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It’s another week of manic budget hearings. The highlights are Ashton B. Carter voyaging to both Senate Armed Services and House Appropriations to talk fiscal 2016 authorization and spending bills, respectively. Other topics of budget hearings this week include all four services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the F-35.
Here’s the non-budget hearing stuff — Thursday and Friday are light compared to the rest of the week with the exception of the aforementioned budget hearings, so we’ll leave them out: Full story
Some journalists have questioned the White House about whether administration officials have overhyped a potential terror threat against shopping malls like the Mall of America in Minnesota at the same time it is trying to end a congressional standoff over homeland security funding.
At least some Republicans said Tuesday that they bought the legitimacy of that threat. Full story
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that the wisdom of the Afghanistan troop drawdown being decided based on the calendar rather than events is challenged by the Islamic State group making a showing there. His panel’s top Democrat, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, also said the group’s appearance is worrisome.
The U.S. Army general serving as commander of International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan talked of a potential silver lining. Full story
The family of Kayla Mueller has confirmed her death. The U.S. aid worker had been held captive by the Islamic State group, which claimed she died in a Jordanian air strike, although the U.S. government has not confirmed the manner of her death. She wrote a letter to her family last year, which they released Tuesday. It includes this passage:
I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another…
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has made new claims that the United States-led coalition has shared intelligence with him about its strikes on the Islamic State group inside his country. Sort of. Full story
It’s a slow stretch at the beginning of the week, unless you’re keen on German-U.S. relations, which is a perfectly fine thing to be. (In case you’re wondering about that photo, here you go.) Full story
Ashton Carter gets a full day of congressional interrogation Wednesday, starting this morning, with the Senate Armed Services Committee set to vet his nomination for Defense secretary. He’s already shared some of his views via written answers to the panel’s questions.
Here are his answers to those pre-hearing questions on a number of countries. Full story