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Kerry Blasts Senate on Nominations Hold Up
 

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the Senate’s inability to bring a vote to the floor to fill a number of vacant diplomatic positions is hurting the nation’s efforts against the Islamic State.

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’
 

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on U.S. ISIS Strategy
 

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which follows a prime-time address earlier in the week by President Barack Obama reasserting the administration's plan to defeat the terrorist group.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva are expected to testify.

What You Missed: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday, discussing the United State’s military strategy in Syria and Iraq.

Dunford: US ‘Technically Not at War’ With ISIS
 

Watch Live: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria.

Obama Calls on Russia to Shift Syria Strategy
 

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande held a joint news conference Tuesday, discussing how the two countries will proceed militarily in regard to their efforts to destroy the Islamic State. The two world leaders called upon Russia to shift its military focus to taking down the Islamic State, rather than propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“Given Russia's military capabilities and the influence they have on the Assad regime, them cooperating would be enormously helpful in bringing about resolution of the civil war in Syria, and allow us all to refocus our attention on ISIL,” Obama said.

Ryan: Veto Threat on Refugee Bill 'Baffles Me'
 

Speaker Paul D. Ryan slammed President Barack Obama Thursday for threatening to veto a bill tightening Iraqi and Syrian refugee screening following the terrorist attacks in Paris.