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    U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Joseph Dunford testified at a hearing on operations against ISIL,* including the Obama administration decision to deploy 250 additional troops to Syria. Secretary Carter said that as the U.S. was continuing to battle ISIL in Syria and Iraq, he had been becoming increasingly concerned about the political and economic challenges each country was facing. 

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    State Department Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

    State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officials testified at a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on the United State’s human rights and diplomatic priorities and programs included in the State Department budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. They identified Central America, Haiti, Cuba, and Turkey as some of the places in the most need of assistance.

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    Confirmation Hearing for Generals Curtis Scaparrotti and Lori Robinson

    General Curtis Scaparrotti, nominated to be commander of U.S. European Command, and General Lori Robinson, nominated to be commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, testified at their confirmation hearing. They answered questions on drug trafficking, Russian aggression. combating ISIS,* NATO operations, and Afghanistan troops levels. 

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Sexual Abuse and U.N. Peacekeeping

    Current U.S. representatives to the United Nations and a former U.N. diplomat-turned-whistleblower were among the witnesses at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on allegations of sexual abuse of civilians by U.N. peacekeeping forces in various conflict zones around the world. They responded to questions on the nature, extent, and cover up of such abuse, as well as U.S.-led efforts to combat it.

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    Newsmakers with Senator Mark Warner

    Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) talked about a variety of issues, including a proposed digital security commission to investigate encryption issues, safety and funding of public transportation systems, and the budget process. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Semiannual Report

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray testified about his agency’s semiannual report. Mr. Cordray also addressed the agency’s creation, mission, and enforcement actions taken thus far to protect consumers. Prior to Mr. Cordray’s testimony the committee also voted on some of President Obama’s financial nominees.

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    Army Force Posture and Readiness

    Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley testified at a hearing on worldwide threats and challenges facing the U.S. Army, as well as the military branch’s operations and structure. General Milley said due to low troop readiness levels the U.S. is at “high military risk” with emerging threats and high power conflicts. He also provided an update on the military operations in Iraq saying the U.S. is making progress against ISIS* but not yet winning. Other topics included defense modernization, deterring Russian aggression, women in combat, and the fiscal year 2017 defense budget request. 

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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