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    State Department Daily Briefing

    John Kirby briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international topics, including Turkey’s response to a recent bomb attack by ISIS* militants.

    * 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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    Secretary of State John Kerry on Human Trafficking Report

    The State Department released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which evaluates the efforts of countries around the world to fight slavery. Cuba and Malaysia were removed from the TIP “black list.” This was the 15th TIP report, and included narratives from 188 countries and territorities.

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    Following any leadership remarks, the Senate was in a period of morning business, with senators permitted to speak on any topic.  The Senate resumed debate on a highway funding bill.

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    Investments in Science and Innovation

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) held a forum on strengthening investments in scientific research as a way to grow the economy and create jobs. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was the first presenter, and he was followed by a panel of researchers and academics. 

    This event was part of a series of forums organized by Senator Warren and Representative Cummings, their Middle Class Prosperity Project.

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    Morning Hour

    The House convened for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on a variety of topics.

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    House Session, Part 1

    The House convened with members giving one minute speeches.

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    House Session, Part 2

    The House convened for a legislative session and debated a number of bills under suspension of the rules.