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    Foreign Relations Legislation Markup

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to mark up a bill that would authorize limited military force against ISIS for three years. It also permits the use of ground forces in certain situations such as…

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    Use of Military Force Against ISIL

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the use of military force against so-called Islamic State* militants. Secretary Kerry said a new…

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    Deputy Secretary of State Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to consider President Obama’s nomination of Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken to serve as deputy secretary of state. Topics…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate was in a period of morning business, with senators allowed to speak on a variety of topics. Earlier, Senators voted on a series of judicial and executive nominations.

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    Senator Ron Johnson on Lame-Duck Congressional Agenda

    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked about lame-duck congressional agenda. Topics included National Security…

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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…

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    Police Use of Military Equipment

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the sale of Department of Defense weapons and equipment to state and local police forces.

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    Cyber Security and Terrorism Threats

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on global cyber terrorism as well as other U.S. security threats such as ISIL*, Syrian foreign…

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    Extreme Weather Preparedness

    Witnesses testified on the impact at the federal and state level of extreme weather conditions that many parts of the country were experiencing. Among the topics they addressed were…

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    Cell Phones and Consumer Protection

    Witnesses testified about the practice of “cramming” wireless phone bills, in which consumers are charged for unauthorized third-party services. Terrell McSweeny, commissioner at the Federal…

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    Student Loan Debt

    Witnesses testified on student loan debt and its effects on borrowers, career choice, and the economy. Brittany Jones talked about her struggles with student loan debt impeded her desire to…

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    Caterpillar's Offshore Tax Strategies

    Law professors, tax experts, and executives from Caterpillar testified on the offshore tax strategies of the Peoria, Illinois, manufacturing company. In his opening remarks Subcommittee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI)…

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    Online Advertising and Consumer Security

    Witnesses testified at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations hearing on online advertising and its impact on consumer security and data privacy.…

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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…

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    Iraq Violence and Politics

    State and Defense Department officials, a former CIA analyst, and a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq testified about the dominance of the militant group ISIS* in ongoing violence and…

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    Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Witnesses testified on the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. State and Justice Department official spoke about the economic hardships and…

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    Border Security

    Officials from the Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Justice, and State Departments testified on actions their agencies were taking in response to the influx of unaccompanied…

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    European Energy Reliance on Russia

    State Department officials and scholars testified at a hearing on Europe’s energy reliance on Russia. Other topics included U.S. and EU roles in strengthening Ukraine and helping it…

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    Defense Department Financial Management

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about improving financial management at the Department of Defense. Military officials from the…

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    High-Speed Stock Transactions and Insider Trading

    Witnesses testified on stock market conflicts of interest in high-frequency trading practices, and their impact on consumer confidence. Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) in his opening statement outlined…

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