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    1990 Federal Budget Deal

    Former congressional leaders talked about the process of reaching their 1990 deficit agreement that eventually helped bring the federal budget into surplus. Topics included the major…

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    Ambassador Nominations

    Ambassadorial nominees testified about their qualifications to represent the U.S. in China, Japan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic…

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    Book Discussion on The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America

    Participants spoke about The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, published by Oxford University Press, in which authors Norman J. Ornstein and…

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    Republican Party Control of Congress

    The fifteenth hour of the 25th anniversary of viewer calls focused on the year 1994 and on the shift to Republican Party control of Congress. Guests talked about the impact of the…

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    Congressional Intelligence Reform

    The 9/11 Public Discourse Project sponsored a forum on congressional reform at the Wilson Center. Among the issues that participants addressed were the appropriations process and…

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    Civil Rights Movement

    Representative John Lewis spoke about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of that landmark legislation. Representative Lewis was a leading figure…

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    House Appropriations Committee Dinner

    The Society honored the work of the House Appropriations Committee with speeches from its officers about the committee’s history. Rep. Young, chairman of the Appropriations…

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    Foley Speakership

    Former Representative Foley spoke about his experiences as speaker of the House of Representatives and the role of speaker. Following his remarks he and former colleagues talked about…

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    Congressional Restructuring

    Former House speakers Thomas Foley (1989-94) and Newt Gingrich (1995-98) recommended that the U.S. House establish a permanent standing Committee on Homeland Security to oversee the new…

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    President Bush's Relations with Congress

    Scholars, journalists and members of the Bush administration discussed President Bush’s relations with a Congress controlled by Democratic majorities. Professors Conley, Kassop…

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    State of the Union Address Preview

    Former Reps. Foley and Michel talked about the circumstances surrounding the State of the Union address and their expectations for President Clinton’s speech. They also took…

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    FDR Legacy in the Federalism Debate

    Panelists discussed the proper role of local, state and federal government and President Franklin Roosevelt’s legacy in this debate. They examined how President Roosevelt…

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    The Trouble with Washington: Congress

    As part of a panel discussion titled, “The Trouble with Washington,” two former congressional leaders and Senator Cohen, who is retiring at the end of this year, discussed why…

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    Wednesday Smithsonian Anniversary Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes…

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    America's Role in Post-Cold War World

    In the opening address of a two-day conference on the U.S. role in the post Cold War world, Mr. Foley spoke about the domestic implications of the end of the Cold War. He…

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    Washington Wednesday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes…

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    Washington Friday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes…

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    Military Support for Humanitarian Emergencies

    Participants discussed the issues involved in using U.S. military forces in humanitarian efforts, such as Bosnia, through a simulated situation in a fictional place in the Middle East in…

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    Washington Sunday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes…

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    Speakers of the House: Conflict and Challenge

    Participants discussed the history of the House Speaker’s office and the challenges faced by the Speaker in the future. They also took questions from the audience of students.

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