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“There is established an Arctic Executive Steering Committee . . .  which shall provide guidance to executive departments and agencies . . .  and enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies and offices, and, where applicable, with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors” declares an Executive Order issued by President Obama on Wednesday.

23 Jan 2015

Yesterday Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his intention to mark up and pass a bill through his committee to reauthorize the federal government’s primary elementary and secondary education law.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965.  It is now more commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act, following the legislation’s last reauthorization in 2002 during the administration of President George W. Bush.

22 Jan 2015

As he has in his previous State of the Union addresses, last night President Obama discussed the importance of R&D and climate change.  Excerpts from his remarks follow:

Research and Development:

21 Jan 2015