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    U.S. Policy in Iraq

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy options for Iraq’s long-term security.

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    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified n the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. In June 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants through a state-federal partnership, and required fossil fuel-burning plants to identify the best and cheapest way to reduce pollution.

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    Dodd-Frank Act and Financial Regulatory Policy

    Witnesses testified on the effects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on the financial services industry, consumers, and American competitiveness since its enactment in July 2010. Former Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), who co-sponsored the Dodd-Frank Act said he did not support Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) call to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act. Representative Frank served as chairman of the committee from 2007-2011. Several banking and financial services representatives also testified.

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    Q&A with Fred Kaplan

    Fred Kaplan, author of John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, talked about the sixth U.S. president and shared his experiences as a biographer of literary and political figures such as Gore Vidal, Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln.

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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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    General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Dispute resolution attorney Kenneth Feinberg and executives from General Motors (GM) and one of its suppliers testified on the automaker’s delayed ignition switch recall and its corporate culture. GM CEO Mary Barra defended Michael Millikin, the company’s general counsel, as Senator Claire McCaskill called for his departure.

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    Senator Feinstein on Malaysia Airlines Crash

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke to reporters following a closed-door briefing on the Malaysian airliner shot down that day in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

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    Monetary Policy and the Economy

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen presented her semiannual report on monetary policy to the House Financial Services Committee. The report looks at the current and future economic conditions for the financial sector. She said the economy was improving but was incomplete. She sad the housing sector was sluggish and that short-term interests might be increased in late 2015.

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    Q&A with George Will

    George Will talked about his latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at 100, which examines the story of the Chicago Cubs. He also talked about his career as a syndicated columnist and the controversy surrounding one of his columns regarding sexual assault on college campuses, in which he argued that the Obama administration’s statistics were not grounded in fact and that due process for those accused of assault was endangered. Mr. Will was dropped by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch over this column and addressed this in the interview.

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    Emergency Funding for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Witnesses testified on President Obama’s request for emergency funds to deal with the flood of migrant children from Central America at the U.S. border. The respective secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, Jeh Johnson and Syvlia Burwell, defended the request, acknowledging that while the amount was very large, the funds were needed to address the current problem as well as to stem it in the future. Secretary Johnson said returning more people back quickly would a send strong message of deterrence, and that the supplemental would help in expediting cases.

    After the hearing gaveled out, Chair Mikulski spoke briefly with reporters.