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    State Department Daily Briefing

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke at the beginning of the daily State Department briefing about the new “Free the 20” campaign to bring attention to the cases of 20 women political prisoners around the globe. She responded to questions, including about how these specific 20 cases were selected out of the many that could have been picked. Then Mark Toner responded to questions from reporters on a variety of international issues.

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    Christian Science Monitor Breakfast with Richard Trumka

    Richard Trumka spoke with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel. He discussed the state of the labor movement, including worker safety and actions by the Obama administration. He also discussed presidential politics. He talked about the endorsement process and said that the AFL-CIO would probably not make an endorsement by the Iowa caucuses or New Hampshire primary and that the Democratic race was still wide open and Vice President Joe Biden had time to join the field. He also criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying his views on immigration were dangerous, un-American, and racist.

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    China's Economy and the U.S. Stock Market

    Professor Pieter Bottelier talked about the recent fall in the U.S. stock market, as well as China’s economy and its influence on U.S. markets.

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    2015 National Fair Housing Conference, Fair Housing Act

    Former Vice President and Senator Walter Mondale (D-MN) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke about the history of the Fair Housing Act. Mr. Mondale discussed his co-sponsorship of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the challenges he encountered in getting it passed through Congress. Senator Kaine described the challenges in enforcing the law he faced as a fair housing attorney. Other speakers included Housing and Urban Development Secretary (HUD) Julian Castro, who made opening remarks.

    The event began with a two-minute video that included remarks by President Johnson and former secretaries of HUD.

    This was the opening portion of “A Call to Advance Housing Rights and Opportunities,” the 2015 National Fair Housing Training and Policy Conference, held at HUD’s national headquarters.

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    Robots in Manufacturing

    John Markoff talked about the use of robots in manufacturing to complete tasks normally done by human employees and the impact robots and other technology could have on the U.S. workforce.

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    Russia and China Military Relationship

    Panelists talked about the impact of Russian arms transfers on China’s military capabilities in the Pacific Ocean.