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    Commercial Drones

    Federal regulators and representatives of private business, lobbying organizations, and think tanks testified at a hearing on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones. The witnesses addressed such issues as safety, economic impact, and privacy concerns.

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    Federal Communications Commission Oversight Hearing

    The commissioners testified at a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) oversight hearing about operations and budget. The focus was on their recent open Internet vote classifying the Internet as a common carrier, like telephone services. In a 3-2 vote, rules were passed designed to ensure “net neutrality” by prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against legal content moving through their networks.

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    Tax Scam Protection

    Federal and state-level tax, revenue, and justice officials testified on some of the scams being used against taxpayers during the 2015 tax-filing season. The scams ranged from impersonations of IRS agents over the telephone to tax refund identity theft. The witnesses discussed their efforts to help protect consumers and the additional steps that can be taken.

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    National Wireless Public Safety Network

    Representatives of federal agencies and first responder groups testified at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing hearing on progress made toward establishing the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which aimed to be the first nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety.

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    Authorization for the Use of Military Force Request

    Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on President Obama’s request for authorization for use for military force (AUMF) against *ISIL. Also discussed were the talks with Iran over its nuclear program. 

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Ukraine-Russia Conflict

    Officials from the Departments of State, Treasury, and Defense testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Russia. Topics included the Obama administration’s response to the conflict, the potential for the U.S. to provide lethal military assistance to Ukraine, and the impact of sanctions on Russia. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) called the Obama administration’s policy “feckless.”

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    Senator Bob Menendez News Conference

    Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) spoke to reporters about the decision by the Justice Department to file corruption charges against him for allegedly using his office to push the business interests of a donor in Florida. He said that he had always worked hard for the people of New Jersey and that he had done nothing wrong.

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    State Economic Initiatives

    Panelists talked about opportunities to improve low and middle-income wages and working conditions.

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    American Israel Public Affairs Committee Day 2, Senator Bob Menendez Remarks

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) spoke about the U.S.-Israel relationship and said that he was not intimidated by anyone, including Israeli’s political enemies or his political friends, when he feels they are wrong. He outlined the requirements of a good nuclear deal with Iran and was critical of the Obama administration approach and of actions by Iran. He also addressed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and urged Palestine to end its pact with the Hamas terrorist group. 

    This was part of the afternoon plenary session of the second day of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference, held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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    U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Terrorists

    Retired General John Allen, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the U.S. strategy and coalition efforts to defeat the militant Islamic group. He told the committee that recruitment of Syrian fighters against ISIL was higher than originally expected. Topics included the terms of President Obama’s formal request for a three-year authorization for military force (AUMF).

    *The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.