House Speaker Boehner, R-Ohio, says he wants new Obama administration strategy to fight Islamic State; State Department's Marie Harf says they have a strategy they believe is the right 1 - @ChadPergram
Senate Appropriations Committee passes $163.7 billion spending plan for Veterans Affairs 2016 spending, largely along party lines and $850 million less than White House request; members still amending proposal - @LeoShane (corrected for clarity)
President Obama's statement on passing of B.B. King: 'The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper's son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn't expected that I'd be talked into singing a few lines of 'Sweet Home Chicago' with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn't do - but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there's going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight'
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