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    Military Operations Against ISIS

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Joseph Dunford testified on U.S. military strategy to combat ISIS* militants in Iraq and Syria. Secretary Carter announced that the U.S. is expanding its special operations force in Iraq and Syria. The specialized expeditionary targeting force will be sent to Iraq to assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces and will also be positioned to conduct unilateral missions in Syria. Secretary Carter stated that this special force will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIS leaders. He also said the U.S. is expanding strikes on ISIS infrastructure and sources of revenue from oil. 

    After the hearing adjourned, Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-TX) answered reporters' questions. 

    * 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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    President Obama News Conference

    President Obama answered reporters' questions in a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. He explained how an agreement would help the economy and expressed confidence that the U.S. wouild lead in climate change targets. He also commented on Russia’s role in Syria, the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Colorado Springs, and securing Turkish borders.

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    House Republican Agenda

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other House Republican leaders spoke to reporters on their party’s legislative agenda following their weekly conference meeting. Speaker Ryan focused votes coming up on the highway and education bills.