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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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    Afghanistan Operations Commander Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for Lieutenant General John Nicholson, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Afghanistan Operations Commander. In his testimony he said that while progress had been made in Afghanistan, challenges remained. Lieutenant General Nicholson was introduced by Senator Kirk.

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    Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

    Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT), federal drug policy officials, and advocates testified at a hearing on heroin and prescription drug abuse. Dr. Nora Volkow told committee members the over-prescribing of painkillers must be addressed if the nation is to address the heroin addiction epidemic.

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    Heffernan v. City of Paterson Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a case on whether city officials violated the free speech rights of a police officer who was demoted after his superiors assumed he supported a challenger in the local mayorial race. In 2006 Jeffrey Heffernan, a Paterson, New Jersey, detective, was demoted to beat cop the day after he was seen picking up a lawn sign for the challenger to the mayor. Mr. Heffernan did not support the other candidate but was picking up a sign for his bedridden mother. The court had ruled that the government cannot retaliate against employees like police officers for supporting a political candidate. The issue in this case was whether the First Amendment protects Mr. Heffernan, since he was not engaging in First Amendment speech or association, but just being a good son.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Veterans Affairs Modernization

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and two other VA officials testified at a hearing on the department’s strategic plan to improve and modernize agency operations. Secretary McDonald outlined the key priorities of his “MyVA” initiative, which include improving the experience of veterans and VA employees, improving internal support services, changing the organizational culture, and enhancing strategic partnerships. Other topics included reducing the disability claims backlog, veterans' homelessness, VA staff recruiting, and modernizing the agency’s information technology infrastructure.

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    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could end the practice of nonunion public employees paying fees to unions. A group of California teachers were challenging the California law, arguing that their First Amendment free speech rights are violated when they are forced to pay dues to the state teacher’s union which supports political agendas they oppose.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak..

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    Harris v. Arizona Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The case concerns whether Arizona’s legislative districts violate the “one person, one vote” principle. At issue was whether the unequal population in some districts gave Democrats an advantage.


    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The case concerns the consideration of race as a factor in the undergraduate admissions process. Justice Kagan recused herself as she worked on the case while serving as solicitor general.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Evenwel v. Abbott Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Evenwel v. Abbott, on the concept of “one person, one vote” and whether states could consider total population or the number of eligible voters when redrawing legislative districts.

    This program contained the audio recording released by the court immediately after the arguments were presented. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair General Paul Selva testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. military strategy against ISIS.* Secretary Carter told committee members that the U.S. is prepared to provide attack helicopters and military advisers to Iraqi security forces as they battle ISIS.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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