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    Senate Leaders McConnell and Schumer Tribute to Senator McCain

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) paid tribute to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who died on August 25, 2018, at the age of 81. Senator Schumer said both he and Senator Flake would be offering a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office building in honor of Senator McCain.

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    Senator Flake Tribute to Senator McCain

    Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) paid tribute to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who died on August 25, 2018, at the age of 81.

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    Senator Durbin Tribute to Senator McCain

    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) paid tribute to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and endorsed the naming of a room for him.

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    1945 Documentary FDR: 1882-1945

    This program was a short biographical documentary on the life of President Roosevelt shown in theaters after his death on April 12, 1945. It included clips of President Roosevelt’s speeches and a look at his political life.

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    FDR and World War II

    The Pare Lorentz Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum added narration to archival film, photographs and audio recordings to tell the story of FDR during World War II. Nine short chapters in the 30 minute program focus on different topics including, the course of the war, the home front, the Holocaust, Japanese internment, racial equality, the Four Freedoms, the atomic bomb, and the United Nations.

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    Legacy of Jeannette Rankin

    Jane Armstrong Hudiburg talked about the life and legacy of suffragist, pacifist and politician Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this event.

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    Congressional Papers of Jeannette Rankin

    Archivist Jodie Foley talked about the Congressional papers of the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin. She was a lifelong pacifist elected in Montana in 1916 and then again in 1940. They showed some of the constituent letters from supporters, as well as the newspapers that criticized her after her vote against participation in World War I. During her second term, Rankin stood alone in voting against America’s entry into the World War II.

    C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2013 LCV Cities Tour” in Helena, Montana, from October 7-11 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Charter Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.

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    Checks and Balances - Intentions of the Founders

    Historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Douglas Brinkley examined the framing of the Constitution and speculated about the founders' thoughts on the balance of power in the U.S. government today. Moderated by Panetta Institute for Public Policy founder Leon Panetta, this program concluded the Institute’s 2019 lecture series.

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    Legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy

    Ishan Bhabha and and Nicole Saharsky talked about the legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the Supreme Court in June 2018. Mr. Bhabha was a clerk to Justice Kennedy from 2011-12, and Ms. Saharsky argued 29 cases before the Court between 2007-17 as assistant to the solicitor general. Among other topics the guests discussed Justice Kennedy’s opinions in several cases on issues that included flag burning, school prayer, capital punishment, abortion rights, sexual orientation discrimination, same-sex marriage, university admissions standards, and Guantanamo Bay detainees.

    In 1987 President Ronald Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy, at the time a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge, to the Supreme Court. He was confirmed unanimously and took the bench on February 18, 1988.

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    Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    Jess Bravin talked about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling the previous day that same-sex marriage was a right. In Obergefell v. Hodges the Court ruled 5-4 that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize marriages from other states. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, with the telephone lines divided between those who supported and opposed the decision. Other topics included the Supreme Court cases not yet decided.

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