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    ISIS Terrorist Threat

    Former Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, former Marine Corps General Jim Mattis, and Dafna Rand testified on the ISIS* terrorist threat to the U.S. and other countries, and the stability of the Middle East. General Mattis was the head of military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia from 2010-13, and Ms. Rand served as a Middle East and North Africa staffer under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Crocker in his opening statement said that the key to a successful campaign in combating ISIS is “sustained, determined American leadership” and that without it any coalition of allies would fail. The panelists also told the committee that ground forces should not be ruled out as a necessary option for defeating ISIS. 

    *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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    IRS Targeting Investigation

    Lois Lerner, former director of Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights for a second time before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. During a May 22, 2013, hearing, she invoked for the first time her rights to refuse to testify after her opening statement. After Ms. Lerner refused to answer questions, Committee Chair Issa immediately adjourned the hearing, setting off a testy exchange with Ranking Member Cummings who wanted to make a statement.