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own contributions to the great legacy of american aviation and american aerospace. but you won't just be defined by those contributions. one day it's going to be your turn to give back and to help cultivate a new crop of risk takers. i guarantee you, some bright kid someday is going to call you up for advice, and you may be too busy. you're going to wonder what you could possibly say to them that they would find useful. take that call anyway. because that conversation will have the potential to change someone's life. and that is how you build your legacy in this industry. by taking risks, by pursuing work that matters and to help the next generation do more than
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you could ever dream of. so congratulations to the class of 2016 and welcome to this industry. [applause] >> california senator barbara boxer told the graduates of the university of california-berkeley's school of politics to be resilient in the face of criticism. the democratic lawmaker, who announced in january her plans to retire after serving more than 30 years in congress, also talked about her own future beyond elected office. this is ten minutes. [applause] >> thank you so much, professor. and i am so sorry about that internship. [laughter] but remember, jennifer lawrence did not win "american idol," is so we all make mistakes, and i apologize. and my staff is here, and they're going to get an earful too. [laughter]
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but what a wonderful welcome, and i want to say to all the faculty, the parents, the friends, it's wonderful you're here, and most of all i want to say congratulations to the uc berkeley political science class of 2016! [cheers and applause] fantastic. [applause] congratulations, you did it. no more late nights at doe or moffitt be libraries, no more last minute cramming for your last poly-sci final. it's over, folks, no more. today you can finally celebrate. but right now there's only one thing standing between you and your hard-earned diploma, and that's me. [laughter] so i get it. and despite being united states senator, i promise you not to filly busker. [laughter] filibuster. because this is your day. you earned it. you studied, yes? let's do a little bit of -- yeah.
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[laughter] you focused -- >> yes. >> you learned -- >> yes. >> you worked -- >> yes. >> and you managed to do all that and live your lives -- [laughter] you started relationships, you started relationships, and you ended relationships. [laughter] somebody's really happy about that break-up. [laughter] i could tell that. [applause] you missed your family, but you enjoyed being away from your family. [laughter] you ate healthy and you exercised -- [laughter] well, that's debatable. [laughter] but then you squandered all that good work at top dog and kingpin doughnuts -- [cheers and applause] you balanced your budget -- [laughter] and on occasion you busted your budget, right?
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i think you are the very definition of the word "survivor." well, i'm a survivor too. i have survived 40 years in elected office. 40 years in elected office. [applause] yeah. oh, my god. thank you for supporting me, most of you, to get that done. [laughter] but like you, i've managed to enjoy living my real life and, and a lot of my real life is here today. you were introduced to my son and his family, my husband, stuart, is here. we're going to celebrate 55 years of marriage very soon -- [cheers and applause] wow. of course, when you take time away that i was in all those planes, it's only 25 years -- [laughter] but it's still fabulous. and more than 20 years ago as the professor stated, i had the honor of peeking to another class -- speaking to another class of uc berkeley graduates.
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doug was one of those graduates. he got his degree in, and i quote, the political economy of an industrialized society. that was his degree. the political economy of an industrialized society. well, my husband and i were very impressed, but we did have one parental concern: just who exactly cannot wait to hire someone with a degree in the political economy of an industrialized society? [laughter] after many hours of deep discussion and drawing, frankly, a total blank, we realized this was only one answer, law school. [laughter] by a show of hands, how many of you are thinking about going to law schoolsome show of hands -- law school. you can be proud. higher. how many of you are thinking about careers in public service? maybe working for a state senator, member of congress?
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well, i hope you do. because we could use you in public service which as a career i can attest to is fascinating, frustrating and at times extremely rewarding. i decided to write about it over the past three years. i'm excited to tell you that my memoir will be released at the end of the month. it's called "the art of tough," and i have the battle scars to prove it. and i can tell you that you'll have to learn to be tough in your life regardless of your career choice. now, people are going to try to dissuade you from your dreams. people will try to scare you into silence and onto the sidelines. people will try to make you doubt your resolve, even doubt yourself. but if you master the art of tough, you will win the day. now, let me be clear, the art of tough doesn't mean being a bully or being obnoxious. we've seen some of that in
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politics, haven't we? what it means is being smart, doing the right thing, not being afraid to the step up even when you are called every name in the book, and i have been, and i can attest to it. for example, one day i woke up and i heard on the radio someone say this about me: please do not applaud after i tell you what they said. [laughter] they said -- i trust you. they said barbara boxer is a great candidate for the democratic party female and learning disabled. okay? that's what they said about me. someone else wrote this: barbara boxer is quite possibly the biggest dufus ever to enter the senate chambers. and you would not believe what they said about me when i spoke out against the iraq war. some even called for my resignation.
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when i was one of the few standing up for gay marriage and when i stood alone protesting the impossibly long lines during the 2004 election in ohio, one senator speaking on the senate floor said this. he said, barbara boxer is driving herself further toward the political fringe with the long grass already tickling her knees. well, i'm happy to tell you that guy lost his race the next time, and i got elected. that was good. [cheers and applause] that was good. but here's the thing. when you are attacked for something you deeply believe in, you need to wear those attacks as a badge of honor. if you know that you're doing the right thing, you simply have to do it. now, when i was a kid, there were no women in politics to peek of. but -- to speak of. but as i grew older, i saw things in the world that made no
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sense to me, just like you see things in the world that make no sense to you x. perhaps that is why you chose this major, to change things for the better. i saw a war that made no sense to me. the vietnam war. i saw racism that made no sense to me. the great baseball player, jackie robin robinson, being booed and attacked because of his skin color. i saw women being treated less than equal and having no say over their reproductive health care. i saw all these things happening, and i knew i had to take a risk, and i hope you are ready to take a risk too. are you? are you ready to do that? [cheers and applause] now, you know it's an election year. you can't miss it. you hear those cynical voices. people who say there are no, there's no difference between candidates. well, you're political science major, and you're graduates now,
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and you know better. you know because you have a sense of history. if people in the '60s had said why bother voting, we would never have passed the civil rights act and the voting rights act. if people had sat out the election eight years ago, we never would have elected the first african-american president in our nation's history. [applause] well -- yes. this year every issue is at stake, women's rights, voting rights, civil rights, income inequality, the environment, our country's security all is at stake. so we need your energy and your voice in this debate. when you hear a presidential candidate say 11 million immigrants should be deported or that we should ban muslims from entering the country, if you disagree with that, you need to speak up and speak out. [applause] with a clear voice. [cheers and applause] when you hear someone say that climate change is a hoax, you
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need to speak up with a clear voice if you disagree. when you hear states like north carolina discriminating against the lgbt community, if you disagree, you must speak out. [cheers and applause] and when you hear people say, oh, there's no student loan crisis, you know they're wrong. you must peek out if you disagree -- speak out if you disagree. i could go on and on, but you don't want me to, so i'll skip to the next part of my speech. you have a college degree from one of greatest universities in the country. you know how to think, you know how to write, you know how to speak. in short, every single one of you, you now have the tools to be a leader. you have no excuses to shrink from what you know is right. and i know you're aware you did not get here alone. and so one more time, let's hear
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it for your family and friends who are out here cheering you on. [applause] and let's hear it for your professor who are out here cheering you on. [cheers and applause] so now i'm about to get to the two words everyone loves to hear senators say: in closing. [laughter] i have been so lucky in my life because of you and the people of this great state. i've been able to work on my passions for 40 years. and i don't intend to retire from the work that i love. i'll just be doing it from california, not on those long flights. but now it is your time to focus on your passion. it is your time to employ the art of tough. and it's not going to be easy. there'll be times when you wonder why you decided to speak up. you're at a party, you're at an event. everyone is echoing the next one, and you say, you know what? i don't think that's right.
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and you'll wonder later why did i bother. there'll be times when you want to pull the covers over your head and just give up. but you know better because you have this degree almost in your hand. you want to make the world a better place, it starts with you. part of mastering the art of tough is ignoring the nay naysa, following your passions. so that's what i want to say. don't be afraid ever to do what you believe in, to take the risks. be thankful to your family, to your friends, to your professors. never forget them, because they will be cheering you on and so will i. so i ask everyone to join me in a raucous ovation for our graduates, the berkeley political science class of 2016, bo bears! [cheers and applause] fabulous. congratulations. [cheers and applause]
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>> the senate is about to gale in this morning -- gavel in for a brief pro forma session. members are in a district work period this week for the memorial day holiday. legislative business resumes next monday at 2 p.m. eastern. and now to live coverage of the senate. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the clerk will read to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., may 31, 2016. to the senate, under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3 of the standing rules of the senate i appoint the honorable bill cassidy, a senator from the state of louisiana, to perform the duties of the chair. signed orrin g. hatch, president pro tempore. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate stands adjourned until 1:00 p.m. stands adjourned until 1:00 p.m.
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testified on ways to combat the u.s. and abroad in a recent hearing on capitol hill. they spoke to lawmakers about
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strengthening the visa waiver program and preventing certain individuals from becoming radicalized by online propaganda. this is just under two hours. >> this hearing will come to border. i want to welcome our witnesses. thank you for taking the time to be here today and for submitting your thoughtful testimony. we are looking forward to the answers to our questions. when i took over as chairman of this committee, working with senator carper -- >> it was a bloodless coup. >> is looking good having traveled to vietnam and just getting back yesterday. a good nights sleep. appreciate that. one of the first things we do is
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develop the mission statement to enhance the economic national security of america. the homeland security said that the committee established for basic priorities. order security. we feel 18 hearings on some aspect of our unsecure border. cybersecurity. we passed the federal cybersecurity enhancement act of a good measure. protecting our critical interest lecture them are particularly terror attack on a cyberattack from emp mgm v. finally, what can we do as a nation to protect our homeland against islamic terrorists another violent extremists. the hearing is about the last priority, addressing islamic terror and trying to secure our homeland and keep it safe. not an easy task. every last one of these hearings goal is primarily to layout of reality as best we can so that we can identify, find the
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problem and it happened so we can work towards some common sense solutions, recognizing in this realm the solutions are very, very difficult and they will take quite some time to finally defeat the islamic terror. i just want to layout a couple couple facts developed by staff, recognizing these are estimates. there's nothing hard and fast, but it gives us some indication of what we are dealing with when we talk about isis. apparently, the monthly revenues have dropped from 80 million per month, less than a billion dollars per year to about $56 million per month. still some pretty significant revenue in significant revenue in the hands of our bearing. there have been 12 cases of confirmed use of mustard agent doa suspect did in syria and iraq that are concerned everybody. more than 400 -- 42,900 foreign fighters have entered the
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conflict zone. about 7400 westerners. isis eyestrain 400 fighters to target fighters to target europe with its external operation and at least eight other foreign fighters returning from syria with the same network in the paris attacks, brussels attacks, the same behind the paris attacks in the brussels suicide bombings. in total 162 victims. 1.8 million illegal border crossings into the european union in 2015. 1.8 million. the previous year in 2014 there were 280,000. you can just see as things degrade in syria and iraq, that is putting enormous pressure on the european union states. isis has 43 affiliates according to some reports and supporting groups globally. the

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