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    Intelligence and National Security Summit

    Representatives Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the chairman and ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered keynote addresses at the inaugural Intelligence and National Security Summit. 

    The Intelligence and National Security Summit took place September 18-19, 2014 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. The summit, titled “Intelligence Effectiveness, Transparency and Accountability: Looking Forward,” was co-sponsored by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International (AFCEA) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

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    ISIS Terrorist Threat

    Former Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, former Marine Corps General Jim Mattis, and Dafna Rand testified on the ISIS* terrorist threat to the U.S. and other countries, and the stability of the Middle East. General Mattis was the head of military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia from 2010-13, and Ms. Rand served as a Middle East and North Africa staffer under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Crocker in his opening statement said that the key to a successful campaign in combating ISIS is “sustained, determined American leadership” and that without it any coalition of allies would fail. The panelists also told the committee that ground forces should not be ruled out as a necessary option for defeating 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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    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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    Senator Harkin's Annual Steak Fry

    Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) final annual steak fry in Indianola, Iowa. Senator Harkin was retiring at the end of the congressional term. Scenes of the Clintons and Senator Harkin mingling with the crowd were shown. C-SPAN coverage also included clips from speakers' remarks in previous years of the event and viewer phone calls. Secretary Clinton in her speech referred briefly to a possible 2016 presidential campaign, saying only that she was “thinking about” running.

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    Bicentennial of the National Anthem

    Vice President Biden and Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) spoke at an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

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    AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

    President Obama and former President Clinton took part in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. President Clinton launched the service program in 1994. A new group of volunteers made their pledges during the ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

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    Islamic State Congressional Briefing Stakeout

    Congressmen lawmakers spoke with reporters and responded to questions following a closed-door briefing on President Obama’s plan to deal with the threat of ISIL* militants to U.S. interests at home and abroad.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist Sunni militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

    Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton spoke at an event to launch the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. The Presidential Leadership Scholars program sought to “bring together a select group of leaders who share a desire to solve complex challenges and create positive change.”

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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.