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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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    U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Joseph Dunford testified at a hearing on operations against ISIL,* including the Obama administration decision to deploy 250 additional troops to Syria. Secretary Carter said that as the U.S. was continuing to battle ISIL in Syria and Iraq, he had been becoming increasingly concerned about the political and economic challenges each country was facing. 

    * 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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    Birchfield v. North Dakota Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Birchfield v. North Dakota. The case concerns whether, in the absence of a warrant, a state may make it illegal for a driver to refuse to take a blood, breath, or urine alcohol test. This case involved three cases that were consolidated. Two of the challenges came from North Dakota and one from Minnesota. In those states, 10 other states, and the federal government, there is what’s called an “implied consent” law. Under it, if a police officer requests consent for such a test and the driver says no he or she can be charged with a crime. 

    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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    United States v. Texas Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Texas, a case concerning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. In November 2014 President Obama initiated DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), which defers deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens or legal residents. He also expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Texas and 25 other states challenged the executive actions as unconstitutional and a violation of federal law governing how agencies can make regulations.

    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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    Confirmation Hearing for Generals Curtis Scaparrotti and Lori Robinson

    General Curtis Scaparrotti, nominated to be commander of U.S. European Command, and General Lori Robinson, nominated to be commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, testified at their confirmation hearing. They answered questions on drug trafficking, Russian aggression. combating ISIS,* NATO operations, and Afghanistan troops levels. 

    * 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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    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Brain Injury Treatment

    Health officials from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs testified at a hearing on research into post-traumatic stress disorder, and methods of diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injuries. Topics included the lower amount of research on traumatic brain injuries in comparison to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the impact of military sexual assaults on one’s mental state.

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    Book Discussion on Broad Influence

    Jay Newton-Small spoke with former Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) about her book Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works, in which examines how the growth of women in government and business is transforming how things work inside and outside of Washington, D.C.

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    Emergency Preparedness

    Officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Department, the Government Accountability Office, and Federal Emergency Management Agency testified at a hearing on FEMA preparedness. Topics included proposed cuts to FEMA, first responders, FEMA training, and the transportation of hazardous materials.

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