Family Research Council President Tony Perkins talks about the conservative political agenda for 2014, the March for Life rally, the Republican National Committee annual winter meeting, and the President's upcoming State of the Union address.
Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) discusses minimum wage legislation, the U.S. employment picture & the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Harkin has authored the Senate bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour.
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NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller talks about U.S. jobs, the minimum wage, voting rights, the Affordable Care Act, and criminal justice reform. She, and several other civil rights leaders, recently met with the President about these issues.
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chair David Medine discusses NSA surveillance programs, and the board's Jan. 23 report concluding that the NSA phone records program is illegal and should be ended. Congress created the independent agency.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks about Congress and his potential run for President in 2016. He expresses his views on immigration reform, the NSA's data collection program, the President's use of executive orders, and the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Cmte. Chair (D-MI) Debbie Stabenow discusses the challenges in crafting the Farm Bill, & possible future format & content changes.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray discusses the bureau's revised mortgage rules for 2014. These rules attempt to ensure lenders more carefully evaluate whether borrowers can repay home loans before the loans are approved.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) discusses Congress' return & the Democrats' agenda for 2014. Early congressional tasks include an omnibus bill to fund the federal government after Jan. 15, followed in early February by a debt ceiling debate.
Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, talks about the group's role, issues it defines as most important, & causes of division among conservatives within the Republican Party. Journalists Neil King and Karen Tumulty join the discussion.
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, talks about some of the key topics in education: the Common Core Standards initiative, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, standardized testing and other issues.
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