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Amanda Marcotte's MyC-SPAN

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    Washington Journal Program 8/1/2015

    Live daily at 7 a.m. ET, “Washington Journal” is a forum for journalists and public policy makers to discuss key events.

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    National Urban League Conference

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, former Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz opened the daily White House briefing with a guest appearance to answer reporters' questions about the Iran nuclear agreement. Then Press Secretary Josh Earnest and responded to questions on a variety of topics.

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    Military Technology

    Panelists talked about the military’s use of technologies such as drones, robotics, and 3-D printing.

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    Highway Funding Extension Bill Signing

    President Obama signed a three-month funding extension for highway and mass transit programs, criticizing Congress for what he called a “hand-to-mouth” approach to funding the nation’s transportation needs which he said freezes construction projects and creates uncertainty. He called on Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass a multi-year highway funding bill and reauthorize the expired Export-Import Bank charter.

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    Secretary Carter on the Education of Military Children

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter talked about the importance of ensuring educational opportunities and support for children of military families. He highlighted a Pentagon effort to partner with non-military schools to track student progress as the children move around with their families.

    This was the keynote address of the second general session of the Military Child Education Coalition’s 2015 National Training Seminar, "Military and Veteran Kids: Their Story, Our Mission", held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

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    School Choice

    Panelists talked about the legal challenges faced by parents seeking alternatives to public schools, including provisions that bar schools with religious affiliations from accepting federal and state government money.

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    Foreign Fighters and the Islamic State

    Panelists talked about Americans and Europeans who havetraveled to Iraq and Syria to join the ISIS, as well as the recruitment methods used by terrorist groups to attract foreign fighters to their cause.