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    Open Phones, Part 1

    Telephone lines were open for viewer calls and social media comments on news of the question, “How should the U.S. respond to the recent chemical attack in Syria?” Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press…

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    Week Ahead in Congress

    Niels Lesniewski reported by telephone on the key issues in Congress the next week, including Senate confirmation floor votes on Cabinet nominees, Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing for former…

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    Newsmakers with Senator Rand Paul

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) talked about his proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act and Republican plans to repeal and replace the law overall. He also talked about foreign policy, surveillance, and…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer responses to a question about a phrase used by President-elect Donald Trump in one of his campaign pledges: “What does ‘drain the swamp’ mean to you?”…

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    Congressional Agenda After the 2016 Election

    Francine Kiefer and Niels Lesniewski talked about the legislative priorities of the Republican Congress and President-elect Donald Trump, as well as the congressional agenda in the…

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    Congressional Agenda

    Journalists Niels Lesniewski and Kelsey Snell previewed the issues facing the House and the Senate as both chambers return to to work after a seven-week recess.

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    Democratic National Convention, Day 2 Preview

    Telephone lines were open for viewer calls and social media comments before the second night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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    Open Phones

    News headlines were read and phone lines open for viewer responses to the question, “Do payday loans need more regulation?” Niels Lesniewski, speaking by phone, previewed the week ahead in…

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    Newsmakers with Senator Mark Warner

    Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) talked about a variety of issues, including a proposed digital security commission to investigate encryption issues, safety and funding of public transportation…

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    Campaign 2016 and the Congressional Agenda

    Niels Lesniewski talked about the potential impact of the 2016 presidential campaign on the year’s congressional elections and agenda. Topics included President Obama’s nominee to replace…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on Senate Republicans' announcement that they would not allow a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s yet-to-be-named nominee to replace…

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    Newsmakers with Senator Lamar Alexander

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) talked about the Every Child Succeeds legislation signed by President Obama, bringing efficiency to the Senate, and the 2016 election. Senator Alexander is…

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    Niels Lesniewski on Government Funding

    Niels Lesniewski talked about the congressional debate over a long-term, omnibus spending bill. The House was expected to take up a continuing resolution later in the day to extend funding…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer responses to the question: “Do you feel secure shopping online?” Niels Lesniewski spoke by phone about the deadlines facing Congress before the end of…

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    Week Ahead in Congress

    CQ Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski, speaking by phone, previewed the upcoming week in Congress, including upcoming highway funding and government spending deadlines.

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    Open Phones

    News headlines were read and phone lines were open for viewer calls on the question: “Should the U.S. close its borders to Syrian refugees?” Niels Lesniewski, speaking by phone, previewed…

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    Niels Lesniewski on the Senate Agenda

    Niels Lesniewski talked about the Senate agenda as Congress prepare to return following its August recess. Topics include the Iran nuclear deal, which obtained the necessary votes to…

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    Robert F. Kennedy Assassination

    Niels Lesniewski talked about Roll Call's reporting on the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. This was part of a series of interviews to mark the 60th anniversary of the Capitol Hill…

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    Niels Lesniewski on USA FREEDOM Act

    Niels Lesniewski talked about the Senate vote to limit debate on the USA FREEDOM Act, which makes changes to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance provisions under the PATRIOT act…

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    Niels Lesniewski on the Senate Agenda

    Niels Lesniewski talked about the Senate agenda for the week, and explained some of the intricacies of expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act. The previous day the Senate held a rare Sunday…

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