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    Presidential Candidate Ben Carson at the National Press Club

    Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, spoke about his book, A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, at a National Press Club luncheon. Afterward, he answered written questions submitted by audience members.

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    Deep Space Exploration

    Former NASA officials testify at a hearing on the budget for deep space exploration programs.

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    Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Reconciliation Legislation Markup

    The House Budget Committee approved a budget reconciliation package of proposals from three other House committees for the 2016 Budget. The committee approved the bill by a party-line vote of 21-11. Budget Committee Ranking Member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a motion that would call on Congress to adopt legislation to prevent a government shutdown but it was rejected. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) serves as the chairman of this committee.

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    House Republican Conference Meeting Arrivals

    House Republicans arrived at conference meeting to discuss the next steps to elect a new speaker of the House. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) unexpectedly withdrew his bid to be speaker Thursday.

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    House Democrats on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other House Democrats spoke with reporters about a discharge petition to bring the Export-Import Bank reauthorization to the House floor for a vote. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) signed the petition earlier in the day, giving its backers the required 218 votes. The success of the petition mandated that the legislation be brought to the floor for consideration.

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    Volkswagen Emissions Investigation

    Michael Horn, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America, testified at a hearing investigating allegations of air quality standards cheating by the German automaker by purposefully deceiving emissions tests for some of its diesel-powered vehicles. Then Environmental Protection Agency officials Christopher Grundler and Phillip Brooks testified about the investigation.