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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.

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    Financial Regulatory System

    Leaders of federal financial agencies testified on the status of the the rulemaking finalization process and reform policies included in the Dodd-Frank financial regulations law.

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    National Alliance on Mental Illness Annual Convention

    Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and other mental health advocates made opening remarks at the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s 2014 annual national convention. The opening plenary session focused on mental health care reform and legislation

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    Clean Power Plan, Afternoon Session

    The Environmental Protection Agency held the first in a series of public hearings on its proposed Clean Power Plan. The plan would cut carbon pollution from existing fossil-fuel power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

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    Virginia Senate Debate

    Virginia Senate candidates incumbent Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie debated various campaign issues, including same-sex marriage, immigration, the Affordable Care Act, and employer-sponsored contraception. The debate was moderated by Judy Woodruff and took place at The Greenbrier. It was sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association and PBS NewsHour.

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    Private Student Loans

    Witnesses testified on private student loans, including current levels of debt, options borrowers have to modify loans, and the legal framework. One of the panelists told the committee that tuition has risen 1,100 percent since 1980, four times the rate of inflation.