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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.

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    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    State Department officials Roberta Jacobson and Thomas Shannon testified at a hearing on U.S.-Cuba relations. Topics included policy objectives, human rights, Cuban economic reforms, and what demands the U.S. expected to make of Cuba to return to normal foreign relations. Assistant Secretary Jacobson said having an Ambassador and full diplomatic relations would allow for a bilateral relationship, and help take care of an increasing number of American travelers expected to visit Cuba.

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    Defense Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified about the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. Secretary Carter discussed the negative effects of budget cuts from sequestration and urged for a long-term solution for defense funding. General Dempsey addressed the challenges of creating a humanitarian safe zone in Syria, combating ISIS*, Iran’s nuclear program, Afghanistan operations, and aggression by China and Russia.

    * 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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    Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx testified on the department’s budget request for fiscal year 2016. Topics included the May 2015 expiration of the Highway Trust Fund, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amtrak, maintaining infrastructure, and security needs.

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    Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Markup Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to mark up S. 615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The bill requires that Congress review and approve any agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program. The committee voted unanimously for the bill,

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    Senators Joe Manchin and Dianne Feinstein on Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke to reporters following a closed-door briefing with Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the preliminary framework agreement reached in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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    Federal Law Enforcement Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Requests

    Leaders of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the agencies' fiscal year 2016 budget requests. Topics included stopping human trafficking and the rise in the use of heroin, particularly in the Northeast as well as terrorism threats, cyber-attacks, and financial fraud.

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    Proposed Carbon Dioxide Emission Rules

    Environmental regulation officials from five states testified about their problems and successes dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon dioxide emissions rules for existing power plants.

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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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    U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Terrorists

    Retired General John Allen, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the U.S. strategy and coalition efforts to defeat the militant Islamic group. He told the committee that recruitment of Syrian fighters against ISIL was higher than originally expected. Topics included the terms of President Obama’s formal request for a three-year authorization for military force (AUMF).

    *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.