C-SPAN Schedule

< Thursday, November 29 >

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7:00 am ET Approx. 39 min. LIVE Open Phones Peter Slen Telephone lines were open for comments on House Republicans' call for spending cuts in any deal to ... Telephone lines were open for comments on House Republicans' call for spending cuts in any deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
"Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. 
6:25 am ET Approx. 46 min. Prime Minister Harper on U.S.-Canada Relations Maryscott Greenwood; Stephen Harper At a forum with business leaders in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed ... At a forum with business leaders in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed relations between the U.S. and Canada and described his government as “extremely pro-American.” Topics included the “fiscal cliff,” cross-border trade, and the current U.S.-Canada relationship.
He was interviewed by Maryscott Greenwood at the Canadian American Business Council 18th Annual Fall Policy Forum and Business Achievement Award Luncheon in Ottawa.
6:10 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 8 min. Cyber and Drone Warfare Panelists talked about drones and cyber attacks as tools of modern warfare, including the ability ... Panelists talked about drones and cyber attacks as tools of modern warfare, including the ability to find the source of cyber attacks and the rules of engagement for unmanned aerial drones. Speakers included NATO Commander Jean Paul Palomeros and Elisa Massimino of the group Human Rights First.
This was a panel of the 2012 Halifax International Security Forum.Global security leaders from over 50 countries gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to discuss pressing security and defense issues during the three-day summit.
7:40 am ET Approx. 9 min. LIVE House Committee Chair Appointments Molly Hooper; Peter Slen The Hill correspondent Molly Hooper spoke by phone about Speaker John Boehner’s House ... The Hill correspondent Molly Hooper spoke by phone about Speaker John Boehner’s House committee chair recommendations. 7:13 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 22 min. Chinese Rule of Law Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman talked about the rule of law in China. He was ... Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman talked about the rule of law in China. He was joined in discussion by law professors from Yale, Harvard, and New York University. They responded to questions from members of the audience.
“Prospects and Challenges for Rule of Law” was a session of the Brookings Institution event “Rule of Law in China: Prospects and Challenges” to launch Professor He Weifang’s book In the Name of Justice: Striving for the Rule of Law in China.
7:21 am ET Approx. 48 min. Gaming and Solving World Problems Jane McGonigal; Larry Smarr Jane McGonigal talked about the effects of gaming on health, education, and social issues, as well ... Jane McGonigal talked about the effects of gaming on health, education, and social issues, as well as the future of cloud computing. She talked about the use of the alternate realities in games to solve the world’s problems and the future of alternate realities overlaying the physical universe. She was interviewed by Larry Smarr and responded to questions from members of the audience.*
“Gaming and Solving World Problems” was a session at the second annual “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” Conference held at Scripps Seaside Forum by the University of California, San Diego, and The Atlantic.
7:52 am ET Approx. 42 min. LIVE Challenges to the Health Care Law Nancy Calo; Julie Rovner; Peter Slen Julie Rovner talked about the looming battles over the 2010 health care law (Affordable Care Act) ... Julie Rovner talked about the looming battles over the 2010 health care law (Affordable Care Act) in Congress, the courts, and at the state level. Some of those issues included issues over Medicaid, federal subsides, taxes, insurance rules, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 8:36 am ET Approx. 22 min. LIVE 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. 8:12 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. Public and Private Universities Panelists talked about the future of public research universities. Scott Jaschik moderated ... Panelists talked about the future of public research universities. Scott Jaschik moderated the presentation “Sustaining Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and the Arts.” Topics included the quality of public versus private universities, focusing on faculty, funding, and majors that would lead to jobs. Tamar Lewin moderated the final panel, summarizing the themes of the conference. Topics included cost, competition for out-of-state students, online courses, adult education, the influence of U.S. News and World Report rankings, and efforts by schools to improve their ranking. 
“Precipice or Crossroads: A Symposium on the Future of Public Research Universities” was a three-day symposium held by the University of Vermont.
8:37 am ET Approx. 38 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff and Payroll Tax Cuts Nancy Calo; Kim Dixon; Peter Slen Kim Dixon talked about the temporary payroll tax cuts put in place in 2011, and how they relate to ... Kim Dixon talked about the temporary payroll tax cuts put in place in 2011, and how they relate to negotiations between Congress and President Obama on avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” Topics included the tax cuts' benefits to taxpayers, their impact on the economy, and the possibility that they would be extended. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to 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.
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.”
9:01 am ET Approx. 29 min. Senator Dick Durbin Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Richard Durbin; Neera Tanden Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) talked about the “fiscal cliff” and deficit ... Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) talked about the “fiscal cliff” and deficit reduction. He said he remained optimistic that Republicans and Democrats could agree on a solution to avoid the fiscal cliff. He added, however, that in order to reach a deal, Democrats needed to be open to Medicare and Medicaid changes, although not Social Security in the near future. 
“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 part of the Budget Control Act of 2011.
9:36 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 28 min. LIVE Hurricane Sandy Impact and Recovery Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware ... Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware spoke about damage and ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. During their comments several members showed photographs of destruction to businesses, personal property, and beaches in their districts and states. Senator Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held back tears as she told stories of families who lost children to the storm.
9:16 am ET Approx. 44 min. LIVE Payroll Tax Cut Extension Seth Hanlon; William McBride; Peter Slen William McBride and Seth Hanlon talked about the possibility of extending the temporary payroll ... William McBride and Seth Hanlon talked about the possibility of extending the temporary payroll tax cuts enacted in 2011, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the tax cuts' impact on the economy. 9:30 am ET Approx. 14 hr. 8 min. LIVE Senate Session The Senate resumed for an hour of morning business and thereafter resumed consideration of ... The Senate resumed for an hour of morning business and thereafter resumed consideration of amendments to S. 3254, the defense authorization bill.
The Senate adjourned as a mark of further respect to the memory of former Senator Warren B. Rudman.
12:05 pm ET Approx. 8 min. LIVE Senate Boxer on Hurricane Sandy Barbara Boxer Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke to reporters after chairing a hearing by the Senate Environment ... Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke to reporters after chairing a hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about Hurricane Sandy, “Sandy and Its Impacts: A Local Perspective.” Topics included what efforts have been made to mitigate global climate change and future legislative efforts.
10:00 am ET Approx. 56 min. LIVE Morning Hour The House met for Morning Hour, during which members spoke on a variety of topics. The House met for Morning Hour, during which members spoke on a variety of topics. 11:41 pm ET Approx. 23 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. 12:16 pm ET Approx. 40 min. Challenges to the Health Care Law Nancy Calo; Julie Rovner; Peter Slen Julie Rovner talked about the looming battles over the 2010 health care law (Affordable Care Act) ... Julie Rovner talked about the looming battles over the 2010 health care law (Affordable Care Act) in Congress, the courts, and at the state level. Some of those issues included issues over Medicaid, federal subsides, taxes, insurance rules, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
10:57 am ET Approx. 23 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. 12:04 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Prime Minister Cameron on Leveson Inquiry Report David Cameron; Edward Miliband British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s final report ... British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s 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. Prime Minister Cameron said that he agreed with most of Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, but not with proposals for new laws on grounds of “principles and practicality.” He said new laws were not necessary. He responded to questions from members of the House of Commons. 1:00 pm ET Approx. 44 min. Payroll Tax Cut Extension Seth Hanlon; William McBride; Peter Slen William McBride and Seth Hanlon talked about the possibility of extending the temporary payroll ... William McBride and Seth Hanlon talked about the possibility of extending the temporary payroll tax cuts enacted in 2011, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the tax cuts' impact on the economy.
11:21 am ET Approx. 15 min. Vice President Biden at Costco Opening Joseph Biden Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District ... Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District of Columbia-area Costco Wholesale store. While there, he used his CostCo membership card to purchase several items. He also made remarks to reporters about the “fiscal cliff,” the automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 if Congress does not reach a budget agreement before then.  1:18 am ET Approx. 38 min. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Leveson Inquiry Report Nick Clegg; Harriet Harman Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s final report into ... Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s 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 addressed the House of Commons separately as he did not agree with Prime Minister Cameron’s position that no new laws were needed to regulate the media. He responded to questions from members, including explaining that members of a coalition government were allowed to disagree on some issues. This is a portion of the debate. 1:46 pm ET Approx. 5 min. Fiscal Cliff and Payroll Tax Cuts Nancy Calo; Kim Dixon; Peter Slen Kim Dixon talked about the temporary payroll tax cuts put in place in 2011, and how they relate to ... Kim Dixon talked about the temporary payroll tax cuts put in place in 2011, and how they relate to negotiations between Congress and President Obama on avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” Topics included the tax cuts' benefits to taxpayers, their impact on the economy, and the possibility that they would be extended. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to 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.
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.”
11:36 am ET Approx. 2 min. LIVE House Speaker News Conference John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He said no progress had been made between the White House and congressional leadership in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” He also said that House Republicans had agreed to consider increased tax revenue, but they had not yet heard what kind of spending cuts the Obama administration would accept in return.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. 
1:57 am ET Approx. 33 min. BBC Newsnight Gavin Esler BBC Newsnight reported on the events surrounding the release that day of the Leveson Report of the ... BBC Newsnight reported on the events surrounding the release that day of the Leveson Report of the year-long investigation after revelations of telephone hacking and other illegal behavior surfaced at Rupert Murdoch’s News International. Lord Justice Brian Leveson delivered his final report into the culture, practices, and ethics of the British press earlier that day in London. Later in the day, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg addressed members of the House of Commons on the findings and recommendations of the report and the balance of freedom of the press and the rights of individuals. Those interviewed also reflected on the future of journalism and the impact of Leveson’s recommendations on the Internet and digital media. 1:51 pm ET Approx. 9 min. Vice President Biden at Costco Opening Joseph Biden Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District ... Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District of Columbia-area Costco Wholesale store. While there, he used his CostCo membership card to purchase several items. He also made remarks to reporters about the “fiscal cliff,” the automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 if Congress does not reach a budget agreement before then. 
11:39 am ET Approx. 1 min. Fiscal Cliff and Payroll Tax Cuts Nancy Calo; Kim Dixon; Peter Slen Kim Dixon talked about the temporary payroll tax cuts put in place in 2011, and how they relate to ... Kim Dixon talked about the temporary payroll tax cuts put in place in 2011, and how they relate to negotiations between Congress and President Obama on avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” Topics included the tax cuts' benefits to taxpayers, their impact on the economy, and the possibility that they would be extended. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to 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.
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.”
2:33 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 29 min. Hurricane Sandy Impact and Recovery Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware ... Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware spoke about damage and ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. During their comments several members showed photographs of destruction to businesses, personal property, and beaches in their districts and states. Senator Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held back tears as she told stories of families who lost children to the storm. 2:01 pm ET Approx. 3 hr. 49 min. LIVE 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.
11:40 am ET Approx. 9 min. LIVE House Speaker News Conference John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He said no progress had been made between the White House and congressional leadership in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” He also said that House Republicans had agreed to consider increased tax revenue, but they had not yet heard what kind of spending cuts the Obama administration would accept in return.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. 
5:04 am ET 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. 5:53 pm ET Approx. 23 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.
11:50 am ET Approx. 9 min. Challenges to the Health Care Law Nancy Calo; Julie Rovner; Peter Slen Julie Rovner talked about the looming battles over the 2010 health care law (Affordable Care Act) ... Julie Rovner talked about the looming battles over the 2010 health care law (Affordable Care Act) in Congress, the courts, and at the state level. Some of those issues included issues over Medicaid, federal subsides, taxes, insurance rules, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 5:27 am ET Approx. 34 min. Prime Minister Cameron on Leveson Inquiry Report David Cameron; Edward Miliband British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s final report ... British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s 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. Prime Minister Cameron said that he agreed with most of Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, but not with proposals for new laws on grounds of “principles and practicality.” He said new laws were not necessary. He responded to questions from members of the House of Commons. 6:16 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Prime Minister Cameron on Leveson Inquiry Report David Cameron; Edward Miliband British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s final report ... British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s 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. Prime Minister Cameron said that he agreed with most of Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, but not with proposals for new laws on grounds of “principles and practicality.” He said new laws were not necessary. He responded to questions from members of the House of Commons.
12:00 pm ET Approx. 3 hr. 25 min. LIVE House Session The House of Representatives convened for a legislative session. The House of Representatives convened for a legislative session. 6:02 am ET Approx. 38 min. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Leveson Inquiry Report Nick Clegg; Harriet Harman Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s final report into ... Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s 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 addressed the House of Commons separately as he did not agree with Prime Minister Cameron’s position that no new laws were needed to regulate the media. He responded to questions from members, including explaining that members of a coalition government were allowed to disagree on some issues. This is a portion of the debate. 7:31 pm ET Approx. 38 min. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Leveson Inquiry Report Nick Clegg; Harriet Harman Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s final report into ... Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reacted to Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s 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 addressed the House of Commons separately as he did not agree with Prime Minister Cameron’s position that no new laws were needed to regulate the media. He responded to questions from members, including explaining that members of a coalition government were allowed to disagree on some issues. This is a portion of the debate.
3:25 pm ET Approx. 9 min. House Speaker News Conference John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He said no progress had been made between the White House and congressional leadership in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” He also said that House Republicans had agreed to consider increased tax revenue, but they had not yet heard what kind of spending cuts the Obama administration would accept in return.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. 
6:43 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 29 min. Hurricane Sandy Impact and Recovery Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware ... Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware spoke about damage and ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. During their comments several members showed photographs of destruction to businesses, personal property, and beaches in their districts and states. Senator Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held back tears as she told stories of families who lost children to the storm. 8:12 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution ... The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution upgraded the Palestinians' status to a “non-member observer state” and was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member general assembly with a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstaining. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the vote places “further obstacles in the path of peace.” Israel and the United states were against the resolution because they said it conflicts with peace deal negotiations. 
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others addressed the General Assembly.
3:34 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. LIVE U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution ... The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution upgraded the Palestinians' status to a “non-member observer state” and was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member general assembly with a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstaining. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the vote places “further obstacles in the path of peace.” Israel and the United states were against the resolution because they said it conflicts with peace deal negotiations. 
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others addressed the General Assembly.
9:53 pm ET Approx. 20 min. Senators on U.N. Vote on Palestine Statehood As the United Nations voted on Palestine’s bid for statehood status in the United Nations, ... As the United Nations voted on Palestine’s bid for statehood status in the United Nations, senators discussed bipartisan legislation that would penalize Palestine by shutting down the Palestinian office in Washington and would withholding U.S. aid if Palestinians join the International Criminal Court. They held that Palestine seeking statehood status was a provocative and unhealthy step in the peace process
5:03 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 44 min. LIVE Memorial Service for Former Senator Warren Rudman Current and former congressional leaders paid tribute to former New Hampshire Senator Warren B. ... Current and former congressional leaders paid tribute to former New Hampshire Senator Warren B. Rudman who died November 19, 2012, at the age of 82. Senator Rudman was best remembered as a key player in the budget negotiations of the 1980s and for serving as the ranking Republican during the Iran-Contra hearings. He also helped orchestrate the appointment of retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who led the ceremony in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building. 10:14 pm ET Approx. 37 min. U.S.-Israel Relations Ehud Barak; Leon Panetta Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conducted a joint press ... Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conducted a joint press conference. Defense Minister Barak re-emphasized that Palestine’s decision to apply for statehood status in the United Nations was a mistake. Other topics included the recent Israeli-Gaza conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. He said that a military option would never be taken off the table. Secretary Panetta presented the soon to be retiring Minister Barak with a medal and picture.
6:49 pm ET Approx. 37 min. U.S.-Israel Relations Ehud Barak; Leon Panetta Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conducted a joint press ... Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conducted a joint press conference. Defense Minister Barak re-emphasized that Palestine’s decision to apply for statehood status in the United Nations was a mistake. Other topics included the recent Israeli-Gaza conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. He said that a military option would never be taken off the table. Secretary Panetta presented the soon to be retiring Minister Barak with a medal and picture. 10:54 pm ET 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.
7:29 pm ET Approx. 6 min. Ambassador Rice United Nations General Assembly Address Susan Rice U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice spoke at the United Nations General Assembly ... U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice spoke at the United Nations General Assembly after a vote upgraded the Palestinians' status to a “non-member observer state.” Ambassador Rice said the vote places “further obstacles in the path of peace.” Israel and the United states were against the resolution because they said it conflicts with peace deal negotiations.  1:23 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution ... The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution upgraded the Palestinians' status to a “non-member observer state” and was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member general assembly with a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstaining. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the vote places “further obstacles in the path of peace.” Israel and the United states were against the resolution because they said it conflicts with peace deal negotiations. 
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others addressed the General Assembly.
7:36 pm ET Approx. 20 min. Senators on U.N. Vote on Palestine Statehood As the United Nations voted on Palestine’s bid for statehood status in the United Nations, ... As the United Nations voted on Palestine’s bid for statehood status in the United Nations, senators discussed bipartisan legislation that would penalize Palestine by shutting down the Palestinian office in Washington and would withholding U.S. aid if Palestinians join the International Criminal Court. They held that Palestine seeking statehood status was a provocative and unhealthy step in the peace process 3:03 am ET Approx. 20 min. Senators on U.N. Vote on Palestine Statehood As the United Nations voted on Palestine’s bid for statehood status in the United Nations, ... As the United Nations voted on Palestine’s bid for statehood status in the United Nations, senators discussed bipartisan legislation that would penalize Palestine by shutting down the Palestinian office in Washington and would withholding U.S. aid if Palestinians join the International Criminal Court. They held that Palestine seeking statehood status was a provocative and unhealthy step in the peace process
8:01 pm ET Approx. 8 min. House Speaker News Conference John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He said no progress had been made between the White House and congressional leadership in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” He also said that House Republicans had agreed to consider increased tax revenue, but they had not yet heard what kind of spending cuts the Obama administration would accept in return.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. 
3:24 am ET Approx. 37 min. U.S.-Israel Relations Ehud Barak; Leon Panetta Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conducted a joint press ... Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conducted a joint press conference. Defense Minister Barak re-emphasized that Palestine’s decision to apply for statehood status in the United Nations was a mistake. Other topics included the recent Israeli-Gaza conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. He said that a military option would never be taken off the table. Secretary Panetta presented the soon to be retiring Minister Barak with a medal and picture.
8:10 pm ET Approx. 18 min. House Democratic Leaders on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Newly elected House Democratic leaders urged Republican leaders to pass a middle class tax cut and ... Newly elected House Democratic leaders urged Republican leaders to pass a middle class tax cut and negotiate a deal on the “fiscal cliff.”
“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 ET 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.
8:31 pm ET Approx. 20 min. Senate Democratic Leaders on the Fiscal Cliff Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders briefed reporters on negotiations ... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders briefed reporters on negotiations on a “fiscal cliff” compromise. They said they were “optimistic” that Congress could come up with a deal before Christmas. 
Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement.
6:33 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 54 min. 1990 Federal Budget Deal Former congressional leaders talked about the process of reaching their 1990 deficit agreement ... Former congressional leaders talked about the process of reaching their 1990 deficit agreement that eventually helped bring the federal budget into surplus. Topics included the major leaders in the agreement, and the actions and compromises that ultimately led to compromise.
Former Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) made opening remarks about some of the trends contributing to contemporary congressional gridlock.
At the time of this discussion, current congressional leaders were involved in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” "Fiscal cliff" referred to 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.
8:53 pm ET Approx. 15 min. Vice President Biden at Costco Opening Joseph Biden Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District ... Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District of Columbia-area Costco Wholesale store. While there, he used his CostCo membership card to purchase several items. He also made remarks to reporters about the “fiscal cliff,” the automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 if Congress does not reach a budget agreement before then. 
9:12 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 2 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.
12:35 am ET 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.
2:01 am ET Approx. 9 min. House Speaker News Conference John Boehner Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He ... Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters and answered questions about a number of issues. He said no progress had been made between the White House and congressional leadership in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” He also said that House Republicans had agreed to consider increased tax revenue, but they had not yet heard what kind of spending cuts the Obama administration would accept in return.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. 
2:11 am ET Approx. 18 min. House Democratic Leaders on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Newly elected House Democratic leaders urged Republican leaders to pass a middle class tax cut and ... Newly elected House Democratic leaders urged Republican leaders to pass a middle class tax cut and negotiate a deal on the “fiscal cliff.”
“Fiscal cliff” referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement.
2:32 am ET Approx. 20 min. Senate Democratic Leaders on the Fiscal Cliff Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders briefed reporters on negotiations ... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders briefed reporters on negotiations on a “fiscal cliff” compromise. They said they were “optimistic” that Congress could come up with a deal before Christmas. 
Fiscal cliff" referred to impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement.
2:55 am ET Approx. 3 min. Vice President Biden at Costco Opening Joseph Biden Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District ... Vice President Biden spoke to employees and customers at the grand opening of the first District of Columbia-area Costco Wholesale store. While there, he used his CostCo membership card to purchase several items. He also made remarks to reporters about the “fiscal cliff,” the automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 if Congress does not reach a budget agreement before then. 
3:01 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 3 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.
4:06 am ET 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.
5:32 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 25 min. U.N. Vote on Palestinian Statehood The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution ... The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Palestinian statehood. The resolution upgraded the Palestinians' status to a “non-member observer state” and was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member general assembly with a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstaining. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the vote places “further obstacles in the path of peace.” Israel and the United states were against the resolution because they said it conflicts with peace deal negotiations. 
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others addressed the General Assembly.