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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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    Veterans' Health Care and Benefits

    Witnesses, including Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson, testified at a hearing on the implementation and future of the Veterans Choice program, which allows veterans on waitlists for care at a Veterans Affairs facility to get treatment at private health care providers.

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    Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

    Officials from the federal, state and local levels testified on legislation called the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR) that would authorize all school meal and nutrition programs. The witnesses addressed issues relating to program operations, oversight, waste, fraud, and abuse, and the importance of early childhood nutrition.

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    McFadden v. United States Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in McFadden v. United States. At issue in the case was whether, in order to convict someone under the Controlled Substances Analogue Act, the government must prove a defendant knew the substance was “substantially similar” to a controlled substance.

    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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    Glossip v. Gross Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Glossip v. Gross. The case concerns whether the use of the drug midazolam in lethal injection executions violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The case was brought by Oklahoma death-row inmates who allege that the sedative called midazolam, the first drug of the three-drug protocol, does not work as intended, resulting in extremely painful death.

    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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    Johnson v. United States Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Johnson v. United States. The case concerns whether possession of a short-barreled shotgun could be considered a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Samuel James Johnson argued that possession alone of a short-barreled shotgun was not inherently violent, unlike the other violent felonies listed in the ACCA. The United States asserted that possession of a short-barreled shotgun was a violent felony because the possession of a dangerous weapon greatly increases the likelihood that a possessor will injure or kill others.

    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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    FAA Reauthorization and Airline Safety

    Officials from several aviation safety agencies testified at a hearing on reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Topics included pilot fatigue and training, regulations for regional aviation, and pilot compensation. Retired airline captain Chesley Sullenberger argued that pilots were in short supply because the pay was low at the regional level.

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    Supreme Court Oral Argument on State Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges consolidated with three other same-sex marriage cases. The cases on the second question, Obergefell v. Hodges from Ohio and Tanco v. Haslam from Tennessee, concerned whether the 14th Amendment requires a state to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state.

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

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    Supreme Court Oral Argument on Right to Same-Sex Marriage

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges consolidated with three other same-sex marriage cases. The cases on the first question, DeBoer v. Snyder from Michigan and Bourke v. Bashear from Kentucky, concerned whether the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

    There was a brief interruption while a protestor was removed.

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

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    Homeland Security Department Oversight

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified at an oversight hearing on his agency’s priorities. Topics included the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, border security, President Obama’s executive actions, cybersecurity, and combating extremism.

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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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