints from Wall Street institutions.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

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    Obama Administration Carbon Emissions Goals

    Panelists talked about the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

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    Police Department Reform Efforts

    Simone Weichselbaum talked about her work covering criminal justice issues for the Marshall Project. The Marshall Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on criminal justice investigative news. Among the subjects the discussed were the reasons and past efforts to reform local police departments have not been effective.

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    Bipartisanship in Congress

    Former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) talked about his work at the Lugar Center, including the development of a rating system to track bipartisanship in Congress.