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    Deputy Secretary of State Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to consider President Obama’s nomination of Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken to serve as deputy secretary of state. Topics included the Iran nuclear negotiations and aid for Ukraine and the opposition in Syria.

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    New Jersey Senate Debate

    Incumbent Senator Cory Booker (D) and challenger Jeff Bell (R) met in their only televised debate for New Jersey’s Senate seat.

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    U.S. Strategy Against Terrorists

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified at a Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on U.S. strategy for combating the Islamic State* militant group. He had just returned from a trip abroad to build a coalition against ISIL. He said that no country had been asked to put “boots on the ground.” Then in the second panel, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford testified in support of the administration’s plan to aid and arm the moderate Syrian opposition.

    *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.

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    Financial Regulatory System

    Leaders of federal financial agencies testified on the status of the the rulemaking finalization process and reform policies included in the Dodd-Frank financial regulations law.

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    Clean Power Plan, Afternoon Session

    The Environmental Protection Agency held the first in a series of public hearings on its proposed Clean Power Plan. The plan would cut carbon pollution from existing fossil-fuel power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

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    Trucks and Public Safety

    Regulators, safety advocates, and industry representatives testified on ways to improve freight truck safety on U.S. roads. Anne Ferro, the outgoing administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, defended and stressed the need to limit the amount of time a truck driver can be on the road. At the time of the hearing, there were legislative efforts to roll back or temporarily suspend the agency’s hours of service rules.

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    Ambassador Nominations

    John Tefft and Donald Heflin testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about their qualifications to represent the U.S. as ambassadors to Russia and Cape Verde respectively. The committee also heard from the nominees to be ambassadors to Costa Rica, Botswana, Finland, and Brunei, and the deputy U.N. ambassador.

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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Obama administration officials and academics testified on the status of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and five other global powers (P5+1) with Iran. A July 20th, 2014, deadline to reach a deal had recently been extended by four months. The hearing included a Treasury Department update on the ongoing sanctions against Iran, and the views of former Obama and George W. Bush administration advisers.

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    Iraq Violence and Politics

    State and Defense Department officials, a former CIA analyst, and a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq testified about the dominance of the militant group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in ongoing violence and terrorism in Iraq. Brett McGurk told the committee that the situation in Iraq was extremely serious, and that ISIS was no longer just a terrorist organization but a full-blown army. 

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    Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Witnesses testified on the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. State and Justice Department official spoke about the economic hardships and violence driving children out of their countries. Several Republicans on the committee blamed President Obama’s policies for the problem, including his 2012 move to halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants. Democrats and the panelists cited the lack of a cohesive immigration policy, and the violence and economic hardships in Central American countries.

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