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    Rick Santorum Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced his intention to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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    FIFA Indictments Charges

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a statement on the Justice Department’s 47-count indictment against FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) officials over allegations of corruption and bribery. She began her remarks with a call on the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act.

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    Hillary Clinton in Columbia, South Carolina

    Hillary Clinton delivered remarks to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council. She also spoke with minority women small business owners.

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    State Opening of Parliament

    Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the formal start of the new parliamentary session. Her speech, written by the new Conservative-majority government, outlined the priorities for the coming year and covered further devolution plans for Scotland, a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, and immigration policy.

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    Vice President Biden on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its implications for European security. The vice president said that helping Ukraine to defend against and deter Russian aggression was critical to preventing further aggression in the future. He harshly criticized the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said the U.S. and Russia should continue to cooperate on areas of clear mutual interest, such as Iran’s nuclear program and combating ISIS.*

    * 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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    Retirement Savings Protections

    Jeffrey Zients spoke about the Department of Labor’s call for new consumer protections for workers' retirement savings. The proposed rules are similar to but more flexible than a 2010 proposal that was withdrawn by the Labor Department after complaints from Wall Street institutions. 

    Following Mr. Zients' keynote speech, a panel of current and former regulators, financial institutions, and lawyers participated in a discussion about the potential policies. They focused on the protections they could afford, and the potential unintended consequences that could result from their implementation.

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    Obama Administration Carbon Emissions Goals

    Panelists talked about the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

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    Future of NATO

    Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talked about the challenges facing NATO and the ways in which the Transatlantic Alliance must adapt to address future threats.

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    Criminal Justice System

    Speakers including Michael Botticelli talked about ways in which alternatives to incarceration could be effective at deterring criminal activity. Mr. Botticelli also spoke briefly about his former addiction to alcohol, and his personal experience interacting with the criminal justice system when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

    They spoke at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Symposium.

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    Senator Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Many supporters led up to the senator’s speech at the rally in Waterfront Park on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Senator Sanders outlined all the issues he would like to focus on in his campaign, including campaign finance reform, poverty, raising the minimum wage, Wall Street reform, tax policy, climate change, and health care reform.

    There were brief signal losses at the end of the senator’s speech.