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    Washington Journal Program 7/2/2015

    Live daily at 7 a.m. ET, “Washington Journal” is a forum for leading journalists and public policy makers to discuss key events and legislation.

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    U.S. and Cuba Embassy Openings

    President Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of embassies by both countries in Washington and Havana. He also called on Congress to lift the embargo on Cuba.

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    Defense Department Issues

    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey briefed reporters on a range of issues. Topics included gender diversity in the armed services, the status of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and the Iran nuclear talks. Secretary Carter announced that President Obama’s nominee for the next Marine Corps commandant was Lieutenant General Robert Neller. General Dempsey spoke about the release of the National Military Strategy, and what it outlines for the U.S. joint force around the globe.

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Spokesman John Kirby briefed reporters and responded to questions on a range of international issues, including the release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s electronic mails and her relationship with Sid Blumenthal and the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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    President Obama on the Affordable Care Act

    President Obama talked about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the approaching third open enrollment period under the law. The previous week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the legality of subsidies for Americans who buy insurance plans through federally operated exchanges set up as part of that legislation. President Obama also talked about the challenges facing the health care system and improvements that still needed to be made. He spoke at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison, Tennessee, near Nashville. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies which account for about 200,000 jobs in the region.

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    Question Time

    Prime Minister David Cameron answered questions from members of his party and the opposition. He announced that the death toll of British nationals killed in the Tunisia terror attack rose to 27, and was expected to rise over the coming days. The prime minister also answered questions on concerns over the term “Islamic State” and cutting the costs of politics by reducing the number of members in the British Parliament.

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    Criminal Justice Reform, Incarceration and Sentencing

    Adam Gelb talked about a Pew Charitable Trusts study on the growing number of prisoners incarcerated in federal and state corrections systems, the taxpayer costs involved, and proposed changes to sentencing guidelines.

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    Russian Media and Politics

    Russian journalist Alexei Venediktov talked about the state of Russian media and political system as a result of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict. Alexei Venediktov is the editor and chief of the independent radio station Echo of Moscow and president of Echo TV Russia.

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    Politico Playbook Breakfast on Obama Administration Policy Priorities

    Politico Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen hosted a discussion on the Obama administration’s policy priorities. It followed a week of victories for the White House, including Supreme Court rulings affirming a constitutional right for same-sex marriage and the legality of subsidies for Affordable Care Act customers using the federal health care exchange. Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman were among those speaking at the event.