At Tranquility Base

07/20/2018: NASA Image of the Day

Forty-nine years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.

Government at Work - The White House

1/17/17: White House Press Briefing

01/17/2017: White House Press Briefings

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

A Gem from the Archive: Happy Birthday, POTUS!

08/04/2016: White House Video

https://youtu.be/0TEDzAkM8Ps

The President meets with the summer interns of 2009 at the White House, and they surprise him with a birthday serenade and card. His parting words to them are, "The American people are waiting for you, they are ready for your leadership."

Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President

01/14/2017: President Obama's Weekly Address

President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.

Government at Work - Today

Weekly Schedule

06/28/2019: US House of Reps

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 2018
The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

MONDAY JULY 2, 2018
The House will not be in session.

TUESDAY JULY 3, 2018
The House will meet at 11:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

WEDNESDAY JULY 4, 2018
The House will not be in session.

THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018
The House will not be in session. 

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018

The House will meet at 10:30 a.m. in a pro forma session. No votes are expected.

Government at Work - Alerts

Hypertensive Kids (A Cup of Health with CDC)

07/12/2018: A Cup of Health with CDC

https://tools.cdc.gov/podcasts/download.mp3?m=302086&c=381913&e=6341827

We usually think of hypertension, or high blood pressure, as a problem for adults, but it can begin in childhood. When it does, it can result in serious health problems later in life. In this podcast, Dr. Sandra Jackson discusses the dangers of hypertension in adolescents.

Disaster Recovery/SBA Loan Outreach Centers Will Close For the Holiday

12/21/2017: FEMA Region 9

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend.

The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28.

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Europe Travel Alert

11/16/2017: International Travel Alerts

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. 

Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. Last year, mass casualty attacks occurred at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany in December and a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey on New Year’s Eve. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an emergency plan of action ready.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

For further information:

Government at Work - Archives

Weekly Schedule

06/28/2019: US House of Reps

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 2018
The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

MONDAY JULY 2, 2018
The House will not be in session.

TUESDAY JULY 3, 2018
The House will meet at 11:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

WEDNESDAY JULY 4, 2018
The House will not be in session.

THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018
The House will not be in session. 

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018

The House will meet at 10:30 a.m. in a pro forma session. No votes are expected.

The Santillana Codes

11/27/2017: Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Hazel Ceron, external relations intern with the Law Library of Congress. On October 26th, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, the Embassy of Tunisia, and the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED), hosted a book talk on The Santillana […]

Government at Work - Issues

This Week at State: July 20, 2018

07/20/2018: State Department Blog

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Department of State Promotes Protection of Sea Turtles by Certifying Shrimp-Harvesting Nations and Economies

06/08/2018: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 8, 2018


Each year the Department of State helps protect sea turtles around the world by certifying to Congress that the governments and authorities of shrimp-harvesting nations and economies have programs in place to reduce the incidental taking of sea turtles in shrimp trawl fisheries. For 2018, the Department of State certified 39 nations and one economy, and granted determinations for nine fisheries as having adequate measures in place to protect sea turtles during the course of commercial shrimp fishing. This permits the importation of their wild-caught shrimp into the United States pursuant to Section 609 of Public Law 101-162 (“Section 609”).

Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles are considered endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The United States Government is currently providing technology and capacity-building assistance to other nations, in the hope they can contribute to the recovery of sea turtle species and become certified under Section 609. The United States also encourages enactment of similar legislation by other nations to prevent the importation of shrimp harvested in a manner harmful to protected sea turtles.

Section 609 prohibits the importation of wild-caught shrimp and products from shrimp harvested in ways that may adversely affect sea turtles unless the Department of State certifies to Congress that (1) the government or authorities of the harvesting nation or economy has adopted a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States to reduce the incidental taking of sea turtles in its shrimp trawl fisheries, such as through the use of turtle excluder devices (“TEDs”), or (2) the particular fishing environment of the harvesting nation or economy does not pose a danger to sea turtles. If properly designed, built, installed, used, and maintained, TEDs allow 97% of sea turtles to escape the shrimp net without appreciable loss of shrimp.

The annual certifications are based in part on the results of overseas verification visits by a team of Department of State and National Marine Fisheries Service representatives. For more information on the Certification to Congress, please see the latest “Annual Certification of Shrimp-Harvesting Nations” at https://www.federalregister.gov. For more information on United States government sea turtle conservation efforts, please visit www.state.gov/e/oes/ocns/fish/seaturtles/index.htm, www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sea-turtles, and www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/marine-turtle-conservation-fund.html. For further information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov.

Seventh Mississippi Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Rig Bids At Public Foreclosure Auctions

07/18/2018: Department of Justice Antitrust

“The Division remains committed to holding accountable those who violate the antitrust laws, including real estate investors who take advantage of financial distress to line their own pockets,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.  “Today’s plea, along with the convictions of well over 100 other individuals who rigged foreclosure auctions all across the country, demonstrates that individual accountability remains a top priority for the Division.”