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    President Obama Address to Troops in New Jersey

    President Obama spoke to troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

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    Criminal Justice and Policing Practices

    The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights held a hearing on criminal justice and policing practices after recent protests around the country in the wake of deaths of unarmed black men. Witnesses discussed the Fair Sentencing Act, efforts to reform sentencing guidelines, and restoring federal voting rights for ex-convicts. The first panel of black legislators included Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Keith Ellison (D-MN). Senator Booker called the criminal justice system “woefully biased” against minorities. The second panel of law enforcement and civil rights officials agreed that the movement across the country was in response to the disconnect minorities feel with policing tactics and the criminal justice system as a whole. Democratic senators talked about the Death in Police Custody Act which would record the number of deaths of suspects in police custody.

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    Foreign Relations Legislation Markup

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to mark up a bill that would authorize U.S. military force in the fight against ISIS* militants. The panel also considered the nomination of Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state.

    * 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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    Use of Military Force Against ISIL

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the use of military force against so-called Islamic State* militants. Secretary Kerry said a new congressional authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against the ISIL should not be limited to Iraq and Syria nor should it bind President Obama from ever deploying ground troops against ISIL if needed.

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

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    Politics and Foreign Policy

    Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) talked about U.S. foreign policy issues. Topics included the fight against *ISIS, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Iran and its nuclear program, and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance. 

    “The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy” was part of the Wall St. Journal CEO Council annual meeting.

    * 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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    Domestic Violence and Sports

    Representatives of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, along with representatives from the players' associations for those leagues testified on what the leagues were doing to address issues of domestic violence and professional athletes.

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    Role of Federal Prosecutors

    U.S. attorneys from around the country talked about the role of federal prosecutors in reducing violence and incarceration, despite decreasing budgets. Each explained what works in their districts to reduce crime, promote prisoner re-entry, and reduce incarceration. 

    This event was part of a New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice conference on law enforcement reform and reducing the incarceration rate.

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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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