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    No Labels Convention, Opening

    The No Labels group hosted a convention focusing on creating bipartisanship in government. The opening ceremonies included Pledge of Allegiance, “America the Beautiful,” and welcoming speeches. Then…

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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Panelists assessed the diplomatic progress made in reaching an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 on Iran’s nuclear program. They discussed the components of a credible deal, Iran’s…

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    Data-Driven Government

    Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) spoke about how data-driven decision making and performance measurement could affect government policy and executive success. He talked about how he…

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    President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bill Galston presented opposing positions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Mr. Douthat argued that the…

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    National Conference on Citizenship

    Speakers at the 68th Annual Conference on Citizenship talked about ways to engage citizens to become active civil participants in their communities. General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) received the…

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    Congressional Gridlock

    William Galston talked about his recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece on his two-year plan to end congressional gridlock.

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    Politics of Tax Reform

    Tax policy scholars talked about tax code, reforms needed, and the political challenges lawmakers face in changing tax policy. They focused on tax reform during the Reagan administration and the differences in…

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    U.S. Economy and Foreign Policy

    William Galston talked about his Wall Street Journal article, “The Economic Roots of Economic Retreat.” In the piece he argued that Americans' perception that the U.S. is still in a recession was…

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    Book Discussion on What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted

    Tevi Troy, presidential historian and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, talked about his book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, in…

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    Tea Party Movement Influence on Congress

    William Galston talked about the philosophy of the tea party movement, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. He argued that the attitudes of those in the movement reflect those of former…

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    Marijuana Legalization

    Panelists talked about the domestic and foreign policy implications of legalizing the possession and sale of small quantities of marijuana for recreational use. They analyzed survey data on…

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    Washington Classroom with Bill Galston

    Bill Galston talked about the current state of politics in the government at the time, which he characterized as gridlocked by partisanship. He traced the history of that development and…

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    Medicare Reform

    Panelists talked about possible Medicare reforms. Topics included premium adjustments according to income, increasing the role of private insurance companies, and restructuring payment to physicians…

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    Meeting to Make America Work

    Members of the group No Labels, a bipartisan group of grassroots activists, met in New York City to unveil the group’s new bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus hopes to make a statement during the…

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    Presidents and Political Structure

    Panelists talked about the public and political expectations of presidents dealing with disaster relief after hurricanes, floods, and terrorist attacks, as well as the president’s…

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    Public Perceptions of Arabs and Muslims

    Panelists talked about the findings of a public opinion poll on American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims. The poll was conducted following violent protests in the Arab world that erupted…

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    Islamist Extremism

    Panelists spoke about U.S. counterterrorism policy and efforts to confront challenges posed by Islamist extremism. They responded to questions from the audience.

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    Threats to Religious Freedom in the U.S.

    Panelists talked about threats to religious freedom within the United States. Topics included the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring religious organizations to provide health care coverage for…

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    Congressional Reform

    William Galston talked about the non-partisan group No Labels' “Make Congress Work!” plan which, according to the group, contains specific proposals to “break gridlock, promote constructive discussion…

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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…

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