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China's Cyber Spying

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May 28, 1999
Threats of state-sponsored cyber spying from China are nothing new. In 1999, Congress released a report alleging China was responsible for years of espionage and stealing U.S. nuclear secrets. As Haynes Johnson explained on Washington Week, the threat didn't come from traditional spies, but was a threat "in cyberspace." "It's about computers," he said.
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Anita Hill testifies at Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings

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October 11, 1991
In October 1991, the nation watched as law professor Anita Hill recounted the sexual harassment she faced from Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas when they worked together at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charges Thomas denied. On Washington Week, Gloria Borger described Hill's hours-long testimony "astonishing."
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1998 Capitol Hill Shooting

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July 24, 1998
In July 1998 a gunman killed two Capitol Police officers in the deadliest shooting incident at the Capitol. On the day of the shooting, the Washington Week panelists reflected on the security inside the Capitol where "once you're through [security], you can run into Ted Kennedy or Newt Gingrich."
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What Obama looks for in a Supreme Court nominee

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May 1, 2009
President Obama nominated Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, his third nomination as president. In 2009, just 102 days into his first term, President Obama was tasked with naming his first nominee to the Supreme Court when Justice David Souter announced his plans to retire. Empathy was one of the chief qualities Obama was looking for in a potential nominee, as NBC News' Pete Williams explained on Washington Week.
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Pete Williams in 2010: Merrick Garland the "safer choice"

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May 14, 2010
When President Obama made his last Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan in 2010, NBC News' Pete Williams said Merrick Garland, Obama's newest pick, would have been an "even safer choice."
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Antonin Scalia on the Second Amendment

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February 17, 2016
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last week at the age of 79, was known for his colorful language in his written opinions and dissents from the bench. His most important majority opinion may have been in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which ruled that banning handguns violates the Second Amendment. On the June 27, 2008 edition of "Washington Week," Linda Greenhouse, then-New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, and NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams discussed Scalia's majority opinion and the ruling's meaning for the future.
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Record Turnout at the Iowa Caucuses in 2008

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February 1, 2016
Every four years, voters in Iowa are the first to make their choice for president known. This year Clinton is trying to prevent an upset like 2008 when Barack Obama turned out new caucus-goers in record numbers to take first place.
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Iran Hostages Released

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January 23, 1981
35 years ago, 52 Americans were released from Iran after spending 444 days as hostages after the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Their release came minutes after President Ronald Reagan was sworn in on January 20, 1981.
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How Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Helped Ted Cruz Win in 2012

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August 3, 2012
In the summer of 2012, Sarah Palin's endorsement helped fuel tea party-backed, first-time candidate Ted Cruz to an upset victory in the Republican Senate primary in Texas. Now four years later, Cruz is running a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and had hoped to win Palin's endorsement again, but on Tuesday the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee announced her support of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses.