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CLIP: Congressional Earmarks
Stephen Dinan talked about the debate in Congress over restoration of earmarks, as well as the history of earmarks and how members of Congress use and negotiate special federal spending for their pet projects.
November 21, 2016 : 5 min. 32 sec.

CLIP: Independence of Elected & Appointed Judges
Adam Liptak discussed the differences between elected and appointed judges, whether elected judges can be independent, as well as the risk they will be swayed by their supporters' politics or the election process itself.
November 2, 2016 : 5 min. 3 sec.

CLIP: Congress Overrides Veto of 9/11 Bill
A look at Congress' veto override of a bill allowing the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to sue Saudi Arabia. USA Today's Gregory Korte talked about the first congressional override of a presidential veto during the Obama administration and a clip of President Obama's reaction to the vote was included.
September 29, 2016 : 8 min. 11 sec.

Bureaucracy - Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act
Sen. Lamar Alexander discusses concerns about proposed regulations by the Department of Education.
June 29, 2016 : 2 min. 57 sec.

CLIP: Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration
Lawrence Hurley talked about the Supreme Court's decision on immigration and President Obama's executive action.
June 24, 2016 : 5 min. 21 sec.

CLIP: Supreme Court to Rule on Immigration Executive Orders
Tom Jawetz explained the Supreme Court's decision to rule on President Obama's Executive Orders on immigration. He discussed the history and purpose of the executive action, the current controversy, and the Constitutional questions that will be before the Court.
January 21, 2016 : 10 min. 34 sec.

CLIP: President Obama's Executive Action on Gun Control
President Obama announced several executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, including increased background checks and more federal funding towards mental health treatment.
January 5, 2016 : 10 min. 48 sec.

CLIP: Campaign 2016 and the Supreme Court
Kimberly Atkins talked about the possibility of the next president appointing Supreme Court justices. She also discussed previous and current cases before the Court and how these cases could become issues in the 2016 election.
October 12, 2015 : 7 min. 51 sec.

CLIP: Supreme Court Term Preview
Adam Liptak previewed some of the major cases the Supreme Court was expected to consider in the 2015-16 term.
October 5, 2015 : 5 min. 27 sec.

CLIP: Possible Government Shutdown
Paul Singer talked about the debate in Congress over keeping the government funded amid a conservative-led effort to defund Planned Parenthood, as well as House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to resign.
September 28, 2015 : 4 min. 2 sec.
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