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    Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Secretaris John Kerry, Jack Lew, and Ernest Moniz joined Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey in testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Iran nuclear agreement and its possible impact on U.S. interests in the Middle East. The agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would set limits on Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, build centrifuges, and other actions that could lead to a nuclear bomb. The witnesses stressed that even with deal, all military options remained on the table.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz briefed reporters and responded to questions on a range of subjects. He said that the White House was aware of the reports that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar died in April 2013 in Pakistan and "believe the reports of his are credible". Other topics included included the Iran nuclear agreement, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank. .

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    House Speaker Weekly Briefing

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) briefed reporters and responded to questions on his party’s legislative agenda. He said he was confident there would be “smooth sailing” on the highway funding bill. He also responded to a question on the attempt by Representative Mark Meadow (R-NC) to oust Mr. Boehner as speaker of the House, saying that he had broad support from his colleagues.

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    Internet of Things

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the scope and potential of new technologies being developed for the growing network of interconnected devices, everyday physical objects such as cars and devices in the home. Topics included privacy and regulatory concerns.

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    Campus Sexual Assaults

    Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Dean Heller (R-NV) testified on their bill, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, intended to combat campus sexual assault. The second panel consisted of University of California President Janet Napolitano and sexual assault victim advocates, who all offered strong recommendations.

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    Representative Chaka Fattah on Corruption Indictment

    Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA) spoke with reporters on Capitol Hill following news of a Justice Department indictment 29 federal corruption charges connected to his failed 2007 campaign to be Philadelphia’s mayor.

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    Aviation Security

    Newly-confirmed TSA administrator Peter Neffenger testified about his plans for addressing airline security threats and other issues throughout the Transportation Security Administration. He addressed the TSA’s 96 percent failure rate at spotting weapons and explosives in a recent covert test by Homeland Security agents. Issues covered in the hearing included improving the pre-check screening program, using biometrics to replace boarding passes, and employee morale.