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    Islamic Extremism Threat

    Witnesses testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by Islamic extremism and possible U.S. foreign policy implications. Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, called for a more aggressive strategy to combat ISIS*, saying, “We are at war with violent and extreme Islamists, and we must accept that.”

    * 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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    Book Discussion on Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis

    Mr. Pisano and Mr. van der Linden talked about their book Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Mr. Pisano presented a short biography of Lindbergh, the first person to pilot a nonstop transatlantic flight, from New York to Paris on May 20, 1927. He sketched his life as an obscure pilot to his famous flight across the Atlantic, his work for aviation, and the problems of celebrity. He touched on the complexities of his life, including controversies such as Lindbergh’s sympathetic stance towards the Nazis nad his anti-Semitic public statements, and his efforts to re-join the Army Air Corps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and his later philosophy. Mr. van der Linden gave a detailed description of The Spirit of St. Louis, the plane which Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic. His presentation was accompanied by slides. Both authors answered questions following their remarks.