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    CIA Intelligence Activities

    CIA Director John Brennan testified at a hearing on his agency’s operations and resources. He called ISIS* in Libya the most dangerous branch of the terror organization. He also outlined some key threats the next president will need to address, including cybersecurity, ISIS, and nuclear proliferation.

    * 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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    Representative Thomas Massie on the Libertarian Movement in 2016

    Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) talked about the future of the libertarian movement and its influence in the 2016 presidential contest.

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    Social Media and Background Checks

    Federal officials testified at a hearing on the possibility of incorporating information from social media into the federal background check system. The federal government was scheduled to start checking social media as part of a background checks for employees seeking security clearance. The new policy would allow the government to seek out public posts on Facebook and other social media, but not ask individuals for their private passwords.

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    Business Tax Policy

    Business representatives and tax experts testified at a hearing on possible changes to the business tax code.

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    Electric Grid Security

    Federal officials and energy industry representatives testified at a hearing on the threat of a cyberattack on the U.S. electric grid. Craig Fugate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, told committee members the federal government needs to address long-term response and planning should the nation’s electrical grid be taken out by a cyber or physical attack for lengthy amounts of time.

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    Cybersecurity and Taxpayer Data

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and officials from the Treasury Department and the Government Accountability Office testified at a hearing on preventing and responding to cyber attacks and how to better protect taxpayers' private information. Commissioner Koskinen told committee members his agency each day fends off more than 1 million malicious attempts to access the IRS main computer systems.