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    Use of Military Force Against ISIL

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the use of military force against so-called Islamic State* militants. Secretary Kerry said a new congressional authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against the ISIL should not be limited to Iraq and Syria nor should it bind President Obama from ever deploying ground troops against ISIL if needed.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist Sunni militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Deputy Secretary of State Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to consider President Obama’s nomination of Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken to serve as deputy secretary of state. Topics included the Iran nuclear negotiations and aid for Ukraine and the opposition in Syria.

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    Presidential Power to Combat ISIS

    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke about whether President Obama has the proper authority to carry out military actions against ISIS* militants under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). He said there was “no legal authority sufficient enough to support action in combating ISIS” and that the mission against ISIS was “not covered by wording or intent.” After Senator Kaine’s speech, he took part in a discussion with former Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) and a Harvard law professor. The panelists stressed the importance of congressional action, provided suggestions on the authorization process, and analyzed what constitutes “war” in military interventions. Jim Sciutto moderated. 

    *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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    Virginia Senate Debate

    Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ed Gillespie (R) met in a debate in the Virginia U.S. Senate race. The debate was held at WCVE-TV studios and was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia.

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    Virginia Senate Debate

    Incumbent Senator Mark Warner (D) and his challenger, former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, met in a debate for Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. The debate before Northern Virginia business leaders was held by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and NBC4 at the Capital One bank headquarters. It was sponsored by George Washington University.


    Courtesy of NBC4-TV in Washington, D.C.

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    Virginia 10th Congressional District Debate

    Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust faced off in a debate for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat. Seventeen-term Representative Frank Wolf (R) announced his retirement earlier in the year.

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    Former Senator James Webb on Economic Fairness and Foreign Policy

    Former Senator James Webb (D-VA) talked about economic fairness, foreign policy, and the balance of power between Congress and the president. He said that he was considering running for president in 2016. Afterward, he answered questions submitted from the audience at the National Press Club Luncheon.

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    Congressional Role in Combating Terrorism

    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) talked about the role of Congress in battling ISIL* militants. He urged members of Congress to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities and introduce legislation that would authorize the mission the president outlined while imposing some limits on the military campaign against ISIL, including a sunset provision of one year. After his remarks he responded to questions from Mr. Gude and members of the audience.

    “The Role of Congress in the Fight Against ISIS” was an event of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.


    *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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    U.S. Strategy Against Terrorists

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified at a Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on U.S. strategy for combating the Islamic State* militant group. He had just returned from a trip abroad to build a coalition against ISIL. He said that no country had been asked to put “boots on the ground.” Then in the second panel, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford testified in support of the administration’s plan to aid and arm the moderate Syrian opposition.

    *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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    Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on ISIS Threat

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on President Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS* militants. Secretary Hagel outlined the administration’s approach that includes expanded airstrikes, additional U.S. personnel in Iraq, and training Syrian rebel forces opposed to ISIS. General Dempsey said he supports the president’s strategy but added that if building a coalition fails, his recommendations could include ground forces.

    The hearing was briefly interrupted throughout by protestors.

    Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) spoke with reporters for several minutes after the hearing ended. 

    *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.

    8,845 views