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    National Urban League Conference

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, former Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz opened the daily White House briefing with a guest appearance to answer reporters' questions about the Iran nuclear agreement. Then Press Secretary Josh Earnest and responded to questions on a variety of topics.

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    Military Technology

    Panelists talked about the military’s use of technologies such as drones, robotics, and 3-D printing.

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    Military Children

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered remarks on challenges facing children in military and veterans' families. 

    This was the second general session of the Military Child Education Coalition’s 2015 National Training Seminar, "Military and Veteran Kids: Their Story, Our Mission", held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

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    Highway Funding Extension Bill Signing

    President Obama signed a three-month funding extension for highway and mass transit programs, criticizing Congress for what he called a “hand-to-mouth” approach to funding the nation’s transportation needs which he said freezes construction projects and creates uncertainty. He called on Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass a multi-year highway funding bill and reauthorize the expired Export-Import Bank charter.

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    School Choice

    Panelists talked about the legal challenges faced by parents seeking alternatives to public schools, including provisions that bar schools with religious affiliations from accepting federal and state government money.

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    Newsmakers with Senator Richard Shelby

    Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Senate Banking Committee, talked about the banking system since the implementation of financial regulatory reform. Senator Shelby said the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law July 21, 2010, had encouraged banks to grow larger and more concentrated, instead of reducing risk. He also discussed the fate of the Export-Import Bank and policies under Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Other topics included sanctuary cities and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He also said that there was to a higher level of tension in Congress than he had seen before. The number of senators running for president was one factor he thought contributed. He added that Senator Bob Dole managed the Senate well as leader. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Iran Sanctions and the Nuclear Agreement

    Juan Zarate and Richard Nephew testified on the structure and implications of sanctions relief to Iran through the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Mr. Zarate served in the George W. Bush administration, and Mr. Nephew in 2013 and 2014 was the lead sanctions adviser for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran. They discussed concerns of increased funding of terror groups by Iran, the snapback provisions that would re-impose economic sanctions if Iran violates the deal, and the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in monitoring Iranian compliance.