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    Congressional Ethics Investigations

    Paul Singer talked about the Office of Congressional Ethics' probe of ten members of the House of Representatives who are accused of accepting an improper trip in 2013 from a state oil company in Azerbaijan. Mr. Singer also explained the background of the Office of Congressional Ethics and tensions between it and the House Ethics Committee.

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    Counterterrorism Efforts

    Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell spoke about counterterrorism successes and failures during his time with the intelligence agency. He refuted an article that asserted Pakistan knew about the raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed. Among other topics he also discussed the U.S. treatment of al Qaeda detainees, threats from ISIS* and other terrorist groups, and intelligence sharing and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance.

    *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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    U.S.-Russia Relations

    Army and Air Force officials presented their findings from a war game exercise that focused on potential future policy and strategy for U.S.-Russia relations and recent Russian aggression. Participants presented their findings and recommendations from a wargame exercise focused on U.S. policy and strategy.

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    Military Sexual Assault Report

    Human Rights Watch and Protect Our Defenders organizations released their new report, “Embattled: Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military.” The report focuses on retaliation against victims who report the crime. The event at the National Press Club began with a video in which Senior Airman Ciera Bridges described multiple instances of retaliation against her for reporting sexual abuse. Retired Army Captain Victoria Phipps also gave her perspective as a former commander and sexual assault victim. Don Christensen and Johnny and Janice Bridges participated only by the video. Ciera Bridges was on the panel but spoke only in the video.

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    Morning Hour

    The House convened for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on any topic.

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    Trade Legislation

    Derek Wallbank talked about ongoing debate on trade legislation in the House and Senate, including a trade promotion authority bill.

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    Iowa Republican Lincoln Dinner

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Governors Scott Walker (R-WI) and Bobby Jindal (R-LA), former Governors Jeb Bush (R-FL), George Pataki (R-NY), and Rick Perry (R-TX), Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina were among the speakers at the Republican Party of Iowa’s 2015 Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

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    2015 Gaithersburg Book Festival

    Book TV aired live coverage of the 2015 Gaithersburg Book Festival from the James Michener Non-Fiction Pavilion on the grounds of City Hall in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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    U.S. Approval of New Drilling in the Arctic

    Amy Harder talked about the Obama administration’s decision to allow Shell to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off the Alaskan coast this summer. A video clip was shown of President Obama speaking about it May 14, 2015.

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    Open Phones

    Headlines from the day’s newspapers were read and telephone lines, including a line for Massachusetts residents, were open for viewer comments on the question: “Boston Bomber Sentenced to Death: Right Decision?” A video clip was shown of U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz announcing the sentence the previous day.

    The program included a video clip of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) being interviewed the previous day for “Newsmakers.”