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    U.S. Role in the World, Panel 1

    Three freshman members of the House of Representatives who were serving on the House Armed Services Committee talked about their views on military funding and foreign policy in a panel discussion moderated by Bill Kristol.

    “Rising Leaders in National Security” was the first panel of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) 2015 Forum “The Strength to Lead.” The day-long forum on America’s role in the world and the national security challenges the country faces across the globe was held in the Newseum.

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    Defense Department Cyber Strategies

    Pentagon officials testified at a hearing on Defense Department efforts to combat cybersecurity threats. Other topics included Russian airstrikes in Syria and the potential negative impact of another government shutdown.

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    Planned Parenthood Funding

    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republican committee members criticized the non-profit organization that provides reproductive health and maternal and child health services for its use of government funding.

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    Homeland Security Committee Foreign Fighter Task Force Report

    Members of the House Homeland Security Committee’s bipartisan Foreign Fighter Task Force released their final report that shows serious security weaknesses, particularly in Europe. The report indicated that there was a lack of strategy for stopping Americans who seek to travel to Syria to join *ISIL. Members talked about their findings and implications for U.S. national security.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    EPA Toxic River Spill

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified on the toxic river spill caused by the EPA and one of its contractors near the shuttered Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. The rupture released 3 million gallons of waste water from the mine into the Animas River and contained lead, arsenic, and cadmium.

    Administrator McCarthy said her agency takes full responsibility for the incident and was waiting for independent review by the Interior Department. Other witnesses included officials from Colorado and New Mexico environment departments and other local officials affected by the spill.

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    Campus Sexual Assaults

    School administrators and policy experts testified at a hearing on combating sexual assaults on college campuses. One of the topics discussed centered on whether cases should be handled by the university or outside law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

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    International Space Station Research

    Astronauts Mark Kelly and Terry Virts talked about ongoing NASA missions and research, and cooperation with other countries including a possible 2030 Mars mission. Mr. Kelly also discussed NASA’s year-long study of himself and his identical twin and fellow astronaut Scott Kelly, who participated by videolink from the International Space Station. They responded to questions submitted by members of the audience at the National Press Club newsmaker breakfast

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    Representative Martha McSally on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, talked about issues facing Congress, including the House debate over a disapproval resolution on the Iran nuclear agreement. She also spoke briefly about her career as an Air Force fighter pilot, and the role of women in the military.

    At the conclusion of the program an interview was shown with Roll Call editor and columnist Rebecca Gale in which she talked about 1978 the murder in Guyana of former Representative Leo Ryan (D-CA) in the Jonestown Massacre. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), who was an aide to Representative Ryan at the time was shot five times. The clip was part of several “Washington Journal” interviews with Roll Call writer and editors in honor of the Capitol Hill publication’s 60th anniversary.

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    Tea Party Rally Against the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Groups including the Tea Party Patriots held a “Stop the Iran Deal Rally” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement. Republican presidential candidates Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were the featured speakers. Other congressional members also rallied the crowd against the deal.