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    Conversation with Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates talked about the future of the U.S. military. Other topics included his legacy, the Mideast, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, troop withdrawals…

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    Future of Civility in Democracy

    Panelists talked about civility in political discourse and partisan debate over public policy. Among the topics they addressed were civility in political campaigns, how new media and…

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    A Journey: My Political Life

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recounts his time in office. Mr. Blair recalls his election to the prime minister’s office in 1997, his many political decisions, including to send…

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    2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony

    The National Constitution Center’s 2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony was awarded to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Former President Bill Clinton introduced Mr. Blair. Several musical…

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    The Constitution and Protracted Wars

    Yale Law School Professor Bruce Ackerman, former Army vice chief of staff General Jack Keane, and Brigadier General H. R. McMaster talked about maintaining a constitutional balance in a protracted war.…

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    U.S. Race Relations

    On the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech on race, panelists talked about the current state of racial relations in the U.S., and they responded to audience members'…

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    Legacy of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

    A roundtable discussion was held on the legacy of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who had announced that he would be retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court in the summer of 2010. Topics included his…

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    Aristocracy and the Founders

    Historian Gordon Wood talked about the Founding Fathers' attitudes and beliefs about aristocracy in America, where “titles of nobility” are prohibited by the Constitution, but where aristocratic elements of privilege…

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    National and Community Service, Part 2

    David Eisner talked about the current role of national service in the U.S. He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. Sonny Boggus talked by telephone from La Grange, Georgia,…

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    National and Community Service, Part 1

    David Eisner talked about the current role of national service in the U.S. The week’s cover story of Time Magazine was on national service and presidential candidates Senators McCain and Obama also…

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    10 Years of National Service

    In 1994, the Corporation for National and Community Service awarded its first grants. Since then, its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America volunteers have provided more than…

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    Protecting Children Online

    Commission members heard testimony on resources for parents to help reduce access by minors to harmful materials on the Internet. Panelists debated where the laws should be drawn to protect…

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