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    Memorial Service for James Brady

    A memorial service was held for James Brady, former press secretary for President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Brady died August 4, 2014, at the age of 73. He was partially paralyzed when he and President Reagan were shot March 21, 1981. Mr. Brady later campaigned for stricter gun control laws. 

    Highlights included live music from Brian Gaffney and Steve Morris, a slide show of photos of Mr. Brady running throughout the service, and tributes sent from former President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and former ABC News journalist and anchor Charles Gibson. Among the speakers were Vice President Joe Biden, former presidential press secretaries, and members of the press corps.

    The service took place at the Newseum’s Annenberg Theater.

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    Vice President Biden on Youth Employment

    Vice President Joe Biden talked about youth employment and workforce development. He spoke about the importance of providing youth with job opportunities, especially in the areas of health care, information technology, and manufacturing.

    This was the keynote address at, “Youth Employment Matters! High-Quality Solutions and the Role of Corporate Engagement,” an event held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Urban Alliance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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    President Johnson Phone Call on the Warren Commission

    An audio-only recording of President Lyndon Johnson’s September 18, 1964, telephone conversation with Senator Richard Russell (R-GA) about the findings of the Warren Commission investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy. Senator Russell served on the commission, which was issuing its report in a few days.

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    Vice President Biden at Women's Leadership Forum

    Vice President Biden spoke at the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum’s 21st Annual National Issues Conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. He talked about the challenges he faced in passing the Violence Against Women Act. He also talked about pay equity for women and called for legislation to help women balance work and family.

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    Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

    President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the launch of the “It’s On Us” campaign, a public awareness initiative aimed at preventing sexual assault on college and university campuses.

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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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    Foreign Policy Challenges

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney talked about U.S. foreign policy in the face of multiple challenges such as Iran and North Korea as well as the growing power of ISIL.* He called on President Obama to halt the Afghanistan troop draw-down, send more U.S. military aid to Iraq, and restore the defense budget to address military preparedness.

    “9/11 and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy” was a presentation at the American Enterprise Institute.

    *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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    Violence Against Women Act 20th Anniversary Commemoration

    Vice Presiden Biden delivered remarks at the National Archives to mark the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. As a senator, he was the chief sponsor of the original legislation. Vice President Biden talked about some of the challenges in passing the legislation and the continuing need to expose the truth about domestic violence. He was introduced by Ruth Glenn, who shared her own story as a victim of abuse.

    Approximately 1 minute 30 seconds of the speech was lost due to technical difficulties.

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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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    40th Anniversary of Nixon Pardoning

    On the 40th anniversary, President Gerald Ford pardoned President Richard Nixon for any and all crimes committed while he was president.