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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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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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    Developments in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan Operations Commander General John Campbell testified on developments in Afghanistan. He told committee members that he had provided the Obama administration with options that would allow for more flexibility on the pace of troop withdrawals.

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    National Security and Intelligence

    Nick Rasmussen testified at a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on security threats facing the U.S. at home and abroad, and what the National Counterterrorism Center was doing to address intelligence oversight.

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    Financial Exploitation of Senior Citizens

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on efforts to combat the financial exploitation of senior citizens. Members heard from Phillip Marshall, whose late grandmother Brooke Astor was mistreated and tricked out of millions of dollars by her son.

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    Guantanamo Bay Prison

    The Defense Department’s Brian McKeon and the National Counterterrorism Center’s Nicholas Rasmussen testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the future of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and U.S. detention policy.

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    Secretary of Defense Confirmation Hearing

    Former Defense Department Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be secretary of defense. He answered two full rounds of questions from the committee on issues including sequestration, ISIL in Iraq and Syria, China’s influence in Asia, Iran’s potential nuclear capability, the ongoing situation with Ukraine and Russia, cyber threats, and sexual assault in the military.

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    Military Retirement and Compensation Changes

    Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission testified on their efforts to make changes to pensions, health care, and retirement compensation for members of the military. Proposals included reducing military pensions by 20 percent, and providing a 401K-type investment account.

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    Senator Thom Tillis on Congressional Goals and Agenda

    Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) talked about his experience in state government and his goals for the 114th Congress. He said that regulatory reform was one of his top priorities for his time in Congress.

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    Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. The case addresses low-income housing and the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which bars discrimination in home sales and rentals. The focus is on “disparate impact,” a key component of the Fair Housing Act. Under “disparate impact,” discrimination in renting or housing doesn’t have to be blatantly racially motivated to be illegal. It can be race-neutral in intent, but still adversely impact a protected class of people, making it discriminatory in practice.

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    Budget Control Act of 2011 and Sequestration

    The heads of the military branches testified on the impact of sequestration Defense Department budget cuts on national security.