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6:00 am CT Approx. 48 min. LIVE Open Phones Peter Slen Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the possibility of retiring Secretary of State ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the possibility of retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016. 5:59 am CT 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. 5:49 am CT Approx. 59 min. FEMA Response to Hurricane Sandy, Senators Panel Senators affected by Hurricane Sandy testified about damage and recovery efforts in their ... Senators affected by Hurricane Sandy testified about damage and recovery efforts in their states. They focused on the challenges their constituents faced in the aftermath of the storm and the need for increasing funding for mitigation. They also spoke of the need for being more prepared for an increase in similarly severe storms due to global climate change.
6:51 am CT Approx. 43 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff Compromises Nancy Calo; Peter Slen; Armstrong Williams Armstrong Williams talked about the latest “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Congress, ... Armstrong Williams talked about the latest “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Congress, what the Republicans need to be willing to compromise on, and whether he thinks a deal will be reached before the end of 2012.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
7:27 am CT Approx. 32 min. Defense Secretary Panetta at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Leon Panetta; Alton Stocks Secretary Panetta spoke at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in honor of the ... Secretary Panetta spoke at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in honor of the hospital’s first anniversary and to pay tribute to medical professionals in the military. The hospital was created out of the merger of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Naval Hospital. 6:49 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. FEMA Response to Hurricane Sandy, FEMA and HUD Panel Secretary Shaun Dovovan and Craig Fugate testified on damage and recovery efforts from Hurricane ... Secretary Shaun Dovovan and Craig Fugate testified on damage and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. They focused on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) efforts in support of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), FEMA funds, and preparedness investment.
7:36 am CT Approx. 57 min. LIVE Tax Incentives and the Fiscal Cliff Nancy Calo; Sam Goldfarb; Peter Slen Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax ... Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax extender” package that were part of the “fiscal cliff” talks.He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included some of the types of tax extenders and the costs of retaining them, the alternative minimum tax, and the complexity of U.S. tax code.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
7:59 am CT Approx. 31 min. LIVE 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. 8:00 am CT Approx. 24 min. Representative Paul Ryan at Kemp Foundation Leadership Award Dinner Paul Ryan; Robert Woodson Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the 2011 winner of the Kemp Leadership Award, gave the keynote ... Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the 2011 winner of the Kemp Leadership Award, gave the keynote speech at the 2012 Jack Kemp Foundation dinner at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel honoring Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Representative Ryan talked about topics including the 2012 presidential campaign, closing the poverty gap, and welfare reform.
8:33 am CT Approx. 30 min. LIVE Open Phones Peter Slen Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the news of the day. Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the news of the day. 8:30 am CT Approx. 7 hr. 22 min. LIVE Senate Session The U.S. Senate convened for a legislative session.
The Senate passed H. R. 6156; A bill to ...
The U.S. Senate convened for a legislative session.
The Senate passed H. R. 6156; A bill to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to products of the Russian Federation and Moldova and to require reports on the compliance of the Russian Federation with its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, and for other purposes.
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Mark E. Walker, of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.
8:25 am CT Approx. 35 min. Senator Marco Rubio at Kemp Foundation Leadership Award Dinner Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke at the Jack Kemp Foundation dinner at the Mayflower Renaissance ... Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke at the Jack Kemp Foundation dinner at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. Senator Rubio laid out several policy recommendations he believed would help all families regardless of class and keep the nation great. He said that President Obama’s tax hike proposal on high income earners was not the best way to achieve economic growth and control America’s debt. Other topics included education and health care reform. He was then presented with the 2012 Kemp Leadership Award by the widow of former Representative Jack Kemp,
9:06 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 32 min. LIVE 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. 3:53 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Resignation of Senator DeMint Daniel Henniger; Bill Scanlan Daniel Henniger spoke by telephone about the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to become ... Daniel Henniger spoke by telephone about the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to become president of the Heritage Foundation. 9:04 am CT Approx. 32 min. Assessment of Bradley Manning Case David Coombs David Coombs, defense attorney for PFC Bradley Manning, talked about his client’s ... David Coombs, defense attorney for PFC Bradley Manning, talked about his client’s case. He talked about PFC Manning’s upcoming court-martial and the treatment he received since being detained. The Bradley Manning Support Network hosted this event.
Bradley Manning is accused of passing classified material to the Website WikiLeaks.
10:41 am CT Approx. 29 min. Tax Incentives and the Fiscal Cliff Nancy Calo; Sam Goldfarb; Peter Slen Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax ... Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax extender” package that were part of the “fiscal cliff” talks.He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included some of the types of tax extenders and the costs of retaining them, the alternative minimum tax, and the complexity of U.S. tax code.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
4:02 pm CT Approx. 14 min. Senator Baucus on Debt and Deficit Reduction Max Baucus; Maya MacGuineas Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) called on Congress to extend the Bush-era tax ... Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) called on Congress to extend the Bush-era tax cuts on incomes under $250,000 and avoid another damaging fight over the debt ceiling. He said the government needs new revenue immediately in order to deal with the long term deficits caused by rising health care costs and retiring baby boomers.
“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.
9:38 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. LIVE 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.
11:11 am CT Approx. 11 min. LIVE Senator Harry Reid on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), accompanied by Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Chuck ... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), accompanied by Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, and Patty Murray, briefed the media on the ongoing “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He said that Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to raise the debt limit was a good step in the negotiations.
However, later in the day Senators McConnell and Reid could not agree on whether to require 60 votes for the passage of the debt limit agreement. 
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
4:18 pm CT Approx. 45 min. Politico Playbook Breakfast with Senator Marco Rubio Mike Allen; Marco Rubio; Bob Woodward Mike Allen interviewed Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) during Politico’s “Playbook ... Mike Allen interviewed Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) during Politico’s “Playbook Breakfast,” held at the Newseum. Senator Rubio answered questions on education reform, his background, immigration, the future of the Republican Party, and other subjects. Afterward, Senator Rubio took questions from the audience. He also interacted with fellow guest Bob Woodward. 11:05 am CT Approx. 58 min. U.S.-China Relations Panelists talked about how the new Chinese Communist Party leadership will impact U.S.-China ... Panelists talked about how the new Chinese Communist Party leadership will impact U.S.-China relations. CBS News Bob Schieffer, along with Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell participated in the discussion. This event was hosted by the Center for International Studies in Washington, DC and the Schieffer School of Journalism. Panelists spoke about U.S. engagement and approach on China, what to expect with the new leadership change and the Chinese economy, the the difficult yet vital relationship between U.S.-China and solutions on how to move forward.
11:23 am CT Approx. 23 min. Open Phones Peter Slen Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the possibility of retiring Secretary of State ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the possibility of retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016. 5:06 pm CT Approx. 7 min. Tax Incentives and the Fiscal Cliff Nancy Calo; Sam Goldfarb; Peter Slen Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax ... Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax extender” package that were part of the “fiscal cliff” talks.He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included some of the types of tax extenders and the costs of retaining them, the alternative minimum tax, and the complexity of U.S. tax code.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
12:06 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 20 min. Energy Security Business, political, and retired military leaders talked about the report they were releasing, ... Business, political, and retired military leaders talked about the report they were releasing, “National Strategy for Energy Security: Harnessing American Resources and Innovation.” The report from Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) made long-term policy recommendations for energy security. They agreed that oil dependence was the greatest threat to U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and fiscal stability. In the SAFE report, the writers of the report suggested maximizing oil and gas production, reducing consumption and improving conservation, which could boost revenue and reduce debt. This event took place in the Newseum.
11:47 am CT Approx. 14 min. LIVE Human Rights in Russia A bipartisan roup of senators briefed the media on the Magnitsky Act, which targets Russian ... A bipartisan roup of senators briefed the media on the Magnitsky Act, which targets Russian officials deemed by the U.S. to have violated human rights, as well as the Russia-Moldova trade bill. 5:14 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Debt Ceiling Negotiations Bill Scanlan; Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor spoke via Skype about the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” ... Andrew Taylor spoke via Skype about the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement.
1:28 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. Latest Developments in Syria Yassin Sabha; Radwan Ziadeh Syrian opposition spokesperson Radwan Ziadeh talked about the latest developments in the ... Syrian opposition spokesperson Radwan Ziadeh talked about the latest developments in the country’s civil war and opposition efforts against the regime of President Assad. The event was moderated by Yassin Sabha, with questions from the audience.
12:01 pm CT Approx. 21 min. LIVE U.S. Policy Toward Syria A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support ... A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support for the Obama administration’s latest warning to the Assad regime over the use of biological weapons. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told reporters he would support a “use of force resolution” to prevent Syria’s government from using chemical or biological weapons on its own people. The previous day U.S. intelligence officials said the Syrian military had loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs. 5:23 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 32 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. 5:11 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. Federal Response to Rise in Autism Rates Domestic and advocacy group officials testified about autism. Among the topics they discussed ... Domestic and advocacy group officials testified about autism. Among the topics they discussed were efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the disease, the cost of the disease, limited public health resources, and public health policy. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) denied a link between rising autism rates and vaccinations. Representative Burton showed a video about research on the effect of mercury on the brain.
12:23 pm CT Approx. 14 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?”
7:01 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Senator Graham on Resignation of Senator DeMint Lindsey Graham U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke on the floor of the Senate about the retirement of his ... U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke on the floor of the Senate about the retirement of his friend and colleague, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). Earlier that day Senator DeMint had announced that he would retire from the Senate at the beginning of January 2013 to become the president of the Heritage Foundation. 6:37 pm CT Approx. 22 min. Report on British Media Practices Brian Leveson Lord Justice Brian Leveson gave his final report into the culture, practices and ethics of the ... Lord Justice Brian Leveson gave his final report into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. The report followed a year-long investigation after revelations of telephone hacking and other illegal behavior surfaced at Rupert Murdoch’s News International. He called for a new regulatory body to be established in law to oversee press behavior.
12:38 pm CT Approx. 42 min. LIVE 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?”
7:07 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Resignation of Senator DeMint Daniel Henniger; Bill Scanlan Daniel Henniger spoke by telephone about the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to become ... Daniel Henniger spoke by telephone about the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to become president of the Heritage Foundation. 7:36 pm CT Approx. 47 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.
1:20 pm CT Approx. 43 min. LIVE Nuclear Weapons in Muslim Countries Panelists talked about Iran’s nuclear proliferation ambitions. All agreed Iran’s ... Panelists talked about Iran’s nuclear proliferation ambitions. All agreed Iran’s nuclear program is a serious threat to the U.S. and the region. David Albright, founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, said Iran would be inclined to build nuclear bombs if they had the technical capability. 
“The Arab Spring: Nonproliferation Risks and Opportunities” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
7:14 pm CT Approx. 23 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.
8:26 pm CT Approx. 3 hr. 5 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.
2:04 pm CT Approx. 58 min. LIVE 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?”
7:40 pm CT Approx. 21 min. U.S. Policy Toward Syria A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support ... A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support for the Obama administration’s latest warning to the Assad regime over the use of biological weapons. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told reporters he would support a “use of force resolution” to prevent Syria’s government from using chemical or biological weapons on its own people. The previous day U.S. intelligence officials said the Syrian military had loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs. 11:33 pm CT 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.
3:02 pm CT Approx. 30 min. LIVE Undersecretary Cohen on Foreign Policy David Cohen; Mark Dubowitz David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, accepted the George Shultz ... David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, accepted the George Shultz Award for Distinguished Service. He also spoke about sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. This was the closing keynote address of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?” 8:01 pm CT Approx. 50 min. Syrian Civil War Panelists talked about Syria’s civil war and ways to deal with Syrian President ... Panelists talked about Syria’s civil war and ways to deal with Syrian President Assad. Mr. Hannah, former National Security Adviser to Vice President Cheney, criticized President Obama for how he’s dealt with the Syrian civil war, adding that it may be too late. He was joined by Syrian activist Ammar Abdulhamid, who said the Obama administration lacks a clear vision in Syria. 
“What’s Next for Syria?” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
1:36 am CT Approx. 47 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.
3:33 pm CT Approx. 21 min. U.S. Policy Toward Syria A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support ... A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support for the Obama administration’s latest warning to the Assad regime over the use of biological weapons. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told reporters he would support a “use of force resolution” to prevent Syria’s government from using chemical or biological weapons on its own people. The previous day U.S. intelligence officials said the Syrian military had loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs. 8:54 pm CT Approx. 27 min. Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi Address to Nation Mohamed Morsi Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed the Egyptian people following days of anti-government ... Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed the Egyptian people following days of anti-government protests and violence. He blamed the violence on paid agents of unnamed forces wishing to destroy the country and warned against further violent unrest, saying it would not be tolerated. He also announced meetings with opposition leaders and said the referendum on a new constitution would proceed as planned in the following days.
Courtesy of Al Jazeera English.
4:28 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 3 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.
3:56 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 42 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.
9:23 pm CT 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?”
5:32 am CT 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.
5:39 pm CT Approx. 26 min. House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader Pelosi held her weekly legislative briefing with reporters, focusing on ... Minority Leader Pelosi held her weekly legislative briefing with reporters, focusing on negotiations on avoiding the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 if Congress does not reach a budget agreement before then. She called a recent Republican proposal an “assault on the middle class, seniors and the future,” and urged House Republicans to pass a middle class tax cut. 10:32 pm CT 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?”
6:05 pm CT Approx. 55 min. Tax Incentives and the Fiscal Cliff Nancy Calo; Sam Goldfarb; Peter Slen Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax ... Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax extender” package that were part of the “fiscal cliff” talks.He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included some of the types of tax extenders and the costs of retaining them, the alternative minimum tax, and the complexity of U.S. tax code.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
11:31 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Senator Graham on Resignation of Senator DeMint Lindsey Graham U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke on the floor of the Senate about the retirement of his ... U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke on the floor of the Senate about the retirement of his friend and colleague, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). Earlier that day Senator DeMint had announced that he would retire from the Senate at the beginning of January 2013 to become the president of the Heritage Foundation.
7:02 pm CT Approx. 10 min. Senate Leaders Reid and McConnell Debate Debt Ceiling Vote Mitch McConnell; Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) debated the 60-vote ... Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) debated the 60-vote requirement for Senator McConnell’s proposal to raise the debt ceiling limit. 11:37 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Resignation of Senator DeMint Daniel Henniger; Bill Scanlan Daniel Henniger spoke by telephone about the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to become ... Daniel Henniger spoke by telephone about the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
7:12 pm CT Approx. 3 min. Senators Durbin and Stabenow on Federal Debt Ceiling Debate Richard Durbin; Debbie Stabenow Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) remarked on the federal debt ceiling debate ... Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) remarked on the federal debt ceiling debate between Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Harry Reid (D-NV). 11:44 pm CT Approx. 23 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.
7:16 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Debt Ceiling Negotiations Bill Scanlan; Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor spoke via Skype about the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” ... Andrew Taylor spoke via Skype about the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement.
12:08 am CT Approx. 21 min. U.S. Policy Toward Syria A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support ... A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support for the Obama administration’s latest warning to the Assad regime over the use of biological weapons. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told reporters he would support a “use of force resolution” to prevent Syria’s government from using chemical or biological weapons on its own people. The previous day U.S. intelligence officials said the Syrian military had loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs.
7:23 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 42 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.
12:30 am CT Approx. 49 min. Syrian Civil War Panelists talked about Syria’s civil war and ways to deal with Syrian President ... Panelists talked about Syria’s civil war and ways to deal with Syrian President Assad. Mr. Hannah, former National Security Adviser to Vice President Cheney, criticized President Obama for how he’s dealt with the Syrian civil war, adding that it may be too late. He was joined by Syrian activist Ammar Abdulhamid, who said the Obama administration lacks a clear vision in Syria. 
“What’s Next for Syria?” was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”
9:07 pm CT 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. 1:23 am CT Approx. 27 min. Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi Address to Nation Mohamed Morsi Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed the Egyptian people following days of anti-government ... Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed the Egyptian people following days of anti-government protests and violence. He blamed the violence on paid agents of unnamed forces wishing to destroy the country and warned against further violent unrest, saying it would not be tolerated. He also announced meetings with opposition leaders and said the referendum on a new constitution would proceed as planned in the following days.
Courtesy of Al Jazeera English.
10:40 pm CT Approx. 10 min. Senate Leaders Reid and McConnell Debate Debt Ceiling Vote Mitch McConnell; Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) debated the 60-vote ... Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) debated the 60-vote requirement for Senator McConnell’s proposal to raise the debt ceiling limit. 1:54 am CT 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?”
10:51 pm CT Approx. 3 min. Senators Durbin and Stabenow on Federal Debt Ceiling Debate Richard Durbin; Debbie Stabenow Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) remarked on the federal debt ceiling debate ... Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) remarked on the federal debt ceiling debate between Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Harry Reid (D-NV). 3:04 am CT 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?”
10:54 pm CT Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Debt Ceiling Negotiations Bill Scanlan; Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor spoke via Skype about the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” ... Andrew Taylor spoke via Skype about the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement.
4:03 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 46 min. Fiscal Health of Federal Housing Authority Carol Galante was the keynote speaker at a discussion on the fiscal health of the Federal Housing ... Carol Galante was the keynote speaker at a discussion on the fiscal health of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA). She used PowerPoint to explain a recent independent audit which showed that the government agency was more than $16 billion in debt because of low interest rates and slow rising home prices. Following her remarks, housing experts talked about the FHA.
11:00 pm CT Approx. 8 min. Tax Incentives and the Fiscal Cliff Nancy Calo; Sam Goldfarb; Peter Slen Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax ... Sam Goldfarb talked about a group of tax incentives passed annually in a “tax extender” package that were part of the “fiscal cliff” talks.He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included some of the types of tax extenders and the costs of retaining them, the alternative minimum tax, and the complexity of U.S. tax code.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
This program was part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
5:55 am CT 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?”
11:09 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 42 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.
12:54 am CT 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.
2:28 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 11 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.
3:41 am CT Approx. 33 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.
4:16 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 42 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.