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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Witnesses testified at Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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    Iraq Violence and Politics

    State and Defense Department officials, a former CIA analyst, and a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq testified about the dominance of the militant group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in ongoing violence and terrorism in Iraq. Brett McGurk told the committee that the situation in Iraq was extremely serious, and that ISIS was no longer just a terrorist organization but a full-blown army. 

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    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified n the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. In June 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants through a state-federal partnership, and required fossil fuel-burning plants to identify the best and cheapest way to reduce pollution.

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    Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Witnesses testified on the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. State and Justice Department official spoke about the economic hardships and violence driving children out of their countries. Several Republicans on the committee blamed President Obama’s policies for the problem, including his 2012 move to halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants. Democrats and the panelists cited the lack of a cohesive immigration policy, and the violence and economic hardships in Central American countries.

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    General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Dispute resolution attorney Kenneth Feinberg and executives from General Motors (GM) and one of its suppliers testified on the automaker’s delayed ignition switch recall and its corporate culture. GM CEO Mary Barra defended Michael Millikin, the company’s general counsel, as Senator Claire McCaskill called for his departure.

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    Senator Feinstein on Malaysia Airlines Crash

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke to reporters following a closed-door briefing on the Malaysian airliner shot down that day in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

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    Emergency Funding for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Witnesses testified on President Obama’s request for emergency funds to deal with the flood of migrant children from Central America at the U.S. border. The respective secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, Jeh Johnson and Syvlia Burwell, defended the request, acknowledging that while the amount was very large, the funds were needed to address the current problem as well as to stem it in the future. Secretary Johnson said returning more people back quickly would a send strong message of deterrence, and that the supplemental would help in expediting cases.

    After the hearing gaveled out, Chair Mikulski spoke briefly with reporters.

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    E-Cigarette Marketing

    Industry representatives and anti-tobacco advocates testified on e-cigarette marketing practices designed to appeal to children. In addition, the hearing also focused on the health effects of exposure to e-cigarettes.

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    Climate Change Issues

    Four former Republican Environmental Protection Agency administrators were among the witnesses at a hearing on efforts to address global climate change. The former administrators, invited by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), supported efforts to address climate change. The final three witnesses, invited by Republican members of the committee, opposed efforts to address climate change. Christine Todd Whitman stated she was tired of the talk over the EPA’s authority to regulate, saying the Supreme Court had settled the issue.

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    Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chair General Martin Dempsey testified about the fiscal year 2015 defense budget request. They answered questions about the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, troop readiness, medical care for service members and veterans, and the effects of potential sequestrations.