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3:00 am AKT Approx. 7 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John McArdle; Steven Sloan Steven Sloan spoke by phone about developments in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations ... Steven Sloan spoke by phone about developments in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations between the White House and Congress.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
The interview with Mr. Sloan began approximately three minutes into the program.
2:55 am AKT Approx. 43 min. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign ... Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign policy. Senator Casey remarked on the fear of chemical weapons in Syria and talked about the administration moving forward to recognize Syrian opposition. He also talked about Iran’s and Hezbollah’s relationship and aid to Syria. Representative Royce said he supports the NDAA amendment that shuts down businesses that have ties to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He also said he’ll work to stop efforts to diminish sanctions on Iran.
“Congressional Remarks” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
2:32 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 26 min. Iran's Influence in South Caucasus Middle East experts testified on the influence of Iran in the South Caucasus, a region that ... Middle East experts testified on the influence of Iran in the South Caucasus, a region that includes neighboring countries Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Topics included Turkey and Russia, and energy politics with Europe.
3:08 am AKT Approx. 39 min. LIVE Open Phones John McArdle Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on a question related to avoiding the “fiscal ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on a question related to avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” "Should party leaders compromise on their beliefs regarding tax increases and spending cuts?"
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
3:40 am AKT Approx. 56 min. Senators Kyl and Lieberman on Foreign Policy Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, ... Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both senators were critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy choices in the region. These Jeane J. Kirkpatrick award recipients were interviewed by Clifford May.
This discussion was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
4:02 am AKT Approx. 45 min. Counterterrorism in Africa Frank Cilluffo; Carter Ham; William Ramsey General Carter Ham talked about U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Africa. The outgoing ... General Carter Ham talked about U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Africa. The outgoing Commander of U.S. forces in Africa said al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the North African region known as the Maghreb has established a “safe haven” in Mali. He also described the situation in Mali as “very very worrisome.” He said U.S. government agencies and international organizations are engaged in a process aimed at dislodging al-Qaeda from Northern Mali, where the government lost control following a coup in March. He spoke at George Washington University.
3:49 am AKT Approx. 45 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Josh Boak; John McArdle Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” ... Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the difference between state and federal unemployment benefits, funding for unemployment insurance and who qualifies for it, the impact on the economy if benefits are not extended, and potential reforms for unemployment.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
4:36 am AKT Approx. 39 min. LIVE U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Edward Reilly; John Sullivan; Joan Walker John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National ... John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor opinion poll on the economy and the middle class. Mr. Sullivan spoke on the survey as a whole, how it began and its purpose. Edward Reilly detailed the results of the poll. Among the findings of the poll were that majority of Americans believed the country was on the right path and supported President Obama. A sharp racial divide existed, however, with African American and Hispanics having both more optimistic feelings about the country’s path and President Obama than white Americans.
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
4:50 am AKT Approx. 48 min. Debt and National Security Former members of Congress and Admiral Mike Mullen talked about national debt and national ... Former members of Congress and Admiral Mike Mullen talked about national debt and national security. Admiral Mullen called on Congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff and lay a framework for debt reduction and economic growth over the next ten years. He joined former Senators and House Armed Services Committee Chairmen to urge Congress to act and avoid sequestration. Mullen said the next Congress will have to tackle tax reform, entitlement spending, and rising health care cost. Additional speakers included: Armed Services Committee Chairmen Sam Nunn, Ike Skelton, and John Warner. The Coalition for Fiscal and National Security hosted the discussion in Washington, DC.
4:38 am AKT Approx. 38 min. LIVE Unemployment Insurance and the Fiscal Cliff Josh Bivens; John McArdle; Michael Tanner Michael Tanner and Josh Bivens talked about unemployment insurance and how it could be affected ... Michael Tanner and Josh Bivens talked about unemployment insurance and how it could be affected during “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
"Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
5:14 am AKT Approx. 43 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff and the Federal Budget Ronald Brownstein; Allyson Schwartz; John Sullivan Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and ... Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and Congress reaching an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” She was optimistic about the chances for a compromise but agreed with President Obama that raising the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans was essential.*She also acknowledged the necessity of budget cuts.*
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
5:39 am AKT Approx. 57 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations and Business Republican and Democratic leaders talked about negotiations between President Obama and Congress ... Republican and Democratic leaders talked about negotiations between President Obama and Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
“Downsizing the Deficit: The Fiscal Cliff and Its Impact on Business” was a breakfast discussion moderated by Al Hunt.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and sequestration budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. "Sequestration," a legal procedure in which automatic budget cuts are triggered, was agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
5:19 am AKT Approx. 41 min. LIVE U.S. Energy Production John McArdle; Adam Sieminski; Frank Verrastro Adam Sieminski and Frank Verrastro talked about the long-term outlook for U.S. energy production ... Adam Sieminski and Frank Verrastro talked about the long-term outlook for U.S. energy production and consumption to 2040, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013) Reference case, which highlighted a growth in total U.S. energy production that exceeds growth in total U.S. energy consumption through 2040.
This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.
5:58 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. LIVE U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Panelists talked about the possible consequences of Congress and President Obama failing to reach ... Panelists talked about the possible consequences of Congress and President Obama failing to reach agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. Topics included tax code reform, housing prices, and increasing costs in higher education and the middle class. 6:39 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 27 min. Tax Reform Panelists discussed efforts to craft a tax reform package that would reduce rates and the deficit ... Panelists discussed efforts to craft a tax reform package that would reduce rates and the deficit without eliminating tax breaks that benefit large portions of the middle class. Mark Zandi said going back to Clinton-era tax rates on the rich would do less economic damage than other revenue raising options. 
“Fixing the Debt: Reforming the Tax Code and Federal Health Spending” was a forum held at Grand Hyatt Washington by the Campaign to Fix the Debt, which was co-founded by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the former co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
6:03 am AKT Approx. 57 min. Iran’s Human Rights Record Panelists talked about Iran’s human rights abuses and nuclear program. The participants ... Panelists talked about Iran’s human rights abuses and nuclear program. The participants Included an Iranian political prisoner who described her abuse and subsequent escape, and two other Iranians, one of whom was a former Obama administration adviser on Iran.
“Iran’s Human Rights Record” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
8:09 am AKT Approx. 34 min. Political Instability in Mali Government officials and policy researchers testified on political instability in Mali. They ... Government officials and policy researchers testified on political instability in Mali. They said Mali was battling three interrelated political, security, and humanitarian crises that needed the attention of the U.S and international community. 8:09 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 55 min. British Budget Statement George Osborne British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reported on the budget. He told members ... British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reported on the budget. He told members that the country was “on course” to meet budget targets over the upcoming five years despite new figures showing slow growth and more borrowing. Chancellor Osborne outlined the state of the nation’s finances, and said the deficit fell by a quarter during the preceding two years and that unemployment was expected to peak by 8.3 percent, lower than the 8.7 previously predicted. He also announced that the proposed three pence-per-liter fuel tax had been cancelled.
7:01 am AKT Approx. 5 min. LIVE House Pro Forma Session Patrick Conroy; Andy Harris The House convened for a pro forma session. The House convened for a pro forma session. 8:47 am AKT Approx. 42 min. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign ... Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign policy. Senator Casey remarked on the fear of chemical weapons in Syria and talked about the administration moving forward to recognize Syrian opposition. He also talked about Iran’s and Hezbollah’s relationship and aid to Syria. Representative Royce said he supports the NDAA amendment that shuts down businesses that have ties to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He also said he’ll work to stop efforts to diminish sanctions on Iran.
“Congressional Remarks” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
10:06 am AKT Approx. 51 min. Secretary Clinton on U.S. Foreign Policy Hillary Clinton; David Rothkopf; Jake Sullivan Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about the foreign policy issues and trends likely to ... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about the foreign policy issues and trends likely to confront the U.S. during the year ahead. Of the Syrian civil war, she said that the Syrian opposition was “now capable of holding ground” and “better equipped” to bring the fight to the government, but stopped short of declaring the country at its “tipping point.” She also discussed the future of U.S. foreign policy and economic growth and Pacific Asia. In addition, she spoke about the various challenges in the Middle East, stating that the biggest challenge was getting “the big crises right.”
Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning introduced Secretary Clinton.
7:07 am AKT Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Josh Boak; John McArdle Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” ... Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the difference between state and federal unemployment benefits, funding for unemployment insurance and who qualifies for it, the impact on the economy if benefits are not extended, and potential reforms for unemployment.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
9:32 am AKT Approx. 30 min. Future of Syria Robert Ford Ambassador Robert Ford talked about the future of Syria. In his remarks he said the Syrian ... Ambassador Robert Ford talked about the future of Syria. In his remarks he said the Syrian President Assad’s tenure as leader of his country would end soon.
This was a keynote address of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
10:59 am AKT Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Josh Boak; John McArdle Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” ... Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the difference between state and federal unemployment benefits, funding for unemployment insurance and who qualifies for it, the impact on the economy if benefits are not extended, and potential reforms for unemployment.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
7:13 am AKT Approx. 4 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations with President Obama. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 10:04 am AKT Approx. 56 min. Senators Kyl and Lieberman on Foreign Policy Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, ... Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both senators were critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy choices in the region. These Jeane J. Kirkpatrick award recipients were interviewed by Clifford May.
This discussion was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
11:05 am AKT Approx. 2 hr. 27 min. Job Creation Efforts Witnesses testified on a bill to provide tax incentives for small businesses, and to assist and ... Witnesses testified on a bill to provide tax incentives for small businesses, and to assist and bolster the entrepreneurial community. The committee examined legislative proposals and programs geared by Small Business Administration, along with the Success Act.
7:18 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 41 min. Fiscal Cliff and the Economy Witnesses testified on the effects of the “fiscal cliff” on the U.S. economy and the ... Witnesses testified on the effects of the “fiscal cliff” on the U.S. economy and the middle class, with a focus on sustaining long-term economic growth, reducing U.S. debt, and protecting the middle class. They agreed that the issue need to be resolved immediately to avoid another recession, but disagreed on how to raise revenue to achieve fiscal sustainability.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and sequestration budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. "Sequestration," a legal procedure in which automatic budget cuts are triggered, was agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
11:04 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. Elections in Muslim Countries Panelists debated the possibility of successful democracies in Muslim countries. Among the ... Panelists debated the possibility of successful democracies in Muslim countries. Among the issues they discussed were the need for patience with the democratic process in Muslim countries, reconciliation of democratic and Muslim principles, and Islamists versus non-Islamists candidates. Panelists responded to questions from the audience.
“Islamists and Elections: Where Do They Lead?” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' annual Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
1:35 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. Safety Risks in Youth Football, Part 1 A panel featuring athletes, administrators, doctors, journalists, and football industry ... A panel featuring athletes, administrators, doctors, journalists, and football industry representatives considered the health safety risks of youths playing football. 
Dr. Robert Cantu, neurosurgeon and author of Concussions and Our Kids, said that ninety percent of traumatic brain injuries in sports occur while playing football and eighty percent of those happen while tackling. He suggested that no children under the age of 14 should play tackle football and offered flag football as a better option.
“Playing Safety: The Future of Youth Football?” was an Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program moderated by Tom Farrey.
9:00 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 17 min. LIVE James Taylor on His Involvement in Politics James Taylor; Theresa Werner James Taylor talked about his background and political views, as well as election laws and ... James Taylor talked about his background and political views, as well as election laws and reforms, such as a national holiday for voting, voter fraud and identification laws, and the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Other topics included the George W. Bush administration’s involvement in Iraq, and his work for President Obama’s campaign. In between remarks, he played guitar and sang several songs including “Carolina in My Mind” and “Something in the Way She Moves.” 12:13 pm AKT Approx. 57 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations and Business Republican and Democratic leaders talked about negotiations between President Obama and Congress ... Republican and Democratic leaders talked about negotiations between President Obama and Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
“Downsizing the Deficit: The Fiscal Cliff and Its Impact on Business” was a breakfast discussion moderated by Al Hunt.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and sequestration budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. "Sequestration," a legal procedure in which automatic budget cuts are triggered, was agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
3:08 pm AKT Approx. 51 min. War on Drugs Christopher Bracey; David Fontana; Daniel Okrent Panelists talked about marijuana legalization and its potential ramifications on the drug ... Panelists talked about marijuana legalization and its potential ramifications on the drug war. Author Daniel Okrent compared marijuana legalization to Prohibition, and said that regulating human desire is a losing cause. Okrent also covered the federal cost of enforcing current laws. Other speakers talked about the legal side and the patchwork of state-to-state regulation, as well as state vs. federal laws. Hosted by the National Constitution Center.
10:20 am AKT Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations with President Obama. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 1:12 pm AKT Approx. 47 min. Debt and National Security Former members of Congress and Admiral Mike Mullen talked about national debt and national ... Former members of Congress and Admiral Mike Mullen talked about national debt and national security. Admiral Mullen called on Congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff and lay a framework for debt reduction and economic growth over the next ten years. He joined former Senators and House Armed Services Committee Chairmen to urge Congress to act and avoid sequestration. Mullen said the next Congress will have to tackle tax reform, entitlement spending, and rising health care cost. Additional speakers included: Armed Services Committee Chairmen Sam Nunn, Ike Skelton, and John Warner. The Coalition for Fiscal and National Security hosted the discussion in Washington, DC. 4:02 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 41 min. Scientific Predictions About the Future Panelists talked about the world envisioned by previous generations, and how things are different ... Panelists talked about the world envisioned by previous generations, and how things are different from that vision today. Greg Benford of the University of California, noted that many predictions about mass transportation have not come true, but the scientists of the mid 20th century also failed to predict the power and influence of the Internet.
10:24 am AKT Approx. 9 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal ... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 2:03 pm AKT Approx. 24 min. Assistance for Veterans Re-Adjusting to Civilian Life Leon Panetta; Eric Shinseki Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta briefed reporters at ... Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta briefed reporters at the Veterans Affairs offices in Washington, D.C., on joint departmental efforts to assist military personnel re-entering civilian life. They also talked about the impact that sequestration would have on veterans if no agreement is reached on the “fiscal cliff.” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reiterated that the Syrian government would face serious consequences if it used weapons of mass destruction against rebels. 
“Fiscal cliff” refers to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. "Sequestration," a legal procedure in which automatic budget cuts are triggered, was agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Roughly $500 billion would be cut from the Defense Department budget in January 2013.
5:47 pm AKT Approx. 42 min. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign ... Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign policy. Senator Casey remarked on the fear of chemical weapons in Syria and talked about the administration moving forward to recognize Syrian opposition. He also talked about Iran’s and Hezbollah’s relationship and aid to Syria. Representative Royce said he supports the NDAA amendment that shuts down businesses that have ties to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He also said he’ll work to stop efforts to diminish sanctions on Iran.
“Congressional Remarks” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
10:35 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 31 min. Federal Housing Authority Finances Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan testified on the financial health of the ... Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan testified on the financial health of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The agency had a $16 billion deficit due to mortgage lending activity during the financial crisis. Secretary Donovan said he could not guarantee the agency would not need to draw money from the Treasury Department at the end of 2013. He also outlined a number of policy changes being enacted or contemplated that would affect millions of Americans seeking mortgages through FHA. 2:27 pm AKT Approx. 32 min. Military Operations in the Pacific Samuel Locklear Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of U.S. military operations in the Pacific, spoke with ... Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of U.S. military operations in the Pacific, spoke with Pentagon reporters about North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite later in the month, in violation of two United Nations Security Council resolutions. He also talked about China’s decision to build an aircraft carrier and the Obama administration’s shift of resources to the Pacific region. 6:32 pm AKT Approx. 56 min. Senators Kyl and Lieberman on Foreign Policy Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, ... Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both senators were critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy choices in the region. These Jeane J. Kirkpatrick award recipients were interviewed by Clifford May.
This discussion was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
12:55 pm AKT Approx. 35 min. Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Transportation Systems Senators from New York and New Jersey testified on transportation systems damaged by Hurricane ... Senators from New York and New Jersey testified on transportation systems damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand talked about salt water damage to New York’s 108-year old subway system rail lines. Senator Menendez talked about other natural disasters that occurred other places around the country and called on the rest of the country to support New York and New Jersey in its rebuilding efforts. He also had photos showing the extensive damage to parts of New Jersey. Then transportation officials testified about the damage the storm did in the region, the costs of repairs, and the need to improve the the systems to be better prepared for future emergencies. 3:02 pm AKT Approx. 56 min. Iran’s Human Rights Record Panelists talked about Iran’s human rights abuses and nuclear program. The participants ... Panelists talked about Iran’s human rights abuses and nuclear program. The participants Included an Iranian political prisoner who described her abuse and subsequent escape, and two other Iranians, one of whom was a former Obama administration adviser on Iran.
“Iran’s Human Rights Record” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
7:32 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 12 min. United Kingdom National Security Strategy Philip Hammond Britain’s Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond and Director General of Security Policy Tom ... Britain’s Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond and Director General of Security Policy Tom McKane talked about the importance of the new National Security Council set up by the coalition government after the 2010 election. 
Secretary Hammond talked about about the perceived shift in American foreign policy interest away from Europe and towards China, and policy differences between the UK and Europe over the Middle East. This hearing included members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Labour Party member Margaret Beckett chaired this session.
1:31 pm AKT Approx. 32 min. U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Edward Reilly; John Sullivan; Joan Walker John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National ... John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor opinion poll on the economy and the middle class. Mr. Sullivan spoke on the survey as a whole, how it began and its purpose. Edward Reilly detailed the results of the poll. Among the findings of the poll were that majority of Americans believed the country was on the right path and supported President Obama. A sharp racial divide existed, however, with African American and Hispanics having both more optimistic feelings about the country’s path and President Obama than white Americans.
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
4:01 pm AKT Approx. 57 min. Health Care, Insurance and Medicare Bruce Broussard; Hewitt Shaw Bruce Broussard spoke about health care, insurance, and Medicare. Topics included the ... Bruce Broussard spoke about health care, insurance, and Medicare. Topics included the Affordable Care Act (the health care law), new approaches to integrating delivery systems, the benefits of healthy lifestyles, and how health care could help reduce national debt . Among his comments he said the $750 billion per year was wasted on health care. After his speech he answered questions from audience members. 8:47 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 13 min. Reducing Health Care Costs Businessmen and politicians agreed that rising health care costs were one of the main factors ... Businessmen and politicians agreed that rising health care costs were one of the main factors driving long term deficits in the U.S. They discussed ways to make the health care system more efficient and debated how much should be saved overall.
“Fixing the Debt: Reforming the Tax Code and Federal Health Spending” was a forum held at Grand Hyatt Washington by the Campaign to Fix the Debt, which was co-founded by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the former co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
2:04 pm AKT Approx. 41 min. Fiscal Cliff and the Federal Budget Ronald Brownstein; Allyson Schwartz; John Sullivan Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and ... Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and Congress reaching an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” She was optimistic about the chances for a compromise but agreed with President Obama that raising the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans was essential.*She also acknowledged the necessity of budget cuts.*
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
5:37 pm AKT Approx. 8 min. Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony Veterans and their families gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The Vice ... Veterans and their families gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld, gave the keynote address and lead the delegation in the presentation of wreaths at the Freedom Wall, where the 4,000 stars commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives in WWII. 2012 marked 71 years since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II. 10:01 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 41 min. Scientific Predictions About the Future Panelists talked about the world envisioned by previous generations, and how things are different ... Panelists talked about the world envisioned by previous generations, and how things are different from that vision today. Greg Benford of the University of California, noted that many predictions about mass transportation have not come true, but the scientists of the mid 20th century also failed to predict the power and influence of the Internet.
2:47 pm AKT Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations with President Obama. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 5:48 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 17 min. 25th Anniversary of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty Former Reagan administration officials talked about negotiating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty with ... Former Reagan administration officials talked about negotiating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty with the Soviet Union. The Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), led to the destruction of thousands of Europe-based nuclear missiles on both sides. The enevnt marked the 25th anniversary of the U.S.-U.S.S.R summit at which the treaty was signed. Panelists responded to questions from the audience. 11:46 pm AKT Approx. 42 min. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign ... Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign policy. Senator Casey remarked on the fear of chemical weapons in Syria and talked about the administration moving forward to recognize Syrian opposition. He also talked about Iran’s and Hezbollah’s relationship and aid to Syria. Representative Royce said he supports the NDAA amendment that shuts down businesses that have ties to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He also said he’ll work to stop efforts to diminish sanctions on Iran.
“Congressional Remarks” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
2:52 pm AKT Approx. 8 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal ... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 7:07 pm AKT Approx. 32 min. Military Operations in the Pacific Samuel Locklear Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of U.S. military operations in the Pacific, spoke with ... Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of U.S. military operations in the Pacific, spoke with Pentagon reporters about North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite later in the month, in violation of two United Nations Security Council resolutions. He also talked about China’s decision to build an aircraft carrier and the Obama administration’s shift of resources to the Pacific region. 12:32 am AKT Approx. 56 min. Senators Kyl and Lieberman on Foreign Policy Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, ... Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both senators were critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy choices in the region. These Jeane J. Kirkpatrick award recipients were interviewed by Clifford May.
This discussion was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
3:02 pm AKT Approx. 7 min. Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Josh Boak; John McArdle Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” ... Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the difference between state and federal unemployment benefits, funding for unemployment insurance and who qualifies for it, the impact on the economy if benefits are not extended, and potential reforms for unemployment.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
7:43 pm AKT Approx. 58 min. Health Care, Insurance and Medicare Bruce Broussard; Hewitt Shaw Bruce Broussard spoke about health care, insurance, and Medicare. Topics included the ... Bruce Broussard spoke about health care, insurance, and Medicare. Topics included the Affordable Care Act (the health care law), new approaches to integrating delivery systems, the benefits of healthy lifestyles, and how health care could help reduce national debt . Among his comments he said the $750 billion per year was wasted on health care. After his speech he answered questions from audience members. 1:31 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 12 min. United Kingdom National Security Strategy Philip Hammond Britain’s Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond and Director General of Security Policy Tom ... Britain’s Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond and Director General of Security Policy Tom McKane talked about the importance of the new National Security Council set up by the coalition government after the 2010 election. 
Secretary Hammond talked about about the perceived shift in American foreign policy interest away from Europe and towards China, and policy differences between the UK and Europe over the Middle East. This hearing included members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Labour Party member Margaret Beckett chaired this session.
3:10 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 32 min. LIVE Immigrants and the U.S. Economy Panelists talked about the impact that admission policies for highly skilled immigrants has on the ... Panelists talked about the impact that admission policies for highly skilled immigrants has on the U.S. economy, specifically policies that are making it increasingly difficult for highly skilled professionals, such as engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs, to enter and remain in the U.S. 10:47 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 2 min. High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program Witnesses testified on the Obama administration’s high-speed rail program. California ... Witnesses testified on the Obama administration’s high-speed rail program. California Representatives Janice Hahn (D) and Kevin McCarthy (R) testified before the committee about California’s high speed rail program, on which they disagreed. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also focused on California as he testified about the management of the administration’s program, the status of rail projects, and ways the program can be improved. Other officials, including from other states, also testified. 2:46 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 13 min. Reducing Health Care Costs Businessmen and politicians agreed that rising health care costs were one of the main factors ... Businessmen and politicians agreed that rising health care costs were one of the main factors driving long term deficits in the U.S. They discussed ways to make the health care system more efficient and debated how much should be saved overall.
“Fixing the Debt: Reforming the Tax Code and Federal Health Spending” was a forum held at Grand Hyatt Washington by the Campaign to Fix the Debt, which was co-founded by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the former co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
4:43 pm AKT Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations with President Obama. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 11:52 pm AKT Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Josh Boak; John McArdle Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” ... Josh Boak talked about federal extended unemployment benefits and “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the difference between state and federal unemployment benefits, funding for unemployment insurance and who qualifies for it, the impact on the economy if benefits are not extended, and potential reforms for unemployment.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
4:48 pm AKT Approx. 9 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal ... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. 12:35 am AKT Approx. 8 min. Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony Veterans and their families gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The Vice ... Veterans and their families gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld, gave the keynote address and lead the delegation in the presentation of wreaths at the Freedom Wall, where the 4,000 stars commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives in WWII. 2012 marked 71 years since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II.
5:00 pm AKT Approx. 31 min. U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Edward Reilly; John Sullivan; Joan Walker John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National ... John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor opinion poll on the economy and the middle class. Mr. Sullivan spoke on the survey as a whole, how it began and its purpose. Edward Reilly detailed the results of the poll. Among the findings of the poll were that majority of Americans believed the country was on the right path and supported President Obama. A sharp racial divide existed, however, with African American and Hispanics having both more optimistic feelings about the country’s path and President Obama than white Americans.
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
12:46 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 17 min. 25th Anniversary of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty Former Reagan administration officials talked about negotiating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty with ... Former Reagan administration officials talked about negotiating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty with the Soviet Union. The Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), led to the destruction of thousands of Europe-based nuclear missiles on both sides. The enevnt marked the 25th anniversary of the U.S.-U.S.S.R summit at which the treaty was signed. Panelists responded to questions from the audience.
5:32 pm AKT Approx. 43 min. Fiscal Cliff and the Federal Budget Ronald Brownstein; Allyson Schwartz; John Sullivan Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and ... Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and Congress reaching an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” She was optimistic about the chances for a compromise but agreed with President Obama that raising the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans was essential.*She also acknowledged the necessity of budget cuts.*
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
2:08 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. Elections in Muslim Countries Panelists debated the possibility of successful democracies in Muslim countries. Among the ... Panelists debated the possibility of successful democracies in Muslim countries. Among the issues they discussed were the need for patience with the democratic process in Muslim countries, reconciliation of democratic and Muslim principles, and Islamists versus non-Islamists candidates. Panelists responded to questions from the audience.
“Islamists and Elections: Where Do They Lead?” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' annual Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
6:16 pm AKT Approx. 56 min. U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Panelists talked about the possible consequences of Congress and President Obama failing to reach ... Panelists talked about the possible consequences of Congress and President Obama failing to reach agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. Topics included tax code reform, housing prices, and increasing costs in higher education and the middle class.
7:15 pm AKT Approx. 37 min. Unemployment Insurance and the Fiscal Cliff Josh Bivens; John McArdle; Michael Tanner Michael Tanner and Josh Bivens talked about unemployment insurance and how it could be affected ... Michael Tanner and Josh Bivens talked about unemployment insurance and how it could be affected during “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
"Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
7:56 pm AKT Approx. 1 hr. 22 min. Immigrants and the U.S. Economy Panelists talked about the impact that admission policies for highly skilled immigrants has on the ... Panelists talked about the impact that admission policies for highly skilled immigrants has on the U.S. economy, specifically policies that are making it increasingly difficult for highly skilled professionals, such as engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs, to enter and remain in the U.S.
9:21 pm AKT Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations with President Obama. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
9:25 pm AKT Approx. 9 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal ... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
9:37 pm AKT Approx. 31 min. U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Edward Reilly; John Sullivan; Joan Walker John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National ... John Fox Sullivan and Edward Reilly talked about the results of an Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor opinion poll on the economy and the middle class. Mr. Sullivan spoke on the survey as a whole, how it began and its purpose. Edward Reilly detailed the results of the poll. Among the findings of the poll were that majority of Americans believed the country was on the right path and supported President Obama. A sharp racial divide existed, however, with African American and Hispanics having both more optimistic feelings about the country’s path and President Obama than white Americans.
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
10:09 pm AKT Approx. 43 min. Fiscal Cliff and the Federal Budget Ronald Brownstein; Allyson Schwartz; John Sullivan Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and ... Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and Congress reaching an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” She was optimistic about the chances for a compromise but agreed with President Obama that raising the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans was essential.*She also acknowledged the necessity of budget cuts.*
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
10:53 pm AKT Approx. 56 min. U.S. Economy and the Middle Class Panelists talked about the possible consequences of Congress and President Obama failing to reach ... Panelists talked about the possible consequences of Congress and President Obama failing to reach agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. Topics included tax code reform, housing prices, and increasing costs in higher education and the middle class.
11:51 pm AKT Approx. 37 min. Unemployment Insurance and the Fiscal Cliff Josh Bivens; John McArdle; Michael Tanner Michael Tanner and Josh Bivens talked about unemployment insurance and how it could be affected ... Michael Tanner and Josh Bivens talked about unemployment insurance and how it could be affected during “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
"Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
12:33 am AKT Approx. 1 hr. 22 min. Immigrants and the U.S. Economy Panelists talked about the impact that admission policies for highly skilled immigrants has on the ... Panelists talked about the impact that admission policies for highly skilled immigrants has on the U.S. economy, specifically policies that are making it increasingly difficult for highly skilled professionals, such as engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs, to enter and remain in the U.S.
1:57 am AKT Approx. 43 min. Fiscal Cliff and the Federal Budget Ronald Brownstein; Allyson Schwartz; John Sullivan Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and ... Representative Allison Schwartz (D-PA) talked about the possibility of President Obama and Congress reaching an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” She was optimistic about the chances for a compromise but agreed with President Obama that raising the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans was essential.*She also acknowledged the necessity of budget cuts.*
The program was part of a National Journal forum on the economy and the middle class.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
2:43 am AKT Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations with President Obama. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
2:47 am AKT Approx. 9 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal ... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters about the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders. "Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.