ICYMI: C-SPAN Programming Highlights
by chillyard

Missed programs on the C-SPAN networks over the past few days and want to watch the archived video?

Here are some events from the week:

On Monday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts for actions he took to defend his company’s outpost in Wanat, Afghanistan against Taliban militants on July 13, 2008.

On Tuesday, Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, testified at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, where he pledged to address systematic failures in the VA medical system. The committee confirmed his nomination Wednesday in a 14-0 vote.

The U.N. Security Council met Tuesday to discuss the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza. The meeting included statements from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, representatives of Israel and Palestine, and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.

The U.N. Security Council also held a meeting Tuesday on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. You can also watch statements from the ambassadors of Ukraine and the Netherlands here.

On Wednesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified about the ongoing investigation into the alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and lost emails belonging to former official Lois Lerner. He also spoke to reporters following the hearing about the possibility of recovering these messages.

And finally, in a briefing with reporters Wednesday, State Department Deputy Spokesman Marie Harf responded to Senator Ted Cruz's (R-TX) threats to hold up State Department nominees over the FAA's decision to ban flights to Tel Aviv, calling his plan "ridiculous and offensive."