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    Intelligence and Cybersecurity Issues

    National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers testified on the challenges his agency faces, including retention of key personnel, securing the budget, optimization within the NSA, and the need for new legislation that would benefit the organization. He answered questions from the committee on issues that included massive data breaches at Sony Pictures, U.S. efforts to thwart current terrorist threats, and what would ensure the NSA to be more proactive as opposed to reactive.

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    Food Safety

    Dr. Stephen Ostroff was one of three Food and Drug Administration officials who testified at a hearing on food safety. Dr. Ostroff also talked about the budget and appropriations process and how proper funding is crucial to food safety.

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    EPA Toxic River Spill

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at hearing on the toxic river spill caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one of its contractors near the shuttered Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. The rupture released 3 million gallons of waste water from the mine into the Animas River and contained lead, arsenic, and cadmium. She talked about the EPA’s ongoing efforts to investigate the cause of the spill, and addressed its detrimental impact on the region.

    Senators from Colorado and New Mexico spoke before Administrator McCarthy to explain the impact of the spill on their home states. Administrator McCarthy talked about the EPA’s ongoing efforts to investigate the cause of the spill, and addressed its detrimental impact on the region.

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    Urban Riots

    Panelists talked about the history and causes of urban riots, such as historic ones in Watts and recent ones in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. Topics included the differences between rioting, rebelling, protesting, and other forms of resistance and differences in how cities responded to the unrest, including policing methods.

    “Can Urban Riots Cause Change?” was a “Thinking L.A.” event co-presented by UCLA and Zocalo Public Square held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Grand Avenue.

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    Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

    Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and advocates held a press conference ahead of a procedural vote on a bill to repeal federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They talked about the various roles Planned Parenthood filled in the health care of women.

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    Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the details of the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran and its enforcement.

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    Immigration Enforcement

    Family members of murder victims where the accused was in the U.S. illegally testified at a hearing on immigration enforcement. Immigration officials comprised the second group of witnesses. 

    Peter Steinle, whose daughter Kate Steinle was shot and killed on the San Francisco pier earlier in summer 2015, called on Congress to approve legislation to remove undocumented felons from U.S. streets. Police say the gunman had had several previous run-ins with the law and been deported multiple times.

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    Encryption Technology and Terrorism

    FBI Director James Comey testified on new encryption technologies and the challenge the pose to law enforcement and counterterrorism operations. He specifically talked about how ISIS* uses encryption and social media for planning and recruitment. He also addressed addressed the computer glitches experienced by the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal, saying there was no indication of a cyber intrusion. 

    * 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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    70th Anniversary of the United Nations

    Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (D), and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a 70th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the United Nations. The U.N. Charter was signed on June 26, 1945, in San Francisco.

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    Life in the Central Valley of California

    This 1949 educational film documents then abundant water resources in California’s agricultural regions and the use of irrigation to create more farmland.