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  • Hearing Reviews Federal Union Workers Official Time Date Reporting
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    Federal Labor Union Workers

    A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee considered possible reforms to how federal labor union employees report on the amount of time they are allowed under the law to spend “official time” engaged in…

  • Access to Financial Systems
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    Access to Financial Systems

    Panelists talked about how digital technologies have affected financial inclusion in the U.S. and abroad. A Brookings research analyst and associate fellow presented the data. Following…

  • Virginia Governor Calls for Criminal Justice Revolution
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    Criminal Justice Reform

    Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) talked about criminal justice reform efforts in his state at a Brookings Institution forum on the topic. In his remarks the governor said, “It is time for a criminal justice…

  • Book Discussion with Darrell West on emBillionairesem
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    Darrell West talked about his book, Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust, in which he looks at the influence of the wealthy on politics, philanthropy, and society. The program opened with a…

  • ATT Chair Speaks About Promoting Mobile Technology
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    Mobile Technology

    Randall Stephenson and Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) talked about the future of mobile technology. Topics included rising use of smartphone, the increasing demand for broadband spectrum, and privacy…

  • Federal Government Role in the Economy and Jobs
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    Federal Government Role in the Economy and Jobs

    Panelists talked about the role of federal government in economic growth. They cautioned against over-regulation as the nation looked to increase economic growth and job creation. Both Philip Knight…

  • Presidential Leadership
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    Presidential Leadership

    Political experts talked about the leadership styles of President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. They discussed differences between campaigning and governing,…

  • Presidential Campaign Ads
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    Presidential Campaign Ads

    Researchers with Vanderbilt University and YouGov’s Ad Rating Project presented new data on voter responses to 2012 presidential campaign ads, and afterward political scientists talked…

  • Fiscal Policy and Government in New Jersey
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    Fiscal Policy and Government in New Jersey

    Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) outlined his fiscal agenda and plan for government reform in his state, and how his policies could be used by other states and the federal government. He…

  • Presidential Campaign Ads
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    Presidential Campaign Ads

    Darrell West talked about the evolution of political advertising from the first ads for Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 to the fast-moving Internet ads of the 2012 presidential campaign.

  • Innovations in New Media and Digital Technology
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    Innovations in New Media and Digital Technology

    Panelists talked about innovations being developed with social media and digital technology, both from the commercial standpoint and in terms of improving government efficiency and civic…

  • Richard Trumka on the Jobs Crisis
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    Richard Trumka on the Jobs Crisis

    Richard Trumka argued that America did not have a deficit crisis but a jobs crisis. He urged Congress to pass the president’s jobs bill, and said the proposal was an important first step to…

  • Immigration Policy
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    Immigration Policy

    Participants spoke about U.S. immigration policy, attracting highly-skilled workers, and U.S. business competitiveness. Among the issues addressed were the numbers and origins of foreign graduate…

  • Innovation Information Technology and the Economy
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    Innovation, Information Technology and the Economy

    A panel of telecommunications industry executives talked about the impact of innovation and technology on the U.S. economy. Topics included increasing television programming choices, infrastructure…

  • Changing Immigration Policy
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    Changing Immigration Policy

    Darrell West talked about his proposals for attracting more highly educated and entrepreneurial immigrants. He is author of the book Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy. He also…

  • Election Campaigns
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    Election Campaigns

    Darrell West, author of Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns 1952-2008 and Janet Brown, Executive Director on Commission talked about election campaigns. C-SPAN’s Distance…

  • US Immigration Policy
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    U.S. Immigration Policy

    The Brookings Institution held a forum on reforming U.S. immigration policy. Darrell West began the event by speaking briefly about the key findings of his book, Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S.…

  • Elections and Campaign Finance
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    Elections and Campaign Finance

    Norm Eisen talked about the Obama administration’s perspective on election and campaign finance reform. and he responded to audience members' questions. Following his remarks panelists discussed…

  • US Investment Opportunities
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    U.S. Investment Opportunities

    Paul Otellini talked about rebuilding the foundations of U.S. growth. In his remarks he addressed the need to increase investments in math and science education, research, technology,…

  • Civic Engagement and the American Political Process
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    Civic Engagement and the American Political Process

    Participants spoke about the state of discourse in American politics, the emergence of the “tea party” movement, their response in the form of a “coffee party,” and engaging citizens and…

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