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  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Viewers responded to the question, “Are you proud to be an American?” A new Gallup poll showed national pride at a record low.

  • Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech at Tulane University 2009
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    Tulane University Commencement Address

    Ellen DeGeneres spoke at the commencement ceremony in the Superdome for the graduates of Tulane University. She talked, frequently humorously, about her background, overcoming obstacles, and her…

  • American University Commencement Address
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    American University Commencement Address

    President John F. Kennedy made the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. This speech marked the start of detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

  • A Conversation with Former President and Mrs Bush
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    A Conversation with Former President and Mrs. Bush

    Former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush each received the 2006 Woodson Medal for Outstanding Community Leadership and Service at a luncheon in their honor. They were interviewed on stage by…

  • Billy Graham Library Dedication
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    Billy Graham Library Dedication

    Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and other dignitaries attended the dedication of the Billy Graham Library. The center was designed to further Reverend…

  • University of Pennsylvania Commencement
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    University of Pennsylvania Commencement

    Bono gave the 2004 commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania. He spoke about the danger of indifference and the importance of working for political change.

  • Condoleezza Rice Delivers Boston College Commencement Address
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    Boston College Commencement Address

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of Boston College at the Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Her speech focused on…

  • 1960 Presidential Candidates Fourth Debate
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    Presidential Candidates Debate

    Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) and Vice President Richard Nixon met in New York City for the last of four presidential debates prior to the 1960 presidential election. The debate focused on…

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
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    Presidential Medal of Freedom

    President Bush presented the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to honor 14 individuals for an especially meritorious contribution to the security or…

  • 2000 White House Correspondents Dinner
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    2000 White House Correspondents' Dinner

    President Bill Clinton and Jay Leno delivered tongue-in-cheek speeches about current political issues and about President Clinton’s future after the presidency. As part of their presentations…

  • Senator John McCain Oral History Interview
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    Senator John McCain Oral History Interview

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about his experiences as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. Senator McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese in 1967, and was held as a prisoner of war (POW) for…

  • Former Senate Majority Leader Senator Robert Dole on His Career and the Senate
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    Senate Leader Lecture - Bob Dole

    In often humorous remarks, former Senate Majority Leader Dole spoke about his Senate career, the collegial nature of the Senate, and several colleagues who influenced him. The senator also gives his…

  • Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker on His Career and the Senate
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    Senate Leader Lecture - Howard Baker

    Howard Baker (R-TN), Senate majority leader from 1981 to 1985, offered his thoughts on Senate leadership and what made the chamber work. He also reflected on his first trip to the Senate in…

  • Senator Robert Byrd on the History of the Senate
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    Senate Leader Lecture - Robert Byrd

    Senator Byrd (D-WV) spoke about the history of the Senate and its role in American society. He specifically discussed the powers and responsibilities bestowed on senators by the Constitution,…

  • An Evening with Former First Ladies
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    An Evening with Former First Ladies

    Andrea Mitchell moderated this discussion among three former first ladies. They talked about their activities since leaving the White House, including addiction programs, mental health and…

  • Marriage and the Presidency
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    Marriage and the Presidency

    Kati Marton spoke about the impact that a president’s marriage has on his term, and she also spoke at length about the role of first ladies. She focused on specific presidents and how their…

  • Mike and Chris Wallace on Journalism
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    Mike and Chris Wallace on Journalism

    Mike and Chris Wallace appeared at the Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum. The father and son who have spent their lives in journalism talked about their profession, their…

  • emThe Lincoln Family Albumem
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    The Lincoln Family Album

    Actors Liam Neeson and Holly Hunter portrayed Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The performance included the intimate letters and public speeches of the Lincolns together with photographs of the famous…

  • emFirefight  Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagonem
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    Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon

    Patrick Creed and Rick Newman talked about the rescue efforts that took place at the Pentagon following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The crashing of American Airlines Flight 77…

  • Watergate and Presidential Accountability
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    Watergate and Presidential Accountability

    Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein participated in a panel discussion on “Watergate and Presidential Accountability” which was moderated by Bruce Buchanan. Scholars examined how the…

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