C-SPAN Schedule

< Friday, December 28 >

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7:00 am ET Approx. 46 min. LIVE Open Phones ; Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the latest developments in “fiscal ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. President Obama was scheduled to meet with congressional leaders later in the day.
David Lightman spoke by phone about developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. 
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
6:26 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 38 min. Book Discussion on Barack Obama: The Story ; Author David Maraniss talked about his tenth book, Barack Obama; The Story. For this ... Author David Maraniss talked about his tenth book, Barack Obama; The Story. For this project, the Washington Post associate editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner traveled across the world including to Kansas, Indonesia, Kenya, Los Angeles, Hawaii, New York, and Chicago. David Maraniss spoke with relatives of President Obama in Kenya and discovered the president’s African ancestral history on the shores of Lake Victoria. He toured the houses where young Barry Obama lived in Indonesia and found the Kansas family homes and sites where his mother’s family began. Exclusive video and pictures from Kenya, Indonesia, Kansas and Hawaii were shown. Book TV traveled to Kenya with David Maraniss in January 2010 to document his African research trip. Mr. Maraniss spent four years researching and writing the book, which would be released Tuesday, June 19, 2012. After the presentation, Mr. Maraniss responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including video questions. A video clip of a November 23, 2004, talk by then Senator-Elect Obama was also shown. 6:34 am ET Approx. 28 min. 1930s-40s Color Photographs, Part 2 During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. 
Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
7:49 am ET Approx. 43 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff Deadline ; Damian Paletta talked about developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He also ... Damian Paletta talked about developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
8:05 am ET Approx. 38 min. Book Discussion on The Amateur ; Edward Klein talked about his book, The Amateur, which takes a critical look at President ... Edward Klein talked about his book, The Amateur, which takes a critical look at President Obama before and after he reached the White House. He was interviewed while attending FreedomFest, which was held July 11-14, 2012, in Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. 7:03 am ET Approx. 57 min. Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion This is a tour of the 1892 mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ... This is a tour of the 1892 mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The sea captain not only founded the world famous Pabst Brewery, he was a philanthropist and real estate developer and had a great influence on the growth of this Midwestern city on Lake Michigan. Historian John Eastberg showed us examples of craftsmanship, original furnishings and art which teach us about Pabst’s German heritage, Milwaukee’s history, and America’s Gilded Age.
8:35 am ET Approx. 40 min. LIVE Homeownership and the Economy ; Randal O’Toole talked about his book, American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the ... Randal O’Toole talked about his book, American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Home Ownership, in which he asserts that excessive regulations have caused a decline in the United States' global ranking in homeowership rates. He blames federal, state and local policies for the collapse of the housing industry, rather than the banking industry and other factors. Some of the examples he cited were land use restrictions and permitting processes. Among his comments he said that the “'war on urban sprawl'” was an effort “by the middle class to make war on the working class to reduce working class homeownership rates.” He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 8:45 am ET Approx. 14 min. Senate Leaders McConnell and Reid Fiscal Cliff Debate ; Minority Leader McConnell and Majority Leader Reid debated about the impasse regarding reaching a ... Minority Leader McConnell and Majority Leader Reid debated about the impasse regarding reaching a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 if Congress does not reach a budget agreement before then.*Senator McConnell mentioned a telephone call that President Obama made to him from Hawaii. 8:04 am ET Approx. 28 min. Boston's Granary Burying Ground Kelly Thomas, program manager for the City of Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative, ... Kelly Thomas, program manager for the City of Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative, toured the Granary Burying Ground in downtown Boston. Established in the year 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is the city’s third oldest cemetery, and the burial site of several notable American Revolutionaries, including Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. This is part one of two of the program.
9:16 am ET Approx. 6 min. LIVE Fiscal Cliff Negotiations ; David Lightman talked about the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. David Lightman talked about the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. 9:00 am ET Approx. 3 hr. 43 min. LIVE Senate Session, Part 1 The Senate convened for a legislative session and resumed consideration of H.R.5949, the FISA ... The Senate convened for a legislative session and resumed consideration of H.R.5949, the FISA bill.
Thereafter, the Senate resumed consideration of H.R.1, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill.
8:33 am ET Approx. 29 min. Boston's Granary Burying Ground - Part 2 Kelly Thomas, program manager for the City of Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative, ... Kelly Thomas, program manager for the City of Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative, toured the Granary Burying Ground in downtown Boston.*Established in the year 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is the city’s third oldest cemetery, and the burial site of several notable American Revolutionaries, including Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
9:25 am ET Approx. 37 min. LIVE Hunger and the Economy ; ; Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Caroline Ratcliffe talked about access to food in the U.S. and food ... Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Caroline Ratcliffe talked about access to food in the U.S. and food security issues, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Households that are “food insecure” are unable to provide adequate food for one or more household members due to a lack of resources. Topics include trends in food insecurity, measurement of food security, how poverty and unemployment affect access to food, government programs and policies aimed at bolstering food security, and social ramifications of food insecurity. 
This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.
12:44 pm ET Approx. 39 min. Congressional Career of Senator Ben Nelson ; Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected on his ... Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected on his 12 years in the Senate. Topics included the importance of compromising and his work as a member of the “Gang of 14,” a bi-partisan group of Senators who in 2005 successfully negotiated a deal on approving judicial nominations. 9:04 am ET Approx. 29 min. 1930s-40s Color Photographs During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities.
Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
10:03 am ET Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations ; David Lightman talked about the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. David Lightman talked about the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. 1:24 pm ET Approx. 24 min. Small Business Owners and Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small ... Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small business owners and activists. They urged congressional Republicans to work with Democrats on a solution to avoid “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. 9:35 am ET Approx. 28 min. 1930s-40s Color Photographs, Part 2 During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. 
Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
10:10 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. Student Loan Debt Mark Kantrowitz and Deanne Loonin talked about the impact of student loan debt on both students ... Mark Kantrowitz and Deanne Loonin talked about the impact of student loan debt on both students and parents. According to a recent ProPublica report, parents were being saddled with student loans they were unable to afford to repay. 1:49 pm ET Approx. 11 min. Republican Senators on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations ; Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander spoke to reporters about ... Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander spoke to reporters about “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress cannot reach a new budget agreement. Senator Alexander predicted that congressional leaders and President Obama would find a compromise over the weekend. Senator Corker among his comments said the real fiscal cliff was Medicare. He talked about his bill to reduce Medicare spending by $1 trillion as part of a larger budget deal. 10:04 am ET Approx. 57 min. Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion This is a tour of the 1892 mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ... This is a tour of the 1892 mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The sea captain not only founded the world famous Pabst Brewery, he was a philanthropist and real estate developer and had a great influence on the growth of this Midwestern city on Lake Michigan. Historian John Eastberg showed us examples of craftsmanship, original furnishings and art which teach us about Pabst’s German heritage, Milwaukee’s history, and America’s Gilded Age.
11:34 am ET Approx. 24 min. LIVE Small Business Owners and Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small ... Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small business owners and activists. They urged congressional Republicans to work with Democrats on a solution to avoid “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. 2:01 pm ET Approx. 5 hr. 50 min. LIVE Senate Session, Part 2 The Senate convened for a legislative session and resumed consideration of H.R.5949, the FISA ... The Senate convened for a legislative session and resumed consideration of H.R.5949, the FISA bill. 
Thereafter, the Senate resumed consideration of H.R.1, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill.
11:05 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Chinese Global Power and Maritime Strategy Panelists discussed on China’s emerging global power and maritime strategy. Topics ... Panelists discussed on China’s emerging global power and maritime strategy. Topics included its territorial disputes with Japan involving energy reserves in the East China Sea, cyber security, and international diplomacy. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. Steve Clemons moderated.
“Mischief or Miscalculation? China and the Rise of Confusion-ism” 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.
11:59 am ET Approx. 2 min. LIVE Open Phones on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, Part 1 Telephone lines were open for comments on the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations to ... Telephone lines were open for comments on the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations to avert impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress cannot reach a new budget agreement. 7:53 pm ET Approx. 37 min. Book Discussion on Do Not Ask What Good We Do ; Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House ... Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he discusses how the 112th Congress could drop to a 9 percent approval rating. He responded to questions from the audience. 12:21 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. Challenges of the Government Workforce ; Hal Rainey talked about the challenges, opportunities, and threats facing the U.S. government ... Hal Rainey talked about the challenges, opportunities, and threats facing the U.S. government workforce and compared the public and private sector. Because of bad press and attitudes towards the bureaucratic section of the government Professor Rainey called public servants “knights in fragile armor” that are not fully protected from constant criticism. This, and low pay, are among the factors making it hard to attract good people to public service. Professor Rainey warned that institutional knowledge would be lost with the imminent retirement of a large portion of senior management. He used PowerPoint during his presentation and responded to questions from students in the Jesse Wrench Auditorium.
“Knights in Fragile Armor: The Crucial but Threatened Character of Public and Governmental Service in the United States and the Symbiosis of Freedom” was part of the Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture Series of the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs.
12:02 pm ET Approx. 20 min. Republican Senators on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations ; Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander spoke to reporters about ... Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander spoke to reporters about “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress cannot reach a new budget agreement. Senator Alexander predicted that congressional leaders and President Obama would find a compromise over the weekend. Senator Corker among his comments said the real fiscal cliff was Medicare. He talked about his bill to reduce Medicare spending by $1 trillion as part of a larger budget deal. 8:39 pm ET Approx. 45 min. Shooting from the Lip: Book Party A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The ... A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The Life of Senator Al Simpson, written by Donald Hardy. Senator Simpson was shown mingling with the guests. Then Mr. Hardy, Senator Simpson’s former press secretary and chief of staff, talked about writing the book and the total access that he had to Senator Simpson’s papers. Senator Simpson also talked about the book and about his life. He told stories about the author, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and about some of the guests, including former Vice President and Mrs. Cheney, former Secretary Mineta, Librarian of Congress Billington, and Representative Dingell. 1:30 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 46 min. NFL Human Growth Hormone Testing Scientists, doctors, and former players testified on human growth hormone (HGH) testing in the ... Scientists, doctors, and former players testified on human growth hormone (HGH) testing in the National Football League (NFL), and the science behind human performance drugs and the health risks. They told the committee that HGH testing was reliable and should begin immediately in the NFL. Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus praised the NFL Players Association for agreeing to the testing in 2011, but said “now let’s get on with it,” referring to the process which had been held up in part by the association’s concerns over the method of testing.
12:23 pm ET Approx. 12 min. LIVE Open Phones on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, Part 2 Telephone lines were open for comments on the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations to ... Telephone lines were open for comments on the status of “fiscal cliff” negotiations to avert impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress cannot reach a new budget agreement. 9:26 pm ET Approx. 27 min. Book Discussion on Across That Bridge From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Congressman ... From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Congressman John Lewis discussed his book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change. 3:19 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 3 min. Syrian Transition After Assad Regime ; ; Panelists talked about the civil war in Syria and the potential for the Assad regime to ... Panelists talked about the civil war in Syria and the potential for the Assad regime to fall. The Institute for the Study of War’s Joseph Holliday said the fall of the Assad regime will not be a collapse but a slow decline today/Tuesday at a panel discussion on the future of Syria after Assad. He was joined in the discussion by the Stimson Center’s Mona Yacoubian. Both agreed that If the Assad Regime falls, it could lead to less stability in the region. 
Syria’s civil war began as an uprising in March 2011 with peaceful protests but turned into a civil war after the government’s crackdown on dissent.
12:36 pm ET Approx. 4 min. Fiscal Cliff Negotiations ; David Lightman talked about the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. David Lightman talked about the latest developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. 9:56 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 19 min. Book Discussion on It's Even Worse Than It Looks In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan ... In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan politics in the U.S. government. The authors contend that the level of “hyperpartisanship” has resulted in a dysfunctional political process that is marked by adherence to political party platforms above all other costs. Mr. Mann and Mr. Ornstein offer several solutions to the stalemate, from expanding the voting public and promoting an active public and vigilant media to reforming the election process. They were joined in a discussion, moderated by E.J. Dionne. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience at this Brookings Institution event, “America’s Dysfunctional Politics: Why Now? What Can We Do About It?” 4:23 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 24 min. Global Counterterrorism ; ; Daniel Benjamin and Bruce Riedel talked about U.S. counterterrorism efforts, including complicated ... Daniel Benjamin and Bruce Riedel talked about U.S. counterterrorism efforts, including complicated relations with Pakistan, the use of drones by U.S., and al-Qaida’s influence internationally. The Brookings Institution hosted the event.
12:42 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. History and Future of The New York Times ; Daniel Schwarz talked about his book, Endtimes?: Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, ... Daniel Schwarz talked about his book, Endtimes?: Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009. In his book, Mr. Schwarz explores the inner workings of The Times during a pivotal decade, providing an in-depth history of the paper’s transformation from the age of print into the digital age. His investigation draws on more than 40 one-on-one interviews with Times staff, including the publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., every living executive editor, masthead figures, section editors, and reporters. In his book he concludes of this iconic New York institution in transition that “It is the worst newspaper in the world, except for all the others.” Professor Schwarz responded to questions from members of the audience. 11:17 pm ET Approx. 44 min. Book Discussion on Do Not Ask What Good We Do ; Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House ... Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he discusses how the 112th Congress could drop to a 9 percent approval rating. He responded to questions from the audience. 6:53 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. Federal Government Modernization The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation hosted a forum on the E-Government Act, ... The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation hosted a forum on the E-Government Act, intended to improve government productivity, services, and public access through use of information technology systems and the Web. Panelists in the first session talked about successes and challenges of the act ten years after its passage. Participants in the second discussion focused on upcoming decade and ways the government might continue to modernize.
1:50 pm ET Approx. 42 min. Fiscal Cliff Deadline ; Damian Paletta talked about developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He also ... Damian Paletta talked about developments in “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
12:03 am ET Approx. 45 min. Shooting from the Lip: Book Party A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The ... A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The Life of Senator Al Simpson, written by Donald Hardy. Senator Simpson was shown mingling with the guests. Then Mr. Hardy, Senator Simpson’s former press secretary and chief of staff, talked about writing the book and the total access that he had to Senator Simpson’s papers. Senator Simpson also talked about the book and about his life. He told stories about the author, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and about some of the guests, including former Vice President and Mrs. Cheney, former Secretary Mineta, Librarian of Congress Billington, and Representative Dingell. 8:00 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. Military Executions in Stonewall Jackson's Command Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” ... Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s command. He talked about the different forms of punishment used under Jackson’s leadership in 1862, and the reactions of Confederate soldiers to these measures. He also responded to questions from the audience.
2:33 pm ET Approx. 7 min. Medicare and the Fiscal Cliff ; Mary Agnes Carey talked about Medicare and its role in “fiscal cliff” negotiations, ... Mary Agnes Carey talked about Medicare and its role in “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and she responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included funding for Medicare; its annual budget; the differences between its A, B, C, and D parts; the impact of the Affordable Care Act (the health care law) on Medicare;and reform proposals for the program.
“Fiscal cliff” referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
12:50 am ET Approx. 27 min. Book Discussion on Across That Bridge From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Congressman ... From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Congressman John Lewis discussed his book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change. 9:09 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 19 min. Civil War Blogging History writers and Internet journalists talked about online debate on Civil War history and their ... History writers and Internet journalists talked about online debate on Civil War history and their role in fostering conversation about the Civil War. Topics included academic credibility and accuracy, online interactions with readers, the Internet as a tool for public education, and challenges facing researchers writing for Internet audiences. They responded to questions from the audience. 
“Civil War Blogging” was a panel of the 2012 Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College.
2:41 pm ET Approx. 3 min. Small Business Owners and Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small ... Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small business owners and activists. They urged congressional Republicans to work with Democrats on a solution to avoid “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. 1:20 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 19 min. Book Discussion on It's Even Worse Than It Looks In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan ... In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan politics in the U.S. government. The authors contend that the level of “hyperpartisanship” has resulted in a dysfunctional political process that is marked by adherence to political party platforms above all other costs. Mr. Mann and Mr. Ornstein offer several solutions to the stalemate, from expanding the voting public and promoting an active public and vigilant media to reforming the election process. They were joined in a discussion, moderated by E.J. Dionne. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience at this Brookings Institution event, “America’s Dysfunctional Politics: Why Now? What Can We Do About It?” 10:30 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. Mark Grimsley's The Hard Hand of War Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy ... Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, which was the featured book of the 2012 Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College. He responded to questions from the audience.
2:46 pm ET Approx. 5 min. LIVE Senate Filibuster Rules ; Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan ... Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan proposal for bypassing filibusters to take up legislation. 2:41 am ET Approx. 44 min. Book Discussion on Do Not Ask What Good We Do ; Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House ... Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he discusses how the 112th Congress could drop to a 9 percent approval rating. He responded to questions from the audience. 11:42 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. Military Executions in Stonewall Jackson's Command Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” ... Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s command. He talked about the different forms of punishment used under Jackson’s leadership in 1862, and the reactions of Confederate soldiers to these measures. He also responded to questions from the audience.
2:51 pm ET Approx. 5 min. Small Business Owners and Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small ... Senator Tom Harkin (D-(IA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) held a rally with small business owners and activists. They urged congressional Republicans to work with Democrats on a solution to avoid “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012. 3:27 am ET Approx. 45 min. Shooting from the Lip: Book Party A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The ... A book party was held at the Jefferson Hotel for the publication of Shooting from the Lip: The Life of Senator Al Simpson, written by Donald Hardy. Senator Simpson was shown mingling with the guests. Then Mr. Hardy, Senator Simpson’s former press secretary and chief of staff, talked about writing the book and the total access that he had to Senator Simpson’s papers. Senator Simpson also talked about the book and about his life. He told stories about the author, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and about some of the guests, including former Vice President and Mrs. Cheney, former Secretary Mineta, Librarian of Congress Billington, and Representative Dingell. 12:50 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 19 min. Civil War Blogging History writers and Internet journalists talked about online debate on Civil War history and their ... History writers and Internet journalists talked about online debate on Civil War history and their role in fostering conversation about the Civil War. Topics included academic credibility and accuracy, online interactions with readers, the Internet as a tool for public education, and challenges facing researchers writing for Internet audiences. They responded to questions from the audience. 
“Civil War Blogging” was a panel of the 2012 Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College.
2:57 pm ET Approx. 28 min. LIVE Senate Filibuster Rules ; Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan ... Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan proposal for bypassing filibusters to take up legislation. 4:14 am ET Approx. 27 min. Book Discussion on Across That Bridge From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Congressman ... From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Congressman John Lewis discussed his book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change. 2:12 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. Mark Grimsley's The Hard Hand of War Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy ... Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, which was the featured book of the 2012 Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College. He responded to questions from the audience.
3:26 pm ET Approx. 21 min. Republican Senators on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations ; Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander spoke to reporters about ... Tennessee Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander spoke to reporters about “fiscal cliff” impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress cannot reach a new budget agreement. Senator Alexander predicted that congressional leaders and President Obama would find a compromise over the weekend. Senator Corker among his comments said the real fiscal cliff was Medicare. He talked about his bill to reduce Medicare spending by $1 trillion as part of a larger budget deal. 4:44 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 19 min. Book Discussion on It's Even Worse Than It Looks In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan ... In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan politics in the U.S. government. The authors contend that the level of “hyperpartisanship” has resulted in a dysfunctional political process that is marked by adherence to political party platforms above all other costs. Mr. Mann and Mr. Ornstein offer several solutions to the stalemate, from expanding the voting public and promoting an active public and vigilant media to reforming the election process. They were joined in a discussion, moderated by E.J. Dionne. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience at this Brookings Institution event, “America’s Dysfunctional Politics: Why Now? What Can We Do About It?” 3:24 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 6 min. Military Executions in Stonewall Jackson's Command Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” ... Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s command. He talked about the different forms of punishment used under Jackson’s leadership in 1862, and the reactions of Confederate soldiers to these measures. He also responded to questions from the audience.
3:51 pm ET Approx. 32 min. Congressional Career of Representative Jerry Lewis ; Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected ... Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected on his 24-year career in the House of Representatives. He had been the chairman and the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee and was interviewed in House Appropriations Committee Chairman’s office in the U.S. Capitol. He talked about the appropriation process, lobbying, and the value of bipartisanship. Other topics included how the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks changed the operations in the U.S. Capitol. 6:04 am ET Approx. 44 min. Book Discussion on Do Not Ask What Good We Do ; Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House ... Author Robert Draper talked about his book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he discusses how the 112th Congress could drop to a 9 percent approval rating. He responded to questions from the audience. 4:32 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 19 min. Civil War Blogging History writers and Internet journalists talked about online debate on Civil War history and their ... History writers and Internet journalists talked about online debate on Civil War history and their role in fostering conversation about the Civil War. Topics included academic credibility and accuracy, online interactions with readers, the Internet as a tool for public education, and challenges facing researchers writing for Internet audiences. They responded to questions from the audience. 
“Civil War Blogging” was a panel of the 2012 Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College.
4:25 pm ET Approx. 28 min. Congressional Career of Representative Lynn Woolsey ; Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected ... Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected on her 20-year career in the House of Representatives. She spoke about her time as co-chair of the progressive caucus, calling them the “real Democrats” as well as her opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She said her biggest mistake was voting for a 2001 resolution authorizing the initial use of force following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She was interviewed in her office in the Rayburn House Office Building. 6:51 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 8 min. Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of her leadership and steadfast ... Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of her leadership and steadfast commitment to human rights and for promoting freedom, peace and democracy in her home country of Myanmar (Burma). Speakers included House and Senate leaders, Secretary of State Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush.
Aung San Suu Kyi was a leader in her country’s 1988 uprising, and elected prime minister in 1990. The military junta, however, would not cede power, and she was placed under house arrest for a total of 15 years; the final release happened in 2010. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
5:53 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 9 min. Mark Grimsley's The Hard Hand of War Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy ... Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, which was the featured book of the 2012 Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College. He responded to questions from the audience.
4:55 pm ET Approx. 9 min. Social Security and the Fiscal Cliff ; ; Stephen Ohlemacher talked about Social Security and its role in negotiations to avoid the ... Stephen Ohlemacher talked about Social Security and its role in negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included cost of living adjustments (COLA), the funding of Social Security and its solvency, and who receives it.
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.”
“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.
5:05 pm ET Approx. 39 min. Congressional Career of Senator Ben Nelson ; Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected on his ... Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who was retiring at the close of the 112th Congress, reflected on his 12 years in the Senate. Topics included the importance of compromising and his work as a member of the “Gang of 14,” a bi-partisan group of Senators who in 2005 successfully negotiated a deal on approving judicial nominations.
5:47 pm ET Approx. 3 min. Sequestration and National Security Policy ; ; Robert Levinson talked about sequestration and the “fiscal cliff,” and how ... Robert Levinson talked about sequestration and the “fiscal cliff,” and how sequestration could affect the defense budget and national security policy. "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. Mr. Levinson also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
This program was the ninth part of a “Washington Journal” series looking at specific policy areas of the “fiscal cliff.”
Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.
5:50 pm ET Approx. 7 min. LIVE President Obama Statement on Fiscal Cliff President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke ... President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke from the Brady Press Briefing Room. He talked about options for avoiding the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013, including a possible agreement between Senators Reid (D-NV) and McConnell (R-KY).
5:58 pm ET Approx. 25 min. LIVE Open Phones on Fiscal Cliff Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on President Obama’s statement on ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on President Obama’s statement on “fiscal cliff” negotiations. During the open phones a Senate highlight of Senators Reid and McConnell debating the “fiscal cliff” was shown. "Fiscal cliff" referred to the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement
6:23 pm ET Approx. 6 min. President Obama Statement on Fiscal Cliff President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke ... President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke from the Brady Press Briefing Room. He talked about options for avoiding the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013, including a possible agreement between Senators Reid (D-NV) and McConnell (R-KY).
6:30 pm ET Approx. 2 min. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on Fiscal Cliff ; Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their ... Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their meeting at the White House to discuss the “fiscal cliff” tax increases and budget cuts set to take place in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
6:33 pm ET Approx. 29 min. Homeownership and the Economy ; Randal O’Toole talked about his book, American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the ... Randal O’Toole talked about his book, American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Home Ownership, in which he asserts that excessive regulations have caused a decline in the United States' global ranking in homeowership rates. He blames federal, state and local policies for the collapse of the housing industry, rather than the banking industry and other factors. Some of the examples he cited were land use restrictions and permitting processes. Among his comments he said that the “'war on urban sprawl'” was an effort “by the middle class to make war on the working class to reduce working class homeownership rates.” He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
7:02 pm ET Approx. 14 min. LIVE Senator Schumer on Hurricane Sandy Relief ; Senator Schumer and other Senators from both New York and New Jersey briefed the media on the ... Senator Schumer and other Senators from both New York and New Jersey briefed the media on the Hurricane Sandy Response Bill. On Friday, December 28, the Senate approved a $60 billion relief package to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Shortly after the vote, New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand talked about what the funding would mean to residents of their region who were impacted by the storm. Senator Schumer urged House Speaker John Boehner to quickly bring the measure to the House floor and says it would be “unconscionable” for the chamber to adjourn without bringing it up for a vote. They also answered questions from the media.
7:17 pm ET Approx. 34 min. Hunger and the Economy ; ; Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Caroline Ratcliffe talked about access to food in the U.S. and food ... Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Caroline Ratcliffe talked about access to food in the U.S. and food security issues, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Households that are “food insecure” are unable to provide adequate food for one or more household members due to a lack of resources. Topics include trends in food insecurity, measurement of food security, how poverty and unemployment affect access to food, government programs and policies aimed at bolstering food security, and social ramifications of food insecurity. 
This program was part of C-SPAN’s regular Friday “America by the Numbers” series.
7:58 pm ET Approx. 3 min. Steven Dennis on White House Fiscal Cliff Meeting Steve Dennis was interviewed by phone about President Obama’s meeting at the White House ... Steve Dennis was interviewed by phone about President Obama’s meeting at the White House with congressional leaders on averting impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012.
8:05 pm ET Approx. 6 min. President Obama Statement on Fiscal Cliff President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke ... President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke from the Brady Press Briefing Room. He talked about options for avoiding the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013, including a possible agreement between Senators Reid (D-NV) and McConnell (R-KY).
8:08 pm ET Approx. 2 min. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on Fiscal Cliff ; Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their ... Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their meeting at the White House to discuss the “fiscal cliff” tax increases and budget cuts set to take place in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
8:14 pm ET Approx. 28 min. Senate Filibuster Rules ; Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan ... Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan proposal for bypassing filibusters to take up legislation.
8:40 pm ET Approx. 14 min. Senator Schumer on Hurricane Sandy Relief ; Senator Schumer and other Senators from both New York and New Jersey briefed the media on the ... Senator Schumer and other Senators from both New York and New Jersey briefed the media on the Hurricane Sandy Response Bill. On Friday, December 28, the Senate approved a $60 billion relief package to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Shortly after the vote, New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand talked about what the funding would mean to residents of their region who were impacted by the storm. Senator Schumer urged House Speaker John Boehner to quickly bring the measure to the House floor and says it would be “unconscionable” for the chamber to adjourn without bringing it up for a vote. They also answered questions from the media.
8:56 pm ET Approx. 55 min. Book Discussion on It Doesn't Take A Hero ; General Schwarzkopf, chief commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, discussed ... General Schwarzkopf, chief commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, discussed his autobiography It Doesn’t Take A Hero, published by Bantam Books. The general talked about his decisions in the Persian Gulf War, as well as other moments in his long military career, including his experiences in Vietnam.
9:55 pm ET Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. Innovation and the Space Race Burt Rutan talked about the history of manned spaceflight and contrasted the contemporary space ... Burt Rutan talked about the history of manned spaceflight and contrasted the contemporary space program with the pioneering days of space travel. Mr. Rutan designed “SpaceShipOne,” which launched the era of commercial space travel, and the Voyager aircraft that in 1986 became the first airplane to fly non-stop around the world without refueling.
11:19 pm ET Approx. 3 min. Steven Dennis on White House Fiscal Cliff Meeting Steve Dennis was interviewed by phone about President Obama’s meeting at the White House ... Steve Dennis was interviewed by phone about President Obama’s meeting at the White House with congressional leaders on averting impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012.
11:23 pm ET Approx. 6 min. President Obama Statement on Fiscal Cliff President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke ... President Obama delivered a statement about “fiscal cliff” negotiations. He spoke from the Brady Press Briefing Room. He talked about options for avoiding the impending tax increases and budget cuts in January 2013, including a possible agreement between Senators Reid (D-NV) and McConnell (R-KY).
11:30 pm ET Approx. 2 min. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on Fiscal Cliff ; Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their ... Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their meeting at the White House to discuss the “fiscal cliff” tax increases and budget cuts set to take place in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.
11:34 pm ET Approx. 28 min. Senate Filibuster Rules ; Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan ... Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan proposal for bypassing filibusters to take up legislation.
12:03 am ET Approx. 14 min. Senator Schumer on Hurricane Sandy Relief ; Senator Schumer and other Senators from both New York and New Jersey briefed the media on the ... Senator Schumer and other Senators from both New York and New Jersey briefed the media on the Hurricane Sandy Response Bill. On Friday, December 28, the Senate approved a $60 billion relief package to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Shortly after the vote, New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand talked about what the funding would mean to residents of their region who were impacted by the storm. Senator Schumer urged House Speaker John Boehner to quickly bring the measure to the House floor and says it would be “unconscionable” for the chamber to adjourn without bringing it up for a vote. They also answered questions from the media.
12:21 am ET Approx. 55 min. Book Discussion on It Doesn't Take A Hero ; General Schwarzkopf, chief commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, discussed ... General Schwarzkopf, chief commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, discussed his autobiography It Doesn’t Take A Hero, published by Bantam Books. The general talked about his decisions in the Persian Gulf War, as well as other moments in his long military career, including his experiences in Vietnam.
1:21 am ET Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. Innovation and the Space Race Burt Rutan talked about the history of manned spaceflight and contrasted the contemporary space ... Burt Rutan talked about the history of manned spaceflight and contrasted the contemporary space program with the pioneering days of space travel. Mr. Rutan designed “SpaceShipOne,” which launched the era of commercial space travel, and the Voyager aircraft that in 1986 became the first airplane to fly non-stop around the world without refueling.
2:48 am ET Approx. 2 hr. 32 min. NASA Budget and Mission Witnesses testified on NASA’s strategic direction as the Nation faces budgetary ... Witnesses testified on NASA’s strategic direction as the Nation faces budgetary challenges. They also reviewed the National Research Council report on NASA’s strategic direction and the need for a national consensus.
5:23 am ET Approx. 55 min. Book Discussion on It Doesn't Take A Hero ; General Schwarzkopf, chief commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, discussed ... General Schwarzkopf, chief commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, discussed his autobiography It Doesn’t Take A Hero, published by Bantam Books. The general talked about his decisions in the Persian Gulf War, as well as other moments in his long military career, including his experiences in Vietnam.
6:20 am ET Approx. 28 min. Senate Filibuster Rules ; Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan ... Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their bipartisan proposal for bypassing filibusters to take up legislation.
6:49 am ET Approx. 2 min. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on Fiscal Cliff ; Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their ... Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate floor about their meeting at the White House to discuss the “fiscal cliff” tax increases and budget cuts set to take place in January 2013 if Congress failed to reach a budget agreement.