C-SPAN Schedule

< Tuesday, December 17 >

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7:00 am ET Approx. 44 min. LIVE Open Phones ; Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question, “Who had the best year in ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question, “Who had the best year in politics?”

Erik Wasson talked by phone about the two-year budget deal passed by the House and scheduled to be taken up by the Senate later that day.
5:48 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 32 min. Small Business Health Options Program Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator Gary Cohen testified on the status ... Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator Gary Cohen testified on the status of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges which were created to encourage small business owners to offer health care insurance. Implementation delays have prevented small businesses from enrolling in the SHOPs online. 6:27 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 25 min. Stand Your Ground Laws, Panel 2 Academics were joined by Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in Sanford, ... Academics were joined by Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in Sanford, Florida, and by Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, testified about “stand your ground” self-protection laws. At the time 30 states had some type of “Stand Your Ground” laws on the books. They allowed a person the right to use deadly force to protect themselves if they thought their life was in danger. The hearing focused on the origins of those laws, their impact on the legal definition of self-defense, whether they provoke unnecessary shooting confrontations, and if they encourage racial profiling.
7:47 am ET Approx. 46 min. LIVE U.S. Trade Policy ; ; Sanford Reback talked about the Obama administration’s second-term focus on U.S. trade ... Sanford Reback talked about the Obama administration’s second-term focus on U.S. trade policy. Topics included negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trading bloc, and other proposed trade agreements with the European Union and Russia.

At the conclusion of the program, C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines.
7:25 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 27 min. International Finance System, Part 1 Treasury Secretary Jack Lew delivered an annual report on the status of the international ... Treasury Secretary Jack Lew delivered an annual report on the status of the international financial system. He told committee members that negotiators were protecting U.S. financial regulations during ongoing trade talks. Other issues include Iran sanctions, regulating insurance companies, and efforts to curb China’s currency manipulation. 7:55 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 31 min. Environmental Protection Agency Oversight ; ; Gina McCarthy testified on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policies and role in science and ... Gina McCarthy testified on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policies and role in science and technology activities. Among the topics addressed were the science used by EPA regulators, transparency practices on Clean Air and Water Acts, and hydraulic fracturing.
8:35 am ET Approx. 58 min. LIVE Cost and Benefits of Federal Regulations Former Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Robert Weissman debated the costs and benefits of ... Former Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Robert Weissman debated the costs and benefits of federal regulations. Ms. Lincoln advocated for regulations that do not place overly heavy burdens on business owners. Mr. Weissman argued for putting the health, safety, and well-being of citizens ahead of the business profits.

At the conclusion of the program, C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines.
8:55 am ET Approx. 2 min. General Motors and the Automobile Industry ; Daniel Akerson about the progress of General Motors (GM) and its investment plans, as well as the ... Daniel Akerson about the progress of General Motors (GM) and its investment plans, as well as the state of the auto industry. He also remarked on GM’s selection of Mary Barra to replace him when he retires in January 2014, calling her selection “historic” and that GM has a history of promoting minorities and women. He also announced that GM was investing $1.3 billion in five U.S. plants mainly in Michigan to increase GM jobs and manufacturing and said the entire US auto industry was backed due to “swift action” of both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. 10:30 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 4 min. Iran Nuclear Deal Panelists analyzed the talks going on in Vienna during the week between Iran and six global powers ... Panelists analyzed the talks going on in Vienna during the week between Iran and six global powers on freezing parts of Iran’s nuclear program. They also responded to questions from members of the audience.

“The Iranian Nuclear Deal: A New Direction for Tehran and the West?” was part of the series of CSIS-Schieffer School Dialogues, monthly discussions held at CSIS and hosted by Bob Schieffer on public policy and the media. The series is a partnership between CSIS and The Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.
9:35 am ET Approx. 24 min. LIVE Open Phones ; Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon that the National Security Agency (NSA) phone record data collection program was unconstitutional.
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, spoke by phone about the details of the decision.
8:59 am ET Approx. 3 hr. 33 min. LIVE Senate Session, Part 1 The Senate convened and resumed consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to ... The Senate convened and resumed consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the Budget Resolution. 11:39 am ET Approx. 53 min. Identity Theft and Consumer Protection, Part 3 Panelists talked about Federal Trade Commission and the financial services industry efforts to ... Panelists talked about Federal Trade Commission and the financial services industry efforts to combat identity (ID) theft. Among the topics they addressed were medical, tax, and child ID theft, and efforts to work with foreign countries on data security.

“The Future of Consumer Protection from ID Theft” was a panel at a day-long conference on The State of ID Theft held by the National Consumers League at the Columbus Club at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
10:01 am ET Approx. 6 min. Erik Wasson on Budget Deal The Hill's Erik Wasson talked about the two-year budget deal passed by the House and taken ... The Hill's Erik Wasson talked about the two-year budget deal passed by the House and taken up by the Senate. 12:34 pm ET Approx. 7 min. U.S. Trade Policy ; ; Sanford Reback talked about the Obama administration’s second-term focus on U.S. trade ... Sanford Reback talked about the Obama administration’s second-term focus on U.S. trade policy. Topics included negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trading bloc, and other proposed trade agreements with the European Union and Russia.

At the conclusion of the program, C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines.
12:34 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 29 min. LIVE Affordable Care Act Health Care Exchanges State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of ... State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov web site and enrollment process. They responded to questions from the audience.
10:08 am ET Approx. 25 min. U.S. Trade Policy ; ; Sanford Reback talked about the Obama administration’s second-term focus on U.S. trade ... Sanford Reback talked about the Obama administration’s second-term focus on U.S. trade policy. Topics included negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trading bloc, and other proposed trade agreements with the European Union and Russia.

At the conclusion of the program, C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines.
12:41 pm ET Approx. 57 min. LIVE White House Daily Briefing Jay Carney briefed reporters and answered questions on a number of issues. Regarding South ... Jay Carney briefed reporters and answered questions on a number of issues. Regarding South Sudan, he said that circumstances had worsened following new reports of violence. He announced that the U.S. embassy is closed in the country and urged the South Sudanese government to open up critical points of entry, including airports. He also announced that Microsoft executive Kirk DelBene would manage the Healthcare.gov Web site. 2:06 pm ET Approx. 25 min. U.S.-Singapore Relations ; Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen briefed reporters and ... Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen briefed reporters and answered questions. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the recently announced budget deal would help the Pentagon maintain readiness and provide budget certainty through 2015. He also addressed the latest developments in Syria, saying the U.S. would continue to support moderate groups in that conflict, and tensions with China.
10:34 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 25 min. LIVE Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter. 1:42 pm ET Approx. 29 min. Cost and Benefits of Federal Regulations Former Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Robert Weissman debated the costs and benefits of ... Former Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Robert Weissman debated the costs and benefits of federal regulations. Ms. Lincoln advocated for regulations that do not place overly heavy burdens on business owners. Mr. Weissman argued for putting the health, safety, and well-being of citizens ahead of the business profits.

At the conclusion of the program, C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines.
2:37 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 49 min. LIVE Central Intelligence Agency and State Department Nominations The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett ... The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett Smith to be assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research and Caroline Dianne Krass to be general counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced Mr. Krass, who did not commit to reporting her legal opinions to Congress but said that she did intend to learn from the past controversies over torture techniques.
1:02 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 3 min. 2014 Energy Outlook ; Adam Sieminski presented the Energy Information Administration’s annual Energy Outlook for ... Adam Sieminski presented the Energy Information Administration’s annual Energy Outlook for 2014 as well as projections of U.S. energy supply, demand, and prices to 2040. He said the U.S. is closing in on producing 9.6 million barrels of oil a day, the highest since the 1970s. He also stated that if the U.S. stays on track with car fuel standards, the gap between production and demand in would decline and almost reach parity in 2040, and that natural gas would replace coal in energy production in the 2030s.

The projections focused on factors that shape the U.S. energy system over the long term, assuming that current laws and regulations remain unchanged. It also provided a basis for examination of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends.
2:11 pm ET Approx. 3 min. LIVE Senate Democratic Agenda Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke to reporters about the Democratic agenda following ... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke to reporters about the Democratic agenda following weekly party caucus lunches. He talked about the federal budget agreement that was being debated in the U.S. Senate, saying he expected there to be final passage of the bill sometime the next day. Other topics included the votes on nominations, National Security Agency (NSA) data collection, and the economy.

This program is incomplete.
4:27 pm ET Approx. 2 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending.
2:05 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 39 min. LIVE Violence in the Central African Republic Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December ... Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December Christian militias attacked the capital of the Central African Republic, leading to clashes with the government of Muslim President Michel Djotodia, who led the overthrow of the Christian-led government in March 2013. 2:15 pm ET Approx. 5 hr. 15 min. LIVE Senate Session, Part 2 The Senate convened for a legislative session. The Senate convened for a legislative session. 4:32 pm ET Approx. 50 min. Government Printing Office Davita Vance-Cooks testified about a report on the future of the Government Printing Office and ... Davita Vance-Cooks testified about a report on the future of the Government Printing Office and the steps it must take to modernize its operations and move to digital formats.
3:47 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 17 min. Identity Theft and Consumer Protection, Part 1 Panelist talked about consumer protection from identity (ID) theft. Topics included the ... Panelist talked about consumer protection from identity (ID) theft. Topics included the evolution of ID theft since 2006 and actions consumers can take to protect themselves. 

“The Evolution of ID Theft” was a panel at a day-long conference on The State of ID Theft held by the National Consumers League at the Columbus Club at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
7:32 pm ET Approx. 26 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending. 5:28 pm ET Approx. 9 min. Senator Chambliss on Budget Agreement Vote Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference ... Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference Committee agreement.
5:05 pm ET Approx. 4 min. Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter. 8:01 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. Affordable Care Act Health Care Exchanges State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of ... State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov web site and enrollment process. They responded to questions from the audience. 7:11 pm ET Approx. 44 min. Veterans Affairs Disability Claims Witnesses testified on the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog, and its ... Witnesses testified on the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog, and its ability to process complex claims such as traumatic brain injuries. The first panel of veterans and military spouses included a widow of a Vietnam War veteran whose claim, filed 23 years previously, had still not been finalized. Members of the second panel of representatives of veterans' groups and the third panel of Veterans Affairs Department officials discussed reasons for the backlog of claims, the different paths claims follow, and the tension between processing claims quickly and issues with the accuracy of claims processing, particularly claims involving complex medical issues.
5:12 pm ET Approx. 26 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending. 9:31 pm ET Approx. 2 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending. 7:56 pm ET Approx. 4 min. Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter.
5:41 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. Affordable Care Act Health Care Exchanges State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of ... State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov web site and enrollment process. They responded to questions from the audience. 9:35 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Data Protection and Privacy in the U.S. and the European Union ; Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talked about U.S. and European Union efforts to enhance ... Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talked about U.S. and European Union efforts to enhance consumer privacy and data security. In addition, she outlined her proposals for updating Internet privacy policy and rebuilding U.S-E.U. consensus on privacy. She also responded to questions.

“Data Protection and Privacy in the United States and the European Union” was a meeting of the Roundtable Series on Digital Privacy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
8:01 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. Violence in the Central African Republic Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December ... Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December Christian militias attacked the capital of the Central African Republic, leading to clashes with the government of Muslim President Michel Djotodia, who led the overthrow of the Christian-led government in March 2013.
7:10 pm ET Approx. 2 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending. 10:53 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 48 min. Central Intelligence Agency and State Department Nominations The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett ... The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett Smith to be assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research and Caroline Dianne Krass to be general counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced Mr. Krass, who did not commit to reporting her legal opinions to Congress but said that she did intend to learn from the past controversies over torture techniques. 9:41 pm ET Approx. 6 min. State Department Daily Briefing on Travel Warning for South Sudan This portion of the the daily State Department briefing for reporters included a travel warning ... This portion of the the daily State Department briefing for reporters included a travel warning due to the unrest in South Sudan.
7:13 pm ET Approx. 46 min. Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson about ... Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson about the Supreme Court’s role in society. Among the topics she addressed were lifetime tenure for justices, relationships among justices, public perceptions of the court, and the role of women on the court. 12:42 am ET Approx. 2 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending. 9:49 pm ET Approx. 4 min. Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter.
8:02 pm ET Approx. 13 min. Final Senate Debate Before Budget Vote Prior to a vote to advance the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Budget Committee Ranking ... Prior to a vote to advance the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Budget Committee Chair Murray came to the floor to argue their positions. Senator Sessions urged a “no” while Senator Murray spoke in favor of the bill. 12:46 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. Affordable Care Act Health Care Exchanges State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of ... State officials and health policy experts talked about lessons learned from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov web site and enrollment process. They responded to questions from the audience. 9:55 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. Federal Trade Commission on Technology and Reform ; ; Federal Trade Commission chairs talked about technology, reform, and recent efforts to negotiate ... Federal Trade Commission chairs talked about technology, reform, and recent efforts to negotiate trade agreements
8:16 pm ET Approx. 9 min. Senator Chambliss on Budget Agreement Vote Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference ... Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference Committee agreement. 2:18 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Data Protection and Privacy in the U.S. and the European Union ; Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talked about U.S. and European Union efforts to enhance ... Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talked about U.S. and European Union efforts to enhance consumer privacy and data security. In addition, she outlined her proposals for updating Internet privacy policy and rebuilding U.S-E.U. consensus on privacy. She also responded to questions.

“Data Protection and Privacy in the United States and the European Union” was a meeting of the Roundtable Series on Digital Privacy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
11:07 pm ET Approx. 50 min. American Diplomacy in the Muslim World ; Walter Douglas talked about the findings in his report on conducting American diplomacy in Muslim ... Walter Douglas talked about the findings in his report on conducting American diplomacy in Muslim countries. He outlined his method for compiling the report, much of which included engaging with foreign officers in the field. He stressed the importance of officers tailoring their approach according to individual countries, speaking the language, and interacting in communities. Afterward, he answered questions from moderator Andrew Schwartz and members of the audience
8:25 pm ET Approx. 7 min. Minority Leader McConnell on Budget and Health Care Following the Senate’s vote in favor of advancing the Budget Conference Committee agreement, ... Following the Senate’s vote in favor of advancing the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke about that vote and the underlying measure. He also continued to list the problems as he sees them in the health care law. 3:35 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 48 min. Central Intelligence Agency and State Department Nominations The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett ... The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett Smith to be assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research and Caroline Dianne Krass to be general counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced Mr. Krass, who did not commit to reporting her legal opinions to Congress but said that she did intend to learn from the past controversies over torture techniques. 12:58 am ET Approx. 45 min. Africa Political, Economic and Security Issues Witnesses testified on political, economic and security issues in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and ... Witnesses testified on political, economic and security issues in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.


Panel One:
Alina Romanowski, deputy assistant administrator, Middle East Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
Richard Schmierer, principal deputy assistant secretary of state, Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State
Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense, African Affairs, Department of Defense

Panel Two:
Dr. William Lawrence, Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
Mr. Frederic Wehrey, Senior Associate in the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mr. Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
8:33 pm ET Approx. 26 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending. 5:25 am ET Approx. 1 hr. India and Pakistan Nuclear Programs, Panel 1 ; Robert Einhorn, a former nonproliferation adviser to the Clinton and Obama administrations, talked ... Robert Einhorn, a former nonproliferation adviser to the Clinton and Obama administrations, talked about his experiences following the 1998 nuclear tests by India and Pakistan.

The program was part of a Stimson Center event looking at India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs and the rivalry between the two countries.
1:44 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. Violence in the Central African Republic Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December ... Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December Christian militias attacked the capital of the Central African Republic, leading to clashes with the government of Muslim President Michel Djotodia, who led the overthrow of the Christian-led government in March 2013.
9:01 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 32 min. First Lady Helen Taft Lewis Gould and Jane Hampton Cook talked about the life and influence of first lady Helen ... Lewis Gould and Jane Hampton Cook talked about the life and influence of first lady Helen “Nellie” Taft and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Mrs. Taft’s efforts to make Washington a cultural capital, especially in the area of music, were hampered by a stroke she suffered shortly after the inauguration. She still had a number of “firsts,” including riding with her husband to the White House after the inauguration and publishing an autobiography.

In video clips Ray Henderson showed various artifacts at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ann McClellan told how Mrs. Taft was responsible for the cherry trees in Washington, D.C.; Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of The First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibition, showed the inaugural gown with which Mrs. Taft started the tradition of first ladies donating inaugural gowns to the museum.

This was the 18th episode in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.”
6:25 am ET Approx. 34 min. India and Pakistan Nuclear Programs, Panel 2 ; ; Professors Mansoor Ahmed and Sitakanta Mishra talked about the details of the India-Pakistan ... Professors Mansoor Ahmed and Sitakanta Mishra talked about the details of the India-Pakistan agreement that reduces risks from accidents relating to nuclear weapons.

The program was part of a Stimson Center event looking at India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs and the rivalry between the two countries.
3:24 am ET Approx. 6 min. State Department Daily Briefing on Travel Warning for South Sudan This portion of the the daily State Department briefing for reporters included a travel warning ... This portion of the the daily State Department briefing for reporters included a travel warning due to the unrest in South Sudan.
10:34 pm ET Approx. 2 hr. 25 min. Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter. 6:59 am ET Approx. 37 min. LIVE Question Time ; Prime Minister Cameron responded to questions from members of the government and opposition about ... Prime Minister Cameron responded to questions from members of the government and opposition about a number of issues. Those issues included cost of living standards, rising heat and energy costs, and unemployment. On international issues, the prime minister told members “the world was watching” the political unrest happening in Ukraine and urged world leaders to meet the United Nations demands for humanitarian aid to Syria during the winter season. 3:32 am ET Approx. 4 min. Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter.
1:01 am ET Approx. 46 min. Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson about ... Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson about the Supreme Court’s role in society. Among the topics she addressed were lifetime tenure for justices, relationships among justices, public perceptions of the court, and the role of women on the court. 3:38 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. Federal Trade Commission on Technology and Reform ; ; Federal Trade Commission chairs talked about technology, reform, and recent efforts to negotiate ... Federal Trade Commission chairs talked about technology, reform, and recent efforts to negotiate trade agreements
1:50 am ET Approx. 13 min. Final Senate Debate Before Budget Vote Prior to a vote to advance the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Budget Committee Ranking ... Prior to a vote to advance the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Budget Committee Chair Murray came to the floor to argue their positions. Senator Sessions urged a “no” while Senator Murray spoke in favor of the bill. 4:51 am ET Approx. 50 min. American Diplomacy in the Muslim World ; Walter Douglas talked about the findings in his report on conducting American diplomacy in Muslim ... Walter Douglas talked about the findings in his report on conducting American diplomacy in Muslim countries. He outlined his method for compiling the report, much of which included engaging with foreign officers in the field. He stressed the importance of officers tailoring their approach according to individual countries, speaking the language, and interacting in communities. Afterward, he answered questions from moderator Andrew Schwartz and members of the audience
2:03 am ET Approx. 9 min. Senator Chambliss on Budget Agreement Vote Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference ... Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference Committee agreement. 6:41 am ET Approx. 45 min. Africa Political, Economic and Security Issues Witnesses testified on political, economic and security issues in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and ... Witnesses testified on political, economic and security issues in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.


Panel One:
Alina Romanowski, deputy assistant administrator, Middle East Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
Richard Schmierer, principal deputy assistant secretary of state, Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State
Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense, African Affairs, Department of Defense

Panel Two:
Dr. William Lawrence, Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
Mr. Frederic Wehrey, Senior Associate in the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mr. Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
2:12 am ET Approx. 7 min. Minority Leader McConnell on Budget and Health Care Following the Senate’s vote in favor of advancing the Budget Conference Committee agreement, ... Following the Senate’s vote in favor of advancing the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke about that vote and the underlying measure. He also continued to list the problems as he sees them in the health care law.
2:22 am ET Approx. 26 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending.
2:51 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 25 min. Navy Yard Shooting and Security Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law ... Government officials and private security firm representatives testified on federal law enforcement’s response to the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting. David Wright was highly critical of the government bureaucracy that manages security at federal buildings, saying shortcomings in the system increased response time. Eric Patterson in his testimony stated that private security guards at federal buildings are not trained to pursue an active shooter.
5:19 am ET Approx. 46 min. Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson about ... Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson about the Supreme Court’s role in society. Among the topics she addressed were lifetime tenure for justices, relationships among justices, public perceptions of the court, and the role of women on the court.
6:06 am ET Approx. 13 min. Final Senate Debate Before Budget Vote Prior to a vote to advance the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Budget Committee Ranking ... Prior to a vote to advance the Budget Conference Committee agreement, Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Budget Committee Chair Murray came to the floor to argue their positions. Senator Sessions urged a “no” while Senator Murray spoke in favor of the bill.
6:20 am ET Approx. 9 min. Senator Chambliss on Budget Agreement Vote Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference ... Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) explained his reasons for voting in favor of the Budget Conference Committee agreement.
6:31 am ET Approx. 26 min. Senator Tom Coburn on Wasteful Federal Spending Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on ... Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) spoke to reporters about Wastebook 2013, his annual report on “egregious” federal spending. The report highlights 100 examples or nearly $30 billion dollars in federal spending that he sees as “wasteful and low-priority.” He blamed both Democrats and Republicans for excessive spending and said Congress would rather borrow than cut spending.