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    Melvin Laird and the U.S. Military

    Panelists talked about Melvin Laird’s time as President Nixon’s defense secretary during the last years of the Vietnam War, and his strategy to position the military for the future. This event by the Historical Office of the Secretary of Defense in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum was to launch Richard Hunt’s book, Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the Post-Vietnam Military, 1969-1973.

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    Work in Retirement

    Experts on aging and health testified on the findings of an AARP study that showed nearly half of retirees either must or want to work during their retirement years. They discussed the needs of older workers and the ways in which employers were changing to accommodate them.

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    Presidential Candidate Jim Webb Meet-and-Greet at the Iowa State Fair

    Following a speech at the Iowa State Fair, Democratic 2016 presidential candidate Jim Webb met with fairgoers.

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    Presidential Candidate Jim Webb at the Iowa State Fair

    Former Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), a candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, spoke at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. He discussed the economy, campaign finance, his military service, and said he supported the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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    Phone Scams Against the Elderly

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on the increase in the number of unwanted telephone calls, often pressure-laden scams, targeting the elderly. These types of calls had increased, despite the enactment of laws allowing consumers to opt out of unsolicited telephone marketing calls. Witnesses included a telephone scam victim who displayed a log of telephone calls that she had received, a Federal Trade Commission marketing regulator, a state official, and a computer science and networking expert who said criminals were frequently outsmarting anti-scam technologies. Senator Collins demonstrated how caller identification could be falsified by having a staff member make a call with a “spoofed” identification.

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    Iran Nuclear Agreement Sanctions Relief

    State and Treasury Department officials and academics testified at a hearing on the foreign policy implications of lifting sanctions on Iran in accordance with the Iran nuclear agreement. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman in her testimony said that she understands congressional members' concerns over not seeing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreement but stressed that she would brief them on its contents in a classified session.

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    Chief of Naval Operations Confirmation Hearing

    Navy Admiral John Richardson gave testimony on his nomination to become chief of naval operations. During his testimony he said that there were alternatives to the Iran nuclear deal other than war.

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    Democratic Review of the Senate

    Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke to reporters to review the past seven months of Republican control of the Senate. Among their criticisms they claimed the Republican majority had prioritized special interest giveaways over the struggles of the middle class, attempted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, and allowed key PATRIOT Act programs to lapse. The senators said that in comparison to the previous eight years in Democratic hands, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his leadership team had been ineffective.

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    Iran Sanctions and the Nuclear Agreement

    Juan Zarate and Richard Nephew testified on the structure and implications of sanctions relief to Iran through the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Mr. Zarate served in the George W. Bush administration, and Mr. Nephew in 2013 and 2014 was the lead sanctions adviser for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran. They discussed concerns of increased funding of terror groups by Iran, the snapback provisions that would re-impose economic sanctions if Iran violates the deal, and the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in monitoring Iranian compliance.