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  • National Governors Association Closing Session
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    National Governors Association, Closing Session

    National Governors Association Chair Gary Herbert (R-UT) made opening remarks, followed by a closing session on relations between the federal government and the states and the leadership…

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  • Obstacles to Public Service
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    Obstacles to Public Service

    Former governors talked about the value of cooperation in public service. The final two minutes of the program were cut off due to the Senate gaveling in.

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  • Barriers to Public Service
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    Barriers to Public Service

    Panelists talked about the future of public service. Topics included obstacles to public service, the impact of hyper-partisanship on young people’s attitudes toward holding public office, a draft system, and how…

    120 views
  • National Conversation on American Unity
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    National Conversation on American Unity

    Members of the Commission on Political Reform discussed the causes and consequences of extreme polarization of the American political process. The event opened with a video presentation highlighting…

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  • Dedication of Plaque Honoring Senator Bob Dole
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    Dedication of Plaque Honoring Senator Bob Dole

    Tom Brokaw emceed the dedication of plaque honoring Senator Bob Dole for his lifelong support of American Veterans and his instrumental role in establishing the World War II Memorial.

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  • Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration
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    Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration

    President Bush and other dignitaries addressed the large crowd at the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown. The president talked about the history of…

    420 views
  • Bipartisan Governing
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    Bipartisan Governing

    Former cabinet officials and others spoke about the political climate in Washington and several proposals for some structural changes to organizations and legislative rules in order to…

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  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony
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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony

    The 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was observed with a Veterans Day ceremony at The Wall. Keynote addresses were given by Senator Chuck Hagel and General Colin…

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  • Role of Interior Department in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
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    Role of Interior Department in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

    Past and present Department of the Interior secretaries testified on the department’s role in BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They also addressed past government regulation and…

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  • National Christmas Tree Lighting
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    National Christmas Tree Lighting

    President Bush and the first lady participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the opening holiday ceremonies on the Ellipse for the 2008 Pageant of Peace. Entertainment included: country music…

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  • Misconduct Involving Oil and Gas Royalty Collections
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    Misconduct Involving Oil and Gas Royalty Collections

    A hearing was held on reports from the Interior Department inspector general on misconduct involving oil and gas royalty collections. The reports alleged that employees helped to rig bids,…

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  • Federal Response to Hurricane Gustav
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    Federal Response to Hurricane Gustav

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies held a media briefing on the federal response and actions to be taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

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  • National Governors Association Opening Session
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    National Governors Association Opening Session

    Ceremonies were held in recognition of the Centennial Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA). Retrospective videos were also shown. Then current and former governors participated in discussions of the…

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  • National Governors Association Innovation
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    National Governors Association: Innovation

    Former President Clinton gave a keynote speech at the centennial meeting of the National Governors Association. In his remarks he talked about the NGA efforts over the past several years in the areas of…

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  • National Christmas Tree Lighting
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    National Christmas Tree Lighting

    President Bush and the first lady participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the opening ceremonies on the Ellipse for the 84th annual Christmas Pageant of Peace. The…

    1,212 views
  • Historic Preservation
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    Historic Preservation

    Preservation dignitaries celebrated the introduction of bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize the Preserve America and Save America’s Treasures programs, co-sponsored by Senators…

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  • Status of the Bald Eagle
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    Status of the Bald Eagle

    Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne removed the American bald eagle, once nearly extinct, from the threatened species list at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial. The eagle was moved from…

    212 views
  • National Parks Initiatives
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    National Parks Initiatives

    Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary Bomar released their National Park Centennial Initiative report to President Bush “The Future of America’s…

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  • Oil Drilling Proposal
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    Oil Drilling Proposal

    Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne announced a proposal for expanded oil and natural gas development on the U.S. outer continental shelf. The U.S. will lease the outer continental shelf…

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  • Fiscal Year 2008 Interior Department Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2008 Interior Department Budget

    Secretary Kempthorne testified about the proposed fiscal year 2008 budget for the Department of the Interior. Among the topics addressed were land management programs, operation of the…

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