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    Q&A with Sharyl Attkisson

    Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative reporter based in Washington, D.C., talked about her news career. Video clips were shown of seven of her investigative reports including controversial stories about Representatives John Murtha, Charlie Rangel, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and others.

    Sharyl Attkisson was named CBS News' investigative correspondent focusing on government spending and taxpayer issues, primarily for the “Follow the Money” franchise of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” in August 2007. Ms. Attkisson, who covered Capitol Hill since February 2006, has been a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News since January 1995. She was part of the CBS News team that received the RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005 for Overall Excellence. She also received an Emmy Award (2002) for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her series of reports about the Red Cross. She joined CBS in September 1993 as a New York-based co-anchor of “Up to the Minute.” Previously she was at CNN. Sharyl Attkisson started her broadcasting news career in Tampa, Florida, at the age of 25.

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    Presidential Medal of Freedom

    In a ceremony in the East Room, President Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gary S. Becker for his work in economics and social science; Oscar Elias Biscet for his work on behalf of a free Cuba in which the rights of all people are respected; Francis S. Collins for genetic research and leadership in the Human Genome Project; Benjamin L. Hooks as a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement, and efforts to extend the full promise of America to all its citizens;
    Henry J. Hyde for his career in the House of Representatives and advocacy in behalf of national defense and for freedom around the world; Brian P. Lamb for his dedication to a transparent political system and the free flow of ideas; Harper Lee for her contribution to America’s literary tradition and the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, which helped focus the Nation on the turbulent struggle for equality; and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her unwavering commitment to building a more hopeful future for her homeland, as well as expand freedom and improve the lives of people in Liberia and across Africa.

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    Free Market Economics and Happiness

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso participated in a conference on how free enterprise, ethical leadership, human happiness, and a greater understanding of the mind can help make for a better life. He said that individual happiness leads to a happy world and that a community’s survival was dependent on one’s purpose in life being to take care of and have compassion for others. The first panel was on “Moral free enterprise: Economic perspectives in business and politics.” Moderator Arthur Brooks summed up the discussion by noting that a capitalist society worked best when free enterprise was predicated on moral living and the practice of compassion. The second panel, “Unlocking the mind and human happiness,” was co-hosted by the Mind and Life Institute. Moderator Arthur Zajonc noted that free enterprise works best when practiced in the spirit of compassion rather than division.

    “Happiness, Free Enterprise, and Human Flourishing” was held at the American Enterprise Institute .

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    Candidates Pancake Breakfast

    The Bisquick company sponsored a pancake breakfast attended by 500 to 1000 senior citizens. Republican candidates participated in a pancake flipping contest and spoke to the crowd.

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    Detroit Future

    Mr. Smith addressed the Economic Club of Detroit after receiving the Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year Award. In his remarks, he focused on General Motors moving its headquarters back downtown to the newly created Renaissance Center as a hallmark of the urban renewal presently occurring in Detroit. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience.

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    Edwards Campaign Tour

    A C-SPAN crew followed Democratic presidential candidate Senator Edwards and his staff for a behind-the-scenes look at his campaign tour in Georgia and Maryland. First an Edwards television campaign commercial was shown. Then Jason McLemore, press advance person, and others were shown setting up a hall on February 19 for a speech to supporters at Clark Atlanta University, followed later by shots of Senator Edwards greeting students in the audience and then delivering a speech. Scenes were shown on the staff airplane, including interviews with staff members and reporters. Outdoors in Savannah’s Johnson Square on February 20 some supporters were interviewed and Senator Edwards delivered a speech to the rally. At Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, Senator Edwards gave a speech to a rally and mingled with supporters.

    Senator Edwards visited five Super Tuesday states in three days including New York, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio.

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    House Session

    Rep Crowley (D-NY) gave a silent one-minute speech during today’s House session.