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Amanda Marcotte's MyC-SPAN

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act, a House-passed bill to extend expiring PATRIOT Act provisions related to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk phone data collection. They also paid tribute to Beau Biden, who died Saturday at age 46.

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate voted to limit debate on the motion to proceed to H.R, 2048, a House-passed bill to extend expiring PATRIOT Act surveillance provisions, which would also make changes to the NSA’s bulk data collection.

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    Martin O'Malley Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Former Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Expiring Government Surveillance Programs

    Steven Nelson also reported by telephone on the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program and the rare Sunday session of the U.S. Senate the next day to vote on the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize, with revisions, some PATRIOT Act domestic surveillance provisions provisions set to expire on June 1, 2015.

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    Open Phones

    News headlines were read and telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question: “What is your message to the Senate on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance?” The telephone lines were divided between those wishing to end and renew the program. The question was inspired by the rare Sunday session of the U.S. Senate the next day to vote on the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize some expiring PATRIOT Act provisions. Steven Nelson also reported by telephone on the NSA surveillance program.

    A May 20, 2015, video clip was shown of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) protesting against renewal of the program and a May 22, 2015, clip of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging passage.

    The program concluded with a video clip of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate being interviewed May 28, 2015, for “Newsmakers.”

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of topics, including the removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, expiring PATRIOT Act provisions related to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, and the temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Jeff Rathke briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international issues, including the U.S. decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism..

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    Saudi Arabia's New Leadership

    Middle East scholars and energy experts talked about the implications of recent changes in Saudi Arabia’s leadership on the global energy market and regional stability.

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    Food Safety

    Richard Williams and Michael Jacobson talked about the Obama administration’s move to ban trans fats in foods, recent foodborne illness outbreaks, and food labeling standards for foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).

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    Diversity in Publishing

    Authors Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, and Lamar Giles talked about diversity in publishing. The panel was moderated by Ellen Oh, author and president of We Need Diverse Books.

    They spoke at the 2015 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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