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    President Obama Remarks at Benedict College

    President Obama delivered remarks about education and the economy at a town hall event at Benedict College in South Carolina. He also responded to questions from students about education, leadership, and the economy. the was President Obama’s first trip to South Carolina since winning the state’s Democratic primary race in 2008.

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    Homeland Security Funding Bill Signing

    President Obama made brief remarks as he signed a bill into law to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September 30, 2015.

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    President Obama's Response to Israeli Prime Minister

    President Obama spoke to reporters before a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. He talked about the address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress earlier in the day about Iran’s nuclear program. President Obama said he agreed with many of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s points but that the prime minister “didn’t offer any viable alternatives” for dealing with Iran.

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    Presidential Remarks on Education for Girls Worldwide

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama officially launched the education initiative, “Let Girls Learn,” designed to help teenage girls worldwide remain in school and complete their education, especially in nations that may not respect a woman’s right to education.

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    President Obama with the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

    President Obama delivers remarks to the press about the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve following a meeting with members of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The task force was formed by executive order December 18, 2014, in the wake of multiple police incidents that resulted in the death of African-American men. The task force submitted a report to the president which contains recommendations on “how to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” according to the White House. The president said the report would be made available online for public review. The president thanked all those who participated in the task force, and encouraged the media not to ignore the report and its recommendations.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He talked about the plan he announced earlier in the week calling on the Department of Labor to update rules to protect families and retirement funds from conflicts of interest by requiring financial advisers to put their clients' best interest before their own profits.

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    Attorney General Eric Holder Portrait Unveiling

    The Justice Department held a ceremony to unveil the official portrait of Attorney General Eric Holder. The event, which marked Attorney General Holder’s anticipated departure from the department, included remarks from President Obama and a surprise performance by singer Aretha Franklin.

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    Attorney General Nomination Vote

    The Senate Judiciary Committee met in executive session to consider and vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, as well as legislation under its jurisdiction. The committee voted 12-8 to approve the nomination.

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    U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Terrorists

    Retired General John Allen, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the U.S. strategy and coalition efforts to defeat the militant Islamic group. He told the committee that recruitment of Syrian fighters against ISIL was higher than originally expected. Topics included the terms of President Obama’s formal request for a three-year authorization for military force (AUMF).

    *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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    State Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his department’s fiscal year 2016 budget. Topics discussed included the aid being given to help Ukraine against Russia, talks with Iran over its nuclear program, and the terms of the authorization for use of military force (AUMF).