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Brian Denton's MyC-SPAN

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    President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bill Galston presented opposing positions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Mr. Douthat argued that the president’s action was “constitutionally inappropriate.” Mr. Galston stated that President Obama’s decision was consistent with the role of the executive branch when it comes to immigration policy.

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    Scott Pruitt on the Affordable Care Act

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt talked about Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the tax credits and subsidies in the federal-run health care exchanges, Halbig v. Burwell (originally known as Halbig v. Sebelius). Oklahoma won its argument in U.S. District Court that the Obama administration overreached when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled tax subsidies could be extended to federal-run health exchanges.

    This was the closing keynote address of the Cato Institute event, “Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is ObamaCare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court?”

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    Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

    Panelists talked about court cases challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, principally in extending subsidies to federal health exchanges. In the opening keynote address, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) talked about the case Indiana v. IRS.

    “What Is the Law, and on Which Side Is the IRS?” was the first panel of the Cato Institute event, “Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is ObamaCare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court?”

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    Classical Liberal Constitution

    Law professor Richard Epstein talked about his book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government, with law professor Theodore Ruger. They discussed a constitutional interpretation which supports a more limited American federal government. 

    This program was hosted by the National Constitution Center and was moderated by its president, Jeffrey Rosen.

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    Panel Discussion on Big Government

    Authors P.J. O’Rourke, Charles Murray, and John Allison, talked about the growth of the federal government.

    “Who Will Save Us from Big Government” was a panel at FreedomFest, an annual libertarian conference held July 9-12, 2014, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    American Exceptionalism

    Charles Murray spoke by phone about American exceptionalism, a topic he discussed in his 2013 booklet American Exceptionalism: an Experiment in History.

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    Panel Discussion on Room to Grow

    Authors of YG Network’s book, Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class talked about the book and ideas for solving America’s problems. Topics included health care costs, education, changing the tax code, and creating jobs.

    This was a panel of a forum on the conservative domestic agenda at 50th anniversary of “the Great Society.” "Solutions for the Middle Class: The New Conservative Policy Thinking" was held at the American Enterprise Institute and co-sponsored by the YG Network and National Affairs.

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    To the Fair!

    This 1964 film was commissioned by the New York World’s Fair Corporation, and follows a variety of people as they experience the fair’s exhibits in Queens, New York. The film was co-directed by Czech-American filmmaker Alexander Hammid, who directed films for the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.

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    Future of Conservatism

    Authors, columnists, and journalists talked about the future of conservatism and the Republican Party. They also responded to questions from the audience. Topics included the U.S. economy, social policy, capitalism, foreign policy, and health care.

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    Election and Voting Reform, Panel 2

    Panelists talked about reforming the election system. The discussion included issues raised by the national bipartisan poll on American attitudes toward elections and election reform released that day by the commission and USA Today. A video was shown with poll results. Topics included early voting, voter fraud, access to polls, universal voter identification, campaign finance reform, and dysfunction within the federal government. They responded to questions from the audiences.

    This discussion at The Ohio State University was the third event in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform series of forums held in various cities around the country.