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Admiral James Stavridis discusses the importance of safe travel on the oceans for the United States. Stavridis also addresses the tragic collision on the sea last week near Japan of a U.S. battleship and another ship.


Jerry Ceppos, dean at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, talks about the history of leakers influencing American journalism and government.

Ceppos also comments on NBC's controversial interview with Alex Jones, the new branding for Fox News, and whether President Donald Trump's battle with the media will continue.


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When will lawmakers be called back for the next special session to deal with the fiscal cliff?

“You know, that’s a good question,” Governor John Bel Edwards said, when asked. “And I truly don’t know.”


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East Baton Rouge councilwoman Barbara Reich Freiberg discusses the smoking ban for bars and casinos that the EBR Metro Council will consider. Freiberg will also reflect on the continuing controversy regarding the Council on Aging in Baton Rouge.


Andy Slavitt analyzes the health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act recently passed by the U.S. House. Slavitt is former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.


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“I move the House of Representatives adjourn sine die,” the “dean” of the House Andy Anders intoned Friday evening, receiving cheers in response.

The second special session of the year delivered a budget only marginally different than the one proposed by the Senate during the regular session. That had many – including Governor John Bel Edwards – wondering aloud whether the special session had truly been necessary.

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“This is essentially the same bill that we passed out a couple of weeks ago, that we thought was responsible and made complete sense,” Senate Finance chair Eric LaFleur told his committee. “It just took a little, a week I think, for the House to come around. And I don’t foresee it getting any better than it is now.”


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A somber mood dominated the Capitol Wednesday, following the early morning news that Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise had been shot.


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The House Appropriations Committee passed the newest version of the state’s operating budget Tuesday. Chairman Cameron Henry (R-Metairie) says this latest version leaves $100 million unspent. 


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“The more we fund this year, the bigger the fiscal cliff is going to be next year. And we can’t sustain more taxes. It’s irresponsible!”

Representative Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) summed up the thinking of a majority of House Appropriations committee members, as special session budget hearings began where the regular session left off – with a bill that doesn’t spend all the estimated revenue.


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