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    Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. The case addresses low-income housing and the Fair Housing Act, which bars discrimination in home sales and rentals.

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    Weekly Republican Address

    Republican Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) delivered the weekly Republican address. She discussed solutions to lower costs and expand opportunity for middle-class families, including a plan she introduced during the week to protect college savings.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He described the progress the economy had made, and talked about how the economic goals of the middle-class would be furthered by the budget he would be presenting to Congress during the coming week.

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    1944 Film A Challenge to Democracy

    This film documents the living conditions of Japanese Americans held in Internment Camps in Arkansas and Wyoming during World War II. The film also shows the contributions of Japanese soldiers fighting in the 442nd Combat Team in Europe during the same war. The film was produced by the War Relocation Authority.

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    Civil Rights Concerns at Immigration Detention Facilities

    Representatives from human rights and civil liberties advocacy groups discussed the nation’s immigration detention facilities. Topics included the conditions in the facilities, recommendations for improving immigration detention, and the use of alternate methods as well as reducing scope of the entire system.

    “Civil Rights Concerns Associated with Immigration Detention Facilities” was the fourth panel of “The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities,” a public briefing held by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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    Efforts to Regulate the Payday Loan Industry

    Dennis Shaul talked about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s efforts to regulate the payday loan industry. He talked about why lenders such as the members of the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA) think that regulation should remain in states' hands.

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    Drone Safety and Regulation

    Jack Nicas talked by remote video from Chicago about increased efforts to regulate usage of drones in the United States following the crash of a recreational drone on the White House lawn. Topics included concerns about criminals and terrorist using drone technology and an update on regulation of the commercial uses of drones. Some video clips of drones were shown.

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    Political Campaign Donors

    Kenneth Vogel talked about campaign spending strategies for the 2016 presidential race, focusing on the largest donors and the political action committee’s they were expected to be donating to. Topics included the recent announcement that Koch brother-backed groups would spend nearly $1 billion during the election cycle. He also discussed his book, Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp -- on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics .

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    Josh Kraushaar on Romney Presidential Announcement

    National Journal political editor Josh Kraushaar was interviewed by telephone about former Governor Mitt Romney’s announcement the previous day that he would not undertake a third presidential campaign. Topics included former Governor Romney’s meeting with Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) the previous evening and the possibility of him endorsing another candidate.