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 US Government – White House

  • Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain
    President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain to extend his condolences to the victims and families of the August 17 terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. President Trump pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUBJECT:       Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under sections 161 and 167b of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct that U.S. Cyber Command be established as a Unified Combatant Command.  I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend an officer for my nomination and Senate confirmation as commander in order to establish U.S. Cyber Command as a Unified Combatant Command. I assign to U.S. Cyber Command:  (1) all the general responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command; (2) the cyberspace-related ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command
    I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.     This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense.  The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.      United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations.  Elevation will also ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded.     In connection with this elevation, the Secretary of ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Santiago, Chile and Panama City, Panama
    The Second Lady started her visit in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday with a visit to Teleton Foundation where she observed an art therapy session with children. Teleton is a Chilean institution dedicated to the integral rehabilitation of children and young people with motor and cognitive disabilities. During the visit, Mrs. Pence received a beautiful piece of art from one of the young patients, which she will hang in her office at the White House. After the visit at Teleton, Mrs. Pence participated in a roundtable discussion at Espacio Crea with Chilean art therapists and university administrators. After the roundtable discussion, the Second Lady joined the Vice President to participate in a meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy employees and their families.   Today, upon arrival in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Remarks by the Vice President and Panamanian President Varela in a Joint Statement to the Press
    Palacio de las Garzas Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT VARELA:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  I would like to begin by energetically condemning the terrorist act that occurred today in Barcelona.  We share the pain of the people and of the Spanish government.  And we raise our prayers to the victims and their family members.   Vice President Pence, on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Panama, I would like to welcome you most cordially to our country as Vice President of the United States of America, Michael Pence, and his wife, Karen.   We are delighted that you've had the opportunity to visit our canal, a work which is the reflection of over a hundred years of friendship and cooperation ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Remarks by the Vice President at the Panama Canal
    REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE PANAMA CANAL Cocoli Locks Panama City, Panama 2:48 P.M. UTC   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you.  Thank you, Madame Vice President, for those gracious words, and for this warm welcome to Panama for me and my wonderful wife, Karen.    Before I begin, I’d like to address the horrific terror attack that occurred just a few hours ago in Barcelona, Spain.  The latest scenes of carnage and mayhem sicken us all, and as the President said earlier today, the United States condemns this terror attack, and we will do whatever is necessary to help.   Whatever inspired today's terror attack, the United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration
    Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Mark ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces United States Strikes Deal to Export Pork to Argentina
    United States pork to enter Argentina for first time since 1992 WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump today announced that the United States and Argentina have agreed to terms that will allow United States pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992. The agreement follows the August 15 meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina during the Vice President’s visit to Buenos Aires. President Trump first raised the issue with President Macri during their bilateral meeting at the White House on April 27. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were also fully engaged in completing the agreement.  “Today’s announcement is a big ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • ICYMI: WSJ editorial: “Coal Makes a Comeback”
    “Yet the Trump Presidency seems to have lifted animal spirits and coal. Weekly coal production has increased by 14.5% nationwide over last year with even bigger bumps in West Virginia (19%), Pennsylvania (19.7%) and Wyoming (19.8%). Exports were up 58% during the first quarter from last year. Apparently coal can be marketable if regulators let it be.” Coal Makes a Comeback Editorial Wall Street Journal August 17, 2017 Not long ago liberals hailed the demise of coal as inevitable while the Obama Administration strangled the industry with regulation. But don’t look now, Tom Steyer, because coal is showing signs of a revival and breathing economic life into West Virginia and other coal states. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy proclaimed ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile
    Vice President Mike Pence met today with the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago. The two leaders celebrated the strong commercial ties, diplomatic engagement and regional security cooperation that define the positive bilateral relationship between the United States and Chile. Vice President Pence recognized Chile for its strong institutions and economic leadership that have served as an influential example throughout the region. The two leaders praised the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which has increased bilateral trade by more than 350% since it was signed in 2004, and Vice President Pence also indicated the need for additional improvements on intellectual property rights protection and regulatory transparency to further amplify its benefits. The Vice President highlighted Chile’s participation in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 US Government – Department of Labor

  • Lost Money Recovered for California Widow
    Body: When Linda Foss of Pioneer, California, tried to claim her late husband’s pension benefits, she ran into an unexpected complication. Kenneson Foss had earned the benefits while working as a general manager for Roadlink USA Inc., but the investment firm maintaining the 401(k) retirement plan refused to release the money without an authorized signature from the employer that sponsored the plan. Unfortunately, Kenneson’s employer had gone out of business in 2012. Because her husband’s employer was one of many subsidiaries of a larger company, each operating in different regions of the country, she found herself being passed from agency to agency, across state lines, in an effort to find an authorized signatory. Linda and her late husband, Kenneson “The entire experience was so frustrating,” ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Inclusion and Innovation: Expanding the American Apprenticeship Model
    Body:  Apprenticeships involve training toward a specific professional role and a promise to achieve that role and a career path. Post-World War II America saw a generation of workers who were unlikely to have gone to college, but rather learned their trades on the job. What they missed in the classroom, they made up for with experience and, in doing so, fueled the greatest period of social mobility and economic growth this country has ever seen. Two generations later, with rising student debt and low-income students being left behind by the cost of college, we find ourselves looking again to a workforce-training approach that meets the needs of our changing economy and can ready the next generation of American talent. That approach is apprenticeships. And ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Building on a Proud History of Apprenticeship
    Body: Apprentices earn as they learn. For over 100 years, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and its signatory contractors have funded and operated a skilled craft apprenticeship system that is the envy of the world. Our apprenticeship and workplace-based training is an “earn while you learn” system that offers young people the chance to learn from the best trained construction workers in North America. When they complete their apprenticeship, these men and women have a portable, nationally recognized credential that they can take anywhere in the country, one that comes with good pay and benefits that will support them and their families. As U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta noted during the Trump Administration’s Apprenticeship Week, “The Building Trades unions, working together with contractors, spend more than ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Celebrating 80 Years of Promoting Apprenticeship
    Body:  The Department of Labor is committed to increasing the number of quality apprenticeships in the United States.   Apprenticeships have played an important role throughout our nation’s history, building and shaping the structures of our communities, and strengthening our economy. America’s workforce has evolved since the Colonial days, but apprenticeships remain a valuable pathway for Americans to learn the skills to succeed in good paying and rewarding jobs. This week marks the 80th anniversary of the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act (also known as the Fitzgerald Act), which directed the U.S. Department of Labor to work with industry and states to promote apprenticeship programs across the country, and to formulate and promote labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices . The Act ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

 

 

 NASA – News

  • Atlas V Rocket and TDRS-M
    As the Sun rises at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket vents liquid oxygen propellant vapors during fueling for the lift off of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite
    NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Astronauts Showcase Space Art Created with Childhood Cancer Patients
    Patients from around the world will have the opportunity to see a spacesuit art project they helped create. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Education NewsPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Jupiter: A New Point of View
    This striking Jovian vista was created by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Space Station Flight Over the Bahamas
    One of the most recognizable points on the Earth for astronauts to photograph is the Bahamas. Randy Bresnik of NASA shared this Aug. 13 photo from the International Space Station, saying, "The stunning Bahamas were a real treat for us. The vivid turquoise of the water over the reef was absolutely captivating." ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • 2017 Astronaut Candidates Available for Interviews Before Training
    NASA’s newest astronaut candidates, a diverse dozen women and men, will participate in media interviews and a final news conference before training on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of Research, Development Center
    NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • NASA Awards Contract for Infrastructure, Applications, Communications
    NASA has awarded the Kennedy Infrastructure, Applications and Communication (KIAC) contract to ASRC Federal Data Solutions, LLC of Beltsville, Maryland. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Communications Satellite
    NASA is targeting 8:03 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 18, for the launch of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) mission atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch, and related activities that begin Thursday, Aug. 17, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Spiraling Cloud Patterns Over Guadalupe Island
    On May 24, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured a natural-color image of long, spiraling cloud patterns, or "von Kármán vortices," on the lee side of Guadalupe Island. The volcanic island rises from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 NASA – Missions

  • NASA and U.S. National Lab Expand Commercial Research Opportunities in Space
    NASA is announcing that it is providing a class patent waiver to third party users who privately fund their research so that these users can automatically gain title to their inventions made aboard the space station. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Life aboard the International Space StationPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts
    Researchers have a new model for explaining how clouds move and change shape in brown dwarfs, using insights from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Kepler MissionPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/17/2017
    Russian Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #43: Yurchikhin and Ryazanskiy performed a seven hour 30 minute EVA. Completed activities include manual deployment of 5 nanosatellites, collection of research samples and structural maintenance. During EVA ingress timeframe, Whitson and Fischer were isolated in 50 Soyuz. Bresnik and Nespoli had access to the FGB and USOS modules. Multi-Omics-Mouse:  The crew transferred mice for the Multi-Omics-Mouse investigation from the Animal Transfer Transportation Cage Unit that arrived on SpX-12 to Mouse Habitat Cage Units in the Glove Box.  The Cage Units were then installed in the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) to start the experiment.  The crew also transferred data from the Compact Flash Memory Card to a Station Support Computer (SSC).  Several studies have reported space flight effects on the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • An Eclipse by Any Other Name: Doing Science with Transits and Occultations
    While the mechanics of a total solar eclipse are actually rather mundane, different flavors of this phenomenon make some very sophisticated science possible. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Kepler MissionPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/16/2017
    SpaceX (SpX)-12 Capture and Berthing: SpX-12 rendezvous and capture were successfully completed today  at 5:54 AM CDT using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). The crew monitored Dragon’s approach from the Cupola Robotic Workstation. Vestibule outfitting, vehicle ingress and critical cargo transfer began following capture. Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics 3:  The crew retrieved LMM Biophysics 3 Plate 1 from the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) and placed it into a Microgravity Experiment Research Locker / INcubator (MERLIN).  The LMM was placed in the FIR on Monday to begin the science run.  Using the three-dimensional structure of proteins, scientists can determine how they function and how they are involved in disease. Some proteins benefit from being crystallized in microgravity, where they can grow larger and ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/15/2017
    Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI): The crew took front and profile view pictures to check for facial edema, then completed a conference with ground experts.  The IPVI investigation studies changes to crewmembers’ eyes and optic nerves by analyzing arterial blood pressure and blood flow to the brain before and after spaceflight. The IPVI investigation uses non-invasive methods as compared to current invasive methods (e.g., spinal tap) to measure intracranial pressure.  MagVector:  The crew performed closeout and cleanup activities for the 7-day MagVector Run 11.  The European Space Agency (ESA) MagVector investigation studies how the Earth’s magnetic field interacts with an electrical conductor. Using extremely sensitive magnetic sensors placed around and above a conductor, researchers can gain insight into ways that the magnetic field influences ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/14/2017
    SpaceX (SpX)-12 Launch: SpX-12 launched successfully today from Kennedy Space Center at 11:31 am CDT. In addition to supplies and equipment for crew members, the vehicle will deliver investigations and instruments that study cosmic ray particles, protein crystal growth, stem cell-mediated recellularization and nanosatellite technology demonstration. Capture and berthing is scheduled for August 16 at 6:00 am CDT. Multi-Omics-Mouse: The crew set up equipment and the Glove Box and performed an inventory for the JAXA Multi-Omics-Mouse investigation. Several studies have reported space flight effects on the human immune system, but the relationship between microbiota and immune dysfunction during flight remains unclear. In Multi-Omics-Mouse, food with and without fructooligosaccharides (FOS) will be used as prebiotics, which could improve the gut environment and immune function. After the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Wallops Supports CREAM from Balloon to Space Station Flight
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility has played an integral role in the development of the Cosmic-Ray Energetics and Mass investigation (CREAM) instrument, which started as a balloon payload and is now heading to the International Space Station. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Life aboard the International Space StationPublished on Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • Weekly Recap From the Expedition Lead Scientist
    Expedition 52 is hard at work 200-plus miles above us! Catch this week's research highlights here. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Life aboard the International Space StationPublished on Friday, August 11, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/11/2017
    Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Zero Robotics (ZR):  The crew provided support for a SPHERES ZR Challenge competition between students from middle schools in the United States and Russia.  As part of a competition, students write algorithms for the SPHERES satellites to accomplish tasks relevant to future space missions. The algorithms were tested by the SPHERES team and the best designs were selected for the competition today to operate the SPHERES satellites on board the ISS. Space Headaches:  The 51 Soyuz (51S) USOS crewmembers completed weekly questionnaires for the ESA Space Headaches investigation.  The Space Headaches investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Friday, August 11, 2017

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