NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Ready for Jan. 29 Launch

01/28/2015: NASA Image of the Day

The sun sets behind Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) with the Delta II rocket and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory protected by the service structure on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. SMAP is NASA’s first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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President Obama Weekly Address: Focused on the Fight Against Ebola

10/25/2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- In this week's address, the President discussed the measures we are taking to respond to Ebola cases at home, while containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa. This week we continued to focus on domestic preparedness, with the creation of new CDC guidelines and the announcement of new travel measures ensuring all travelers from the three affected countries are directed to and screened at one of five airports. The President emphasized that it's important to follow the facts, rather than fear, as New Yorkers did yesterday when they stuck to their daily routine. Ebola is not an easily transmitted disease, and America is leading the world in the fight to stamp it out in West Africa.

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Democratic Party Platform

COUNTERING EMERGING THREATS

January 28, 2015, Wednesday 10:09 a.m.

Issue - Public Safety

As we have taken decisive steps to address today's dangers from terrorism and to prevent future nuclear proliferation, we have also sought to bolster homeland security and head off emerging challenges, ranging from cyber and biological threats to climate change and transnational crime.

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Republican Party Platform

Tax Relief to Grow the Economy and Create Jobs

January 28, 2015, Wednesday 10:09 a.m.

Issue - Taxes & Spending

Taxes, by their very nature, reduce a citizen's freedom. Their proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution, such as national security, and the care of those who cannot care for themselves. We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.

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Libertarian Party Platform

2.9 Health Care

January 28, 2015, Wednesday 10:09 a.m.

Issue - Health

We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

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ENERGY STAR Day: The Power of the Little Blue Label

10/28/2014

Let's start with a few numbers:
$300 billion in savings. That's how much consumers and businesses have saved on utility bills in the last 22 years because of the ENERGY STAR program.

Two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided, or the equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 420 million cars, over the last 22 years. Thanks to our little blue ENERGY STAR label, folks are doing their part to reduce their greenhouse emissions and combat climate change.

Since President Obama took office, ENERGY STAR has helped American consumers and businesses save over one billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and approximately $110 billion on their utility bills.
That's one powerful little label.

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Federal Reserve Announces End of Quantitative Easing

10/29/2014

The Committee judges that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market since the inception of its current asset purchase program. Moreover, the Committee continues to see sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing progress toward maximum employment in a context of price stability. Accordingly, the Committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. This policy, by keeping the Committee's holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.

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Recap of President Obama's Week

West Wing Week 11/07/14

11/07/2014

This week, the President urged Congress to support his policies to help women and working families succeed, awarded the Medal of Honor to a heroic Civil War veteran, invited military families to a concert on the South Lawn, and, of course, greeted trick-or-treaters on Halloween. That's October 31st to November 6th or, "I'm Uncle Barack."

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