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    Q&A with Rick Perlstein

    Rick Perlstein talked about his book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, the third in a series by Mr. Perlstein tracing the evolution of the conservative movement in American politics. He talked about the early career of Ronald Reagan, his entrance into politics after his film career began to falter, his change from the Democratic to the Republican Party, his support of Barry Goldwater, and his rise to the presidency. Mr. Perlstein also talked about the methodology and research associated with the book, and the criticism by some historians surrounding its publication.

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    Q&A with David Fahrenthold

    David Fahrenthold talked about his article for the Washington Post on Medicare fraud involving power wheelchairs, as well as other investigative reports he’s worked on involving federal government waste.

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    Q&A with Judge Robert Katzmann

    Judge Robert Katzmann talked about his book, Judging Statutes, which explores his views on federal judges' interpretations of the the laws passed by Congress. His belief in deciphering the intent of a law is in contrast to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and other “textualists” who argue that laws passed by Congress are not open to interpretation by judges, as the text of a law should be strictly followed. Judge Katzmann also talked about his career, his mentor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and his views on televising federal court proceedings. His court allows televised coverage of its cases.

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    Q&A with Representative Charlie Rangel

    Representatives Charles Rangel (D-NY) talked about his more than 40 years in the House, as well as his life before entering public office. Mr. Rangel had recently won the Democratic party primary in his New York City district, but decided that if he were to win re-election in November 2014, it would be his last term in Congress.

    Representative Rangel was elected to the House in 1970, unseating Representative Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY).

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    Q&A with Pat Buchanan

    Pat Buchanan talked about his book, The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority, in which he argues that President Nixon overcame political defeats in the 1960 presidential race and the 1962 California gubernatorial election by bringing together the liberal and conservative wings of the Republican Party. Mr. Buchanan offered firsthand accounts of those years and talked about his personal interactions with President Nixon. Mr. Buchanan served as a staff member to Richard Nixon before he was elected to the White House and then as a senior adviser to President Nixon. 

    Pat Buchanan is the author of 11 books. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party’s presidential candidate in 2000.

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    Q&A with Edmund Morris

    Edmund Morris talked about his book, This Living Hand: And Other Essays, his forthcoming book on Thomas Edison and his career as a biographer of presidents and other notable historical figures. He also spoke about his experiences at White House get togethers with historians and presidents, his influences, and his approach to writing and choosing his subjects.

    Mr. Morris was born and educated in South Africa. In addition to This Living Hand, he has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Beethoven. He is the husband of writer Sylvia Jukes Morris.

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    Rally Against Israeli Violence in Gaza

    Protestors against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip held a rally in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. Notable speakers included Cornel West, anti-war activist Ann Wright, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, and Code Pink national coordinator Alli McCracken. 

    The “National March and Rally on the White House: End the Massacre in Gaza” was sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition with the support of various other groups.

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    Q&A with Sylvia Morris

    Sylvia Jukes Morris talked about her book, Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce, her second volume on the politician, socialite, writer, and diplomat who lived from 1903 to 1987. This book picks up the Luce story in 1943 as Clare arrives on Capitol Hill as a newly elected Republican representative from Connecticut, and continues the narrative through her time as an ambassador to Italy during the Eisenhower years and onward as she becomes a screenwriter and a grande dame of the Republican Party during the Reagan administration years. Mrs. Morris also talked about her reasons for writing this second volume, and her personal relationship with Mrs. Luce throughout the final years of her life.

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    Q&A with Michele Flournoy

    Michele Flournoy talked about defense budget cuts, foreign policy, and U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also spoke about the creation of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and its mission. Ms. Flournoy served in the Defense Department during the Clinton and Obama administrations and is the co-founder of the CNAS.

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    Q&A with Fred Kaplan

    Fred Kaplan, author of John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, talked about the sixth U.S. president and shared his experiences as a biographer of literary and political figures such as Gore Vidal, Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln.