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    West Africa Ebola Outbreak

    Federal health officials and health workers testified at a joint hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the possible risk to the U.S.

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    Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on ISIS Threat

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on President Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS* militants. Secretary Hagel outlined the administration’s approach that includes expanded airstrikes, additional U.S. personnel in Iraq, and training Syrian rebel forces opposed to ISIS. General Dempsey said he supports the president’s strategy but added that if building a coalition fails, his recommendations could include ground forces.

    The hearing was briefly interrupted throughout by protestors.

    Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) spoke with reporters for several minutes after the hearing ended. 

    *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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    Supreme Court 2014 Term Preview

    A panel of U.S. Supreme Court observers, including attorneys who had argued before the court, discussed the 2014 term of the high court which would begin in October, and what cases were likely to be taken up by the nine justices. Topics included the dynamics of the court under Chief Justice Roberts. They also reflected on decisions issued in the most recent term.

    “The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term” was a Smithsonian Associates program held in the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

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    Veterans' Health Care System

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the overall state of the VA health care system and the findings of an investigation into the Phoenix, Arizona, VA medical center center where employees altered patient waiting lists.

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    North Carolina Senate Debate

    North Carolina Senate candidates Senator Kay Hagan (D) and Thom Tillis (R) debated various issues. This was their first debate, held in the UNC-TV studio. Courtesy of North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

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    Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts talked about the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. He spoke about why there was a need for the Magna Carta, how it helped to shape a young and growing America, and its significance today. He spoke at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Boston.

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    Senators Burr and Hagan at American Legion Convention

    Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) spoke at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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    Veterans' Health Care Bill Negotiations

    House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) called a conference meeting on H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, a bill that would reform the Veterans Affairs. Chairman Miller proposed a plan that would provide the VA $10 billion in emergency mandatory funding. House and Senate lawmakers had been working to pass a measure for fixing the department before they leave for August break.

    After the meeting in room HVC-200 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Chairman Miller spoke to reporters in the room.

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Robert McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In remarks, Mr. McDonald pledged to transform the agency, saying that systemic failures must be addressed.

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    Marine Corps Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nomination of General Joseph F. Dunford as U.S. Marine Corps commandant. Among his statements General Dunford told committee members that U.S. military leaders did not recommend the White House announce a zero troop presence in Afghanistan in 2017 but would have preferred more ambiguous troop numbers. Other topics included the counterterrorism capabilities in the region, the recent Afghan elections, and future strategies of the U.S. Marine Corps.