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    Chemical Facility Security

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials testified on chemical facility security. In 2013, President Obama, in response to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion of April 2013, issued an executive order directing federal agencies to improve the security and safety of chemical facilities. The witnesses provided specific steps for improving ammonium nitrate safety, getting information to first responders, and updating the Risk Management Plan. Other topics included Congress increasing OSHA fines for non-compliant facilities.

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    Q&A with John Bresnahan and Manu Raju

    Politico reporters Manu Raju and John Bresnahan talked about incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his personality, his career in the Senate, and his relationships with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), President Obama, and his own party.

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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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    Q&A with Ann Compton

    Ann Compton talked about her 41-year career covering the White House. She talked about covering presidents from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama and shared her personal experiences with these men and her opinions on their administrations. As the only television reporter with President Bush on September 11, 2001, she also spoke about how the day unfolded.

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    Q&A with James Risen

    James Risen talked about his book Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War, in which he explores some of the hidden costs of the war on terror since September 11, 2001, both around the world and in the U.S. He spoke about billions of dollars disappearing in Iraq, and abuses of power involving monetary fraud by Americans in the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also talked about civil liberties issues and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program.

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    Q&A with David Mark

    David Mark talked about the book he co-authored with Chuck McCutcheon, Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech, about how politicians use language.

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    Nomination Hearing for National Counterterrorism Center Director

    The Senate Select Intelligence Committee considered the nomination of Nicholas Rasmussen to be director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He said in his opening statement that he thinks about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, everyday on the job, and those thoughts fuel his work. He was asked questions about *ISIS threats abroad and to the homeland, Afghanistan troop reduction and its impact on intelligence gathering, Iran, cybersecurity, general threats to and plots against the homeland, and NCTC staffing.

    * 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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    Q&A with Nonie Darwish

    Nonie Darwish talked about her life story, including growing up in Egypt and Gaza, her father’s death at the hands of the Israelis, life under Sharia law, why she chose to break with Islam, and the consequences of her choice. She also spoke about her views on Islam and Muslims following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and U.S. relationships with Muslim countries ruled by Sharia law and their role in the war on terror.

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    Islamic State Financing

    Witnesses testified at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on how organizations such as the Islamic State* obtain and deploy financial resources to commit acts of terror and further their strategic objectives. David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said administration was committed to combating the Islamic State and outlined what the Treasury Department was doing to attack the terror group’s funding sources.

    *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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    Q&A with Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley talked about his book, Death of a King: the Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year, about the final year of the civil rights leader’s life.