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 US Government – White House

  • First Lady Melania Trump Donates Inaugural Couture Piece to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History
    First Lady Melania Trump today donated the couture piece that she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History. The dress was added to the exhibition featuring 26 dresses worn by former first ladies. The couture piece, which was designed by Herve Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump, is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, accent from neckline to hem, and claret ribbon around the waist. First Lady Melania Trump stated: “Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. In addition to celebrating fashion, which is something I have loved since I ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Statement Regarding Senate Passage of its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution
    President Donald J. Trump applauds the Senate for passing its FY 2018 Budget Resolution today and taking an important step in advancing the Administration’s pro-growth and pro-jobs legislative agenda. This resolution creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts, simplifying the overcomplicated tax code, providing financial relief for families across the country, and making American businesses globally competitive. President Trump looks forward to final enactment of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution so we can bring jobs back to our country. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Leonard Wolfson to the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    If confirmed, Leonard Wolfson of Connecticut will serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending. He previously served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, during the George W. Bush administration. During that time, he led HUD’s successful legislative efforts to modernize the Federal Housing Administration as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Mr. Wolfson’s career began in 1996 on the staff of his hometown congressional representative, Christopher ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff General John Kelly
    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:01 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Catch you off guard when we're on time. Good afternoon. As you all saw, earlier today the President met with the Governor of Puerto Rico this morning to discuss the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. The administration is working tirelessly to help our fellow citizens recover and rebuild, and we will stand with them throughout this process. It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to share a letter to the President from the podium, and I have one today that I think you'll all enjoy. This one is from Mackenzie of Dalton, Georgia. Mackenzie is seven years old and is in the second grade. And she wrote: ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • ICYMI: What People are Saying About the Second Lady’s Initiative
    What People Are Saying About Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART “As an art therapist for over 50 years, my belief in its healing power has actually deepened over time. In a world where trauma is ubiquitous and trust is often fragile, art therapy offers a powerful way to help those who suffer to express in images what cannot be said in words. I am grateful to Mrs. Pence for recognizing the uniquely restorative potential of the discipline to which I have devoted my professional life. If its availability were expanded, many more people in pain could be helped by competent art therapists, who grasp both the vulnerability and the resiliency of the human spirit.”  –Dr. Judy Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC   “Art therapy ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Readout Of President Donald J. Trump’s Call With President Mauricio Macri Of Argentina
    President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina. The two leaders underscored their continued commitment to expanding trade and investment between the United States and Argentina. President Trump praised President Macri’s economic reform efforts. They also discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and agreed to continue to work together to help the people of Venezuela restore democracy in their country. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:49 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good Afternoon. I know it's been a few days since I've been up here. I'm sure that you have all missed me as much as I've missed you. As many of you will recall, one of President Trump's core campaign promises was to defeat ISIS. With the stunning fall of Mosul in June, and now with ISIS nearly eradicated from Raqqa, it is clear that ISIS's so-called caliphate is crumbling across Iraq and Syria. This eminent victory by the global coalition and our brave servicemembers comes at a high cost, particularly to the Syrian Democratic Forces who suffered many casualties as they fought to liberate their own country from ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 178, S. 652, and H.R. 1117 into Law
    On Wednesday October 18, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 178, the “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act,” which establishes certain requirements for the Department of Justice with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes; and amends Federal criminal law to expand telemarketing fraud to include “email marketing” fraud; S. 652, the "Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017," which reauthorizes and modifies two Department of Health and Human Services programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and young children; and H.R. 1117, which requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report to the Congress on plans to improve the administration of disaster assistance during the response to an emergency or disaster. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Second Lady Karen Pence Announces Plans for Her Initiative, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART
    Washington, DC--Today, Second Lady Karen Pence announced the goals she wants to accomplish through her art therapy initiative, on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, home to a nationally acclaimed art therapy graduate education program. Mrs. Pence has named her initiative, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART.    Ann Scott, First Lady of Florida, joined Mrs. Pence for the announcement along with John Thrasher, FSU President; Dr. Donna Betts, President of the American Art Therapy Association; Dr. Sara M. Kass, Retired Navy Captain, and Senior Military and Medical Advisor to Creative Forces: The NEA/Military Healing Arts Network; and Dr. Dave Gussak, Chair of FSU’s Department of Art Education, which houses FSU’s Art Therapy program. In early May, Mrs. Pence ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with the Senate Finance Committee
    President Donald J. Trump had a productive meeting at the White House today with the bipartisan group of Senators from the Senate Finance Committee. The group discussed the historic nature of tax cuts and reform, and stressed the urgent need to deliver tax relief for the middle class by cutting taxes and simplifying the burdensome tax code. The Administration looks forward to continued opportunities to reach across the aisle in an effort to provide tangible quality of life improvements for the American people ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – White House Press OfficePublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 US Government – Department of Labor

  • DOL Program Helps Former Marine Provide for Family
    Body:  From left: Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist Reynaldo Locquiao Jr., Henry Benavidez, and Business Services Specialist Samuel Townsend.  Henry Benavidez found himself at a professional crossroads when a death in his family prematurely ended his Marine Corps career. After the service granted him a hardship separation, he moved with his wife back home to Bakersfield, California, where he bounced from job to job. After a couple of years, Henry’s friends told him about America's Job Center of California in Bakersfield. Counselors with the center’s Veterans Service Program helped him improve his resume and pointed him to a career fair. Within weeks, Henry was beating the pavement in nearby Arvin, going door to door selling cable, phone, and internet connection contracts to local homeowners as ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • By the Numbers: Hispanic Women in the Workforce
    Body: Each year, the United States recognizes Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. In recognition of Hispanic women’s significant contributions to the labor force, here are six statistics demonstrating their growing influence as drivers of economic productivity and entrepreneurs.   A text-only version of this graphic is available at the bottom of the page.  Strong labor force participation In 2016, there were 11.4 million Hispanic women in the civilian labor force. That’s 1 in 7 women, and 7.2 percent of the total labor force. By 2024, Hispanic women’s participation is projected to increase to almost 14 million, or 8.5 percent of the total labor force. Nearly 1 out of 3 Hispanic women were employed in service occupations in 2016, but managerial and professional occupations have had ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • ILAB at 70: Still Fighting for American Workers
    Body: The Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) recognized its 70th anniversary on Oct. 10. Deputy Undersecretary of International Affairs Martha Newton takes a look at where the Bureau has been and where it’s going as it continues its international work in defense of U.S. workers and American values in the global economy. ILAB helps ensure a fair playing field for U.S. workers and businesses by improving labor standards overseas. When I had the privilege of returning to ILAB a few weeks ago, I was struck by just how familiar all of it felt. It wasn’t just the faces of the dedicated staff, many of which were the same as when I first arrived here 15 years ago. It was the nature of our ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Government (PD USPD) – Department of Labor BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

 

 

 NASA – News

  • Jovian Moon Shadow
    Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the gas giant planet in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Georgia Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station
    Students at New Prospect Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia, will speak with the NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 10:50 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 23. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Education NewsPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Georgia Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station
    Students at New Prospect Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia, will speak with the NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 10:50 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 23. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A?
    Hidden beneath Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep our James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Puerto Rico From the Space Station
    NASA astronaut Joe Acaba photographed Puerto Rico from the cupola of the International Space Station on Oct. 12, 2017. Sharing the image with his followers on social media, he wrote, "Finally a chance to see the beautiful island of Puerto Rico from @Space_Station. Continued thoughts throughout the recovery process." ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • When (Neutron) Stars Collide
    This illustration shows the hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped from neutron stars just before they collided. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
    For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Glorious Sunrise at the Start of a Spacewalk
    NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei exits the International Space Station on Oct. 10, 2017, for a spacewalk in this photograph taken by fellow spacewalker Randy Bresnik. Bresnik wrote, "A glorious sunrise greeted @Astro_Sabot and I at the start of our 2nd #spacewalk. His visor reflection shows the airlock hatch we came out." ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Image of the DayPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Facebook Live with Astronauts Kicks Off Year of Education on Space Station
    The first major event for the Year of Education on Station (YES) will be hosted by NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli on a special Facebook Live broadcast from the International Space Station. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Education NewsPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Facebook Live with Astronauts Kicks Off Year of Education on Space Station
    The first major event for the Year of Education on Station (YES) will be hosted by NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli on a special Facebook Live broadcast from the International Space Station. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Breaking NewsPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017

 NASA – Missions

  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/19/2017
    Circadian Rhythms:  Yesterday a crewmember instrumented themselves with Thermolab Double Sensors and mounted the Thermolab Unit to their belt, which began 36 hours of monitoring for the Circadian Rhythm investigation.  Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the “biological clock,” and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crew members’ circadian clocks. The investigation also addresses the effects of reduced physical activity, microgravity and an artificially controlled environment. Changes in body composition and body temperature, which also occur in microgravity, can affect crew members’ circadian rhythms as well. Understanding how these phenomena affect the biological clock will improve performance and health for future crew members. Fine Motor Skills (FMS): Today a 51S ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/17/2017
    Miniature Exercise Device (MED-2):  Today crewmembers set up cameras in Node 3 to capture video from multiple views of the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) and MED-2 hardware.  They also applied body markers, and performed exercises before transferring the video for downlink.  The ISS’s exercise equipment is large and bulky, while the MED-2 aims to demonstrate small robotic actuators can provide motion and resistance for crew workout sessions, reducing the size and weight of exercise equipment for long-duration space missions. The MED-2 investigation is a system to test key technologies needed to develop space based exercise equipment that may provide appropriate countermeasures to the adverse effects of microgravity. This technology is critical for the initial design and development of second and third generation Counter Measure ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • NASA Develops and Tests New Housing for In-Orbit Science Payloads
    Thanks to an increased demand for exploration technology development payloads, the International Space Station is making room for eight new shelving units called Basic Express Racks. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Life aboard the International Space StationPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/16/2017
    68 Progress (68P) docking:  Saturday morning, 68P launched from Baikonur after a two day delay.  This morning, 68P docked successfully to DC1 nadir, bringing supplies to the ISS. JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) #13 Installation:  Following the docking of 68P,  a crewmember stowed two canister bags containing protein samples in the JAXA Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (J-FROST2). This experiment will run from today through removal for return on Soyuz 51S.  The canisters contain protein samples prepared by Japanese and Russian researchers from universities, national research institutes, and the private sector. The purpose of this activity is to obtain high quality protein crystals in the microgravity environment at 20 degrees C for about 9 weeks. The results obtained by JAXA PCG #13 contribute to the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Chandra Makes First Detection of X-Rays from a Gravitational Wave Source
    Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to make the first X-ray detection of a gravitational wave source. Chandra was one of multiple observatories to detect the aftermath of this gravitational wave event, the first to produce an electromagnetic signal of any type. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Chandra MissionPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/13/2017
    Advanced Nano Step Troubleshooting: Today the crew successfully completed troubleshooting operations by retrieving the Advanced Nano Step cartridge from the Solution Crystallization Observation Facility (SCOF) to access and adjust the position of the cell stage, due to movement issues during the sample observation.  JAXA’s Advanced Nano Step experiment investigates the relationship between impurity incorporation mechanisms and the quality of obtained protein crystals should be clarified for the progress to an “advanced” stage of the space utilization for structure-based drug design. In this mission, we observe the protein crystal growth surfaces of glucose isomerase crystals in space in the presence of various impurities with the use of a Michelson interferometer. In addition, we also clarify the crystal surface morphology on the molecular step level by using ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Weekly Recap From the Expedition Lead Scientist
    Science continued aboard the International Space Station as crew members prepared for an executed a spacewalk to work on the Canadarm2 this week. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Life aboard the International Space StationPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/12/2017
    68P Launch and Dock Delay:  68P was planned for launch at 04:30 AM Central time, but the launch was aborted during final countdown.  Russian teams are looking into the cause of the abort.  The next launch opportunity is Saturday morning at 03:47 AM Central, with docking two days later on Monday morning. Multi-Omics Sample Collections: A 52S crewmember collected saliva samples and completed a questionnaire for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics experiment. The samples were placed into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Multi-omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-Omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts’ immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Visiting Vehicle Launches, Arrivals and Departures
    The International Space Station has hosted a variety of spacecraft shuttling crews and delivering supplies. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – Life aboard the International Space StationPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/11/2017
    NeuroMapping: Today two 52S crewmembers set up the NeuroMapping hardware and performed their Flight Day 30 tests in “strapped in” and “free floating” body configurations. During the test, the crewmembers executed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The NeuroMapping investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to brain structure and function, motor control, or multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess any changes that occur after spending months on the ISS. Combustion Integrated Rack ... read more
    Source: News Feed – NASA (PD USPD) – International Space StationPublished on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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