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    Question Time

    Prime Minister David Cameron answered questions from members of his party and the opposition. Topics included housing, the British economy, jobs programs, and the National Health Service.

    This was the first Question Time since Prime Minister Cameron was re-elected in the May 7 general election and convening of the new Parliament.

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    Freedom of Information Act and Government Transparency

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers from the Departments of Treasury, State, Justice, and Homeland Security testified on their agencies' compliance with and response to FOIA requests.

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    Terrorism and Social Media

    Homeland Security and Justice Department officials testified on the use of social media by ISIS* to recruit fighters, spread propaganda, and plot attacks. FBI Counterterrorism Assistant Director Michael Steinbach warned about the growing use of encrypted communication by terror groups, saying technology had complicated efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists. The hearing also focused on the use of social media by suspects in the May 3, 2015, shooting in Garland, Texas, and Boston Marathon attack in 2013.

    * 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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    Iran Nuclear Agreement and U.S. Middle East Policy

    Middle East scholars testified on a potential Iranian nuclear agreement and its implications for U.S. policy in the region.

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    Federal Budget Process

    Keith Hall testified at an oversight hearing on the federal budget process and initiatives to reduce fraud.

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    Internal Revenue Service Data Theft

    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George testified on the recent data theft that compromised the private information of over 100,000 taxpayers.

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    Amtrak Derailment

    Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen testified on the May 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people.

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate passed H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act,67-32, which makes changes to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance provisions under the PATRIOT act that expired on June 1. All amendments failed; thus, the bill went to President Obama to sign.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest responded to reporters' questions on a variety of topics, including proposed amendments to the USA FREEDOM Act, U.S. military efforts in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear program, and reports of Transportation Security Agency (TSA) failures.

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    Florida Economic Growth Summit

    Governors Scott Walker (R-WI), Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and former Governors Jeb Bush (R-FL), Rick Perry (R-TX) and Mike Huckabee (R-AR) were among the speakers at the Florida Economic Growth Summit in Orlando.