Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, Combined Security Transition, Command-Afghanistan, Commanding General, joins us from Kabul to discuss the current role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Afghan force’s ability to protect their country, and the continued combat efforts against the Taliban.
White House correspondents shared their experiences covering presidents from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. The first panel of former correspondents discussed some of the changes since their White House assignments, including access to the president and how contemporary media had influenced these changes. The second panel of correspondents currently assigned to the White House focused on how the Obama administration controls access by the press.
“A Tribute to Our 40-Year Veterans” was held by the White House Correspondents' Association at the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the United States Diplomacy Center (USDC). Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton also made remarks. All of the speakers talked about the importance of diplomacy in foreign policy.
Kevin Kuhlman, Public Policy Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, joins us to discuss what his organization would like to see from the Republican-lead 114th Congress next year.
Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, joins us to discuss the state of Congressional efforts to provide further protections for consumers who have they credit card and other perosnal informatioon stolen through data breaches.
Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin joins us to discuss her organization’s political and legislative agenda during 2015 and the next Congress, including budget, health care, minimum wage, and immigration policy. She will also discuss the organization’s strategy for the 2016 elections.
Kevin Cirilli, Reporter for The Hill, joins us to discuss the potential for Congress to restore a series of expired tax breaks, known as tax extenders, before the end of the year. The extensions would mostly benefit businesses and critics say their extension adds billions to the federal deficit.