Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on ways to increase economic opportunities in inner cities.
Niall Stanage spoke by phone about the 2016 presidential candidates and the expected announcements of Dr. Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR).
Eamon Javers talked about the slowing down of the economy in the first quarter after accelerating for much of 2014. The Commerce Department reported the gross domestic product grew 0.2 percent between January and March. The economy had expanded at a rate of 2.2 percent in the final months of 20014 and at a rate of 2.4 percent for the year.
Tim Mak talked about several key provisions of the PATRIOT Act, which were set to expire in June 2015, as well as arguments for and against over renewing them. The act was passed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
John Sopko talked about a report on Afghanistan reconstruction spending. According to the report, despite billions of dollars spent on salaries for Afghan National Army forces, the Pentagon does not know how many forces exist or how well trained they are.
This program was part of C-SPAN’s “Your Money” series. Each Monday morning the last hour of “Washington Journal” is devoted to a federal program, focusing on its mission, participants, and cost.
Retired neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson announced in his hometown of Detroit that he would seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He talked about his commitment to the Constitution, and his goal of improving the economy should he be elected.
The ceremonious event, which took place in Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, included the presentation of the colors, the national anthem, and invocation. Multiple choirs performed, beginning with a gospel version of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and then a medley of patriotic standards.
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