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    Senator Lindsey Graham Presidential Campaign Announcement

    Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) announced in his hometown of Central, South Carolina, that he would seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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    Senate Session

    The Senate took up H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act, which makes changes to expired PATRIOT Act provisions dealing with government surveillance and data collection.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to their questions on a variety of subjects, include the passing of Beau Biden on Saturday and the failure of the Senate on Sunday to re-authorize the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk data collection surveillance programs.

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    Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiatives

    President Obama delivered remarks on development and leadership to 75 Southeast Asian leaders from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. He also responded to their questions. Topics included from U.S. relations with Southeast Asia, democracy, and discrimination.

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    Veterans and Health Care Contracts

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the procurement of non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services for former soldiers who usually receive medical care from VA facilities. Witnesses included five VA executives who oversee contracts for external care, a federal oversight official, and an Army veteran who has experienced contract care.

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    Federal Disaster Relief

    Michael Greenberger talked about the federal government’s method of distribution to states affected by natural disasters.

    This program was part of C-SPAN’s “Your Money” series. Each Monday morning the last hour of “Washington Journal” is devoted to a federal program, focusing on its mission, participants, and cost.

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    Iran Nuclear Deal

    Former Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and former CIA Director Michael Hayden spoke about the U.S. strategy in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and Congress' role to review or reject any nuclear deal with Iran.

    This was the first public meeting of this Iran Task Force. It was held in the Capitol Visitor Center.

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    U.S. Monetary Policy, Part 1

    Economists presented three papers the effect on inequality of the practice of “quantitative easing,” a policy in which the Federal Reserve purchases bonds in order to stimulate the economy.

    Josh Bivens presented his paper on the channels through which monetary policies influence inequality, “Inequality and Monetary Policy, Conventional and Unconventional,” which he then discussed with Susan Lund.

    Erik Hurst and Andreas Fuster presented their paper on whether regional differences should figure into monetary policy decisions that may affect inequality, “Regional Heterogeneity and Monetary Policy,” which they then discussed with Mark Zandi.

    “Did the Fed’s Quantitative Easing Make Inequality Worse?” was the topic of this event at the Brookings Institution.

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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.