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    Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question: Did Nebraska violate a compact apportioning the water resources of the Republican River among Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado?

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    Holt v. Hobbs Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Holt v. Hobbs. The case involved the issue of whether an Arkansas prison policy barring a Muslim inmate from growing a beard violated his freedom of religious expression. Attorney Douglas Laycock argued on behalf of the inmate.

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    Heien v. North Carolina Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Heien v. North Carolina. At issue in the case was whether a police officer’s “mistake of law” was legal justification under the 4th Amendment for a traffic stop and subsequent search. 

    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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    North Carolina Senate Debate

    Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-NC) met in their second debate in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. 

    The debate was hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation at the UNC-TV studio in Research Triangle Park.

    Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation.

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    West Africa Ebola Outbreak

    Federal health officials and health workers testified at a joint hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its possible risk to the U.S. According to the World Health Organization the outbreak was in five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Congo.Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the virus in July 2014 while working in Liberia with the group Samaritan’s Purse, told the committees that he requested international aid well before he contracted the disease but was ignored until he and a colleague became ill.

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    Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on ISIS Threat

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on President Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS* militants. Secretary Hagel outlined the administration’s approach that includes expanded airstrikes, additional U.S. personnel in Iraq, and training Syrian rebel forces opposed to ISIS. General Dempsey said he supports the president’s strategy but added that if building a coalition fails, his recommendations could include ground forces.

    The hearing was briefly interrupted throughout by protestors.

    Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) spoke with reporters for several minutes after the hearing ended. 

    *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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    Supreme Court 2014 Term Preview

    A panel of U.S. Supreme Court observers, including attorneys who had argued before the court, discussed the 2014 term of the high court which would begin in October, and what cases were likely to be taken up by the nine justices. Topics included the dynamics of the court under Chief Justice Roberts. They also reflected on decisions issued in the most recent term.

    “The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term” was a Smithsonian Associates program held in the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

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    Veterans' Health Care System

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the overall state of the VA health care system and the findings of an investigation into the Phoenix, Arizona, VA medical center center where employees altered patient waiting lists.

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    North Carolina Senate Debate

    North Carolina Senate candidates Senator Kay Hagan (D) and Thom Tillis (R) debated various issues. This was their first debate, held in the UNC-TV studio. Courtesy of North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

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    Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts talked about the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. He spoke about why there was a need for the Magna Carta, how it helped to shape a young and growing America, and its significance today. He spoke at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Boston.