Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot

10/20/2017: NASA Image of the Day

This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC 2623 — or Arp 243 — and is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab).

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

Daily Schedule

10/12/2017: US House of Reps

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2017
The House will not be in session

MONDAY OCTOBER 16, 2017
The House will meet in a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2017
The House will not be in session

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, 2017
The House will not be in session

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 2017
The House will meet in a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017
The House will not be in session

Government at Work - Alerts

Managing Arthritis (A Cup of Health with CDC)

10/19/2017: A Cup of Health with CDC

https://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/downloader/download.mp3?af=a&f=8646806

Arthritis is a common chronic condition among Americans. As the population ages, the number of people with this condition is expected to increase dramatically. In this podcast, Dr. Jennifer Hootman discusses the importance of early diagnosis and management of arthritis.

29 More Georgia Counties Approved for Additional Federal Infrastructure Disaster Aid

10/20/2017: FEMA Region 4

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The state of Georgia, local governments and certain private nonprofits in 29 Georgia counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover expenses for permanent work, under the Public Assistance program, to help with costs to repair or replace infrastructure damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma, according to state and federal officials.

 

English

Kenya Travel Alert

09/27/2017: International Travel Alerts

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 26, 2017.

This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and expires on November 30, 2017.

Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice. As with all large events, there is the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

  • Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, you are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. 
  • Monitor media and local information sources regarding election-related developments, and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Avoid crowds and remain alert when using public transportation.
  • Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • During elections, restrictions on traffic circulation, either imposed by the authorities or caused by political rallies, can be expected.
  • Please refer to our message dated March 13, 2017, for tips on personal preparedness.  

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kenya Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kenya located on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, at +254 (0) 20 363 6451 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +254 (0) 20 363 6170.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Government at Work - Archives

Daily Schedule

10/12/2017: US House of Reps

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2017
The House will not be in session

MONDAY OCTOBER 16, 2017
The House will meet in a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2017
The House will not be in session

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, 2017
The House will not be in session

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 2017
The House will meet in a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017
The House will not be in session

Law Library of Congress and Poetry and Literature Center to Host Award-Winning Poet Monica Youn

10/06/2016: Library of Congress

On the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Library of Congress will host award-winning poet and attorney Monica Youn. Youn will read from her latest collection of poetry, Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), which has been longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry. Youn will also participate in a conversation with Martha Dragich, professor […]

Government at Work - Issues

This Week at State: October 20, 2017

10/20/2017: State Department Blog

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Communication Regarding Intent To Withdraw From Paris Agreement

08/04/2017: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 4, 2017


Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.

The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security. We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions.

The United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration. Such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement.

For further information, please contact Yoon Nam in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at namys@state.gov.

Roofing Company Owner and Former Facilities Manager at Sierra Army Depot Indicted for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

10/19/2017: Department of Justice Antitrust

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of California returned an indictment yesterday against two individuals for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced.