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    Q&A with Andrew Keen

    Andrew Keen talked about The Internet is Not the Answer. In the book he wrote about his objections to what he considers the overuse of technology in U.S. society, the creation of what he calls false communities through social networking, and other thoughts on the value of the Internet. He also talked about the history of Silicon Valley and the tech world, the collection and use of consumer personal data via social networking and other Internet sites, and what he thinks a regular user of the Internet should know before visiting different Web sites.

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    U.S. Conference of Mayors Opening Plenary Luncheon

    U.S. Conference of Mayors President Kevin Johnson (D) gave the State of the Cities address at the annual winter conference in Washington, D.C. He said the State of the Union was strong because the State of Cities was strong. He also said mayors could no longer wait for directives from the federal government but needed to generate new ideas to keep cities thriving. Pollster Frank Luntz then outlined public opinions on mayoral issues. He said that people trust mayors more than other elected leaders, expecting efficient, effective, and accountable leadership. New mayors were also introduced. A video was shown from a Wells Fargo Neighborhood Lift program in New Orleans as a new grant program was announced. 

    This was the opening plenary luncheon during the 83rd Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, held at the Capitol Hilton.

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    Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about his history and changing roles at the National Institute of Health (NIH). In 1984, he became the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as the AIDS virus began to show up in the U.S. population. He described the challenges of fighting that disease and others over the course of his tenure, from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the bird and swine flu epidemics, and most recently the outbreak of Ebola. Dr. Fauci also discussed his personal life growing up in Brooklyn, meeting his wife, his relationships with different U.S. presidents, and NIAID’s work to combat future infectious disease outbreaks.

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    Mitt Romney at Republican Winter Meeting

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, aboard the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California. Former Governor Romney criticized President Obama’s foreign policy, that he said had left America less safe, and his domestic policy, that he said had resulted in income inequality and a growth in poverty. He also eluded to speculation that he would undertake a presidential campaign a third time.

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    Q&A with Dick Lehr

    Dick Lehr talked about his book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, about the 1915 movie of the same title. The film by D.W. Griffith was shown to President Woodrow Wilson at the White House and across the nation despite attempts by African-American Civil Rights advocate and newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter and others to stop it. Trotter took Griffith to task for his portrayal in the film of African-Americans in the post-Civil War era.

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    Q&A with Janet Murguia

    Janet Murguia talked about the state of Hispanics in America and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The president and chief executive officer of NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group in the United States, she talked about the organization, immigration reform, and other topics related to her job, the organization, and her career. She also talked about growing up in a large, working-class family in Kansas City, Kansas, and how she and most of her siblings achieved succees in American society.

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    Book Discussion on Why Lincoln Matters

    Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York (1983-95), discussed his book Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever, published by Harcourt. His book discussed how the modern Republican Party differs in philosophy with the one that Lincoln founded and how modern politics could be improved by an examination of past processes.

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    Q&A with Glenn Kessler

    Glenn Kessler, author of the “Fact Checker: The Truth Behind the Rhetoric” blog at the Washington Post, talked about his end-of-year “Biggest Pinocchio’s of 2014” awards, in which he lists politicians and political groups that he believes have made the most false claims over the course of the year. He also talked about his approach to writing the blog, how he hands out the awards, and his career as a writer and reporter.

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    Q&A with Katie Pavlich

    Katie Pavlich talked about her book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women. She spoke about the political divide in the country between the right and left, and her views on the Republican Party.

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    Q&A with John Bresnahan and Manu Raju

    Politico reporters Manu Raju and John Bresnahan talked about incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his personality, his career in the Senate, and his relationships with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), President Obama, and his own party.