[alt text]

runetic's MyC-SPAN

  • [alt text]

    Urban Riots

    Panelists talked about the history and causes of urban riots, such as historic ones in Watts and recent ones in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. Topics included the differences between rioting, rebelling, protesting, and other forms of resistance and differences in how cities responded to the unrest, including policing methods.

    “Can Urban Riots Cause Change?” was a “Thinking L.A.” event co-presented by UCLA and Zocalo Public Square held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Grand Avenue.

  • [alt text]

    Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

    Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and advocates held a press conference ahead of a procedural vote on a bill to repeal federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They talked about the various roles Planned Parenthood filled in the health care of women.

  • [alt text]

    Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the details of the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran and its enforcement.

  • [alt text]

    Immigration Enforcement

    Family members of murder victims where the accused was in the U.S. illegally testified at a hearing on immigration enforcement. Immigration officials comprised the second group of witnesses. 

    Peter Steinle, whose daughter Kate Steinle was shot and killed on the San Francisco pier earlier in summer 2015, called on Congress to approve legislation to remove undocumented felons from U.S. streets. Police say the gunman had had several previous run-ins with the law and been deported multiple times.

  • [alt text]

    Encryption Technology and Terrorism

    FBI Director James Comey testified on new encryption technologies and the challenge the pose to law enforcement and counterterrorism operations. He specifically talked about how ISIS* uses encryption and social media for planning and recruitment. He also addressed addressed the computer glitches experienced by the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal, saying there was no indication of a cyber intrusion. 

    * 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.

  • [alt text]

    70th Anniversary of the United Nations

    Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (D), and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a 70th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the United Nations. The U.N. Charter was signed on June 26, 1945, in San Francisco.

  • [alt text]

    Life in the Central Valley of California

    This 1949 educational film documents then abundant water resources in California’s agricultural regions and the use of irrigation to create more farmland.

  • [alt text]

    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    State Department officials Roberta Jacobson and Thomas Shannon testified at a hearing on U.S.-Cuba relations. Topics included policy objectives, human rights, Cuban economic reforms, and what demands the U.S. expected to make of Cuba to return to normal foreign relations. Assistant Secretary Jacobson said having an Ambassador and full diplomatic relations would allow for a bilateral relationship, and help take care of an increasing number of American travelers expected to visit Cuba.

  • [alt text]

    Defense Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified about the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. Secretary Carter discussed the negative effects of budget cuts from sequestration and urged for a long-term solution for defense funding. General Dempsey addressed the challenges of creating a humanitarian safe zone in Syria, combating ISIS*, Iran’s nuclear program, Afghanistan operations, and aggression by China and Russia.

    * 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.

  • [alt text]

    Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx testified on the department’s budget request for fiscal year 2016. Topics included the May 2015 expiration of the Highway Trust Fund, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amtrak, maintaining infrastructure, and security needs.