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    Secretary Kerry on U.S. Strategy Against Terrorists

    Secretary John Kerry testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on President Obama’s announced strategy for battling Islamic State* militants in Syria and Iraq. He announced that France would also be conducting airstrikes in Iraq. After the hearing Secretary Kerry was heard talking to members of the audience. 

    *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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    Islamic State Congressional Briefing Stakeout

    Congressmen lawmakers spoke with reporters and responded to questions following a closed-door briefing on President Obama’s plan to deal with the threat of ISIL* militants to U.S. interests at home and abroad.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist Sunni militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

    Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) talked about the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act and the potential for a terrorist attack that could cause an electrical grid blackout.

    C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines at the conclusion of the program.

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    Medicare Oversight

    Nancy Griswold from the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals (OMHA) testified about the Medicare appeals process and the backlog of appeal claims. She discussed the steps her office had taken to address those problems. At the time of the hearing, OMHA had a backlog of 460,000 Medicare appeal claims waiting to be heard by administrative law judges.

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    Border Security Technology

    Witnesses testified at a House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee joint hearing on surveillance technologies that could help secure the U.S. border with Mexico. They talked about the Department of Homeland Security’s use of border security technology and offered recommendations to the department for improving its research and technology efforts.

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    Environmental Regulations and Small Businesses

    Bob Perciasepe testified on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its potential effects on small businesses.

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    Ambassador Nominations

    John Tefft and Donald Heflin testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about their qualifications to represent the U.S. as ambassadors to Russia and Cape Verde respectively. The committee also heard from the nominees to be ambassadors to Costa Rica, Botswana, Finland, and Brunei, and the deputy U.N. ambassador.

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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Obama administration officials and academics testified on the status of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and five other global powers (P5+1) with Iran. A July 20th, 2014, deadline to reach a deal had recently been extended by four months. The hearing included a Treasury Department update on the ongoing sanctions against Iran, and the views of former Obama and George W. Bush administration advisers.

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    Immigration Services Oversight

    Leon Rodriguez testified about Citizenship and Immigration Services policies regarding deportation, immigration benefits, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. The hearing was held in an effort to better deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America who were crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Among other topics Mr. Rodriguez answered questions on were the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, E-Verify, prosecutorial discretion, and the “credible fear” asylum interview process.