Coronal Loops Over a Sunspot Group

05/22/2015: NASA Image of the Day

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this AIA 171Å channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that ar

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Government at Work - The White House

Press Briefing

05/22/2015: White House Press Briefings

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

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Catching Up with The Curator: The White House Map Room

05/08/2015: White House Video

https://youtu.be/UAu3ySXjh0g

White House Curator, Bill Allman, takes you inside the White House Map Room to tell you how it got its name.

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Weekly Address: Creating Opportunity for All

05/16/2015: President Obama's Weekly Address

https://www.whitehouse.gov/WeeklyAddress/2015/051615-HHDSXP/051615_WeeklyAddress.m4v

In this week’s address, the President highlights the importance of expanding opportunity for all Americans -- a principle that has guided his work throughout the past six years.

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Amendments to H.R. 2029 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

05/28/2015: US House of Reps

To view the amendments to H.R. 2029 that were preprinted in the Congressional Record, please click here

You can also receive live updates on amendments by following us on Twitter, @repcloakroom

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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, March 2015

05/05/2015: Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $51.4 billion in March, up $15.5 billion from $35.9 billion in February, revised. March exports were $187.8 billion, $1.6 billion more than February exports. March imports were $239.2 billion, $17.1 billion more than February imports. Full Text

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Government at Work - Consumer Updates

What FDA Learned About Dark Chocolate and Milk Allergies

05/21/2015: Health Information Update from the Food and Drug Administration

FDA is releasing more information about its study finding that some dark chocolate products contain varying amounts of milk. And you can't always tell that's the case simply by reading the food label.

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Public invited to submit comments on draft environmental impact statement for Tillamook area flood mitigation and habitat restoration project

05/22/2015: FEMA Region 10

BOTHELL, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a public open house on the Southern Flow Corridor Project where the public may ask questions about the project and provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The open house will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Port of Tillamook Bay Officer’s Mess Hall (6825 Officers Row, Tillamook, OR). 

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Ethiopia Travel Alert

05/15/2015: International Travel Alerts

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Ethiopia of the upcoming elections scheduled for May 24, 2015.

U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on June 30, 2015.

The State Department recommends U.S. citizens maintain a high level of security awareness during the electoral period and avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as instances of unrest can occur. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Although there have been no specific incidents of violence targeting U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and stay current with media coverage of local events. Election results are scheduled to be announced June 22, 2015.

During previous elections, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) required all diplomats and international organization staff living in Addis Ababa to receive an official pass from the MFA if they planned to travel outside of Addis Ababa during the election season. While not in effect this election, the U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens to be aware of election sensitivities. We especially recommend avoiding public polling stations on the day of the election, including schools and other public buildings. In Addis Ababa alone there will be nearly 1,600 polling stations – roughly one polling station for every kilometer.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ethiopia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to enroll directly.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel WarningsTravel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Ethiopia. For additional information, refer to the "Traveler's Checklist" on the State Department's website.

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is located at Entoto Street, P.O. Box 1014. The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached by telephone: +251-111-306000 or e-mail at consacs@state.gov, and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +251-111-306911 or 011-130-6000 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

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