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    Q&A with Judith Miller

    Judith Miller talked about her book The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, in which she chronicles her reporting leading up to the American invasion in Iraq in 2003. She talked about what she got right and wrong about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program, as well as her experiences during her 85-day imprisonment in a federal jail. Ms. Miller was sent to jail in 2005 for refusing to disclose the source for some of her stories, later revealed to be Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. Ms. Miller also expressed her views of the New York Times and the people who played a role in her departure from the paper.

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    Book Discussion on Democracy in the Dark

    Frederick A.O. Schwarz talked about his book, Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy, about the debate over secrecy and transparency in the U.S. government. In his book, Mr. Schwarz argues that the American public and government should give greater consideration to the dangers of secrecy. Steven Aftergood, Carrie Cordero, Lucy Dalglish, Barton Gellman, and Charlie Savage provided commentary.

    “Government and the Fourth Estate” took place on April 8, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and was sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice.

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    Reconstruction and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Professor Michael Ross talked about the role of the Supreme Court during Reconstruction. He spoke about the tensions between President Andrew Johnson and the Republican-controlled Congress, the short-lived period of Southern black legislatures, and how hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan used the 14th Amendment to promote white supremacy. He was introduced by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    This speech was one in a series of four on Reconstruction hosted by the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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    Religious Freedom in Early America

    Panelists talked about how Christianity and other religious traditions, such as those of the Native Americans and Mormons, clashed in early America.

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    Hugh Hewitt's April 2015 Reading List

    The list of books recommended by Hugh Hewitt was shown.

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    Newsmakers with Senator Sherrod Brown

    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talked about U.S. trade policy, splits among both Democratic and Republican senators, as well as regulation of Wall Street financial institutions and the future of the Dodd-Frank law. Senator Brown was an opponent of the trade promotion authority bill passed that week by the Senate Finance Committee. Trade promotion authority, or “fast-track” authority, gives the president the ability to negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend.

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    Police Shootings in the U.S.

    Peter Moskos talked about his efforts to provide data on the number of police shootings in the U.S. as well as the race of those who are both shot by and who shoot police. He also discussed varying police shooting rates by state.

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    2016 Progressive Agenda

    Cenk Uygur talked about the progressive agenda for the 2016 elections. Topics included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s entry into the 2016 presidential race, and the role progressives hope to play in the election.

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    U.S. Aircraft Carrier off the Coast of Yemen

    Asher Orkaby talked about the U.S. aircraft carrier that was shadowing a convoy of Iranian cargo ships off the coast of Yemen. He also discussed the latest in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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    Judy Kurtz on the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

    Judy Kurtz, speaking by phone, talked about the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which was held the previous evening. Ms. Kurtz writes The Hill's “In the Know” column.