Women’s History Month:
Eleanor Roosevelt’s First Press Conference - March 6, 1933
On March 6, 1933 Eleanor Roosevelt held the first of her 348 women’s only press conferences. Before this time, First Ladies had little contact with reporters. Eleanor recognized that holding regular conferences could enhance the public role of the First Lady - a role she transformed during her 12 years in the White House.
About 35 women attended Eleanor’s first press conference which was held in the Monroe Room on the second floor of the living quarters in the White House. The press conferences were attended by the major female reporters of the day - including Lorena Hickok, Ruby Black, Bess Furman, May Craig, Emma Bugbee and Martha Stayer.
Eleanor used these press conferences as a way to not only announce her schedule of activities but also as a platform to publicize the work of women leaders, answer her critics, and entertain questions on a variety of subjects. Topics covered everything from domestic issues like social programs, race, youth activism, etc. to international politics and the role of women in war and peace.
Cold March Morning at the Capitol by USCapitol on Flickr.
Great shot from the Architect of the Capitol
Get your pizza pairings down.
Great sunrise shot of Federal DC on a too frosty morning.
(via Twitter )
Farragut Square, with crunchy snow on Flickr.
The morning after the snow view: Georgetown
Navigating the Complexities of the Federal Budget | WatchBlog: Official Blog of the U.S. Government Accountability Office -
As the President unveils his 2015 budget proposal tomorrow, GAO has put together some resources to help you understand it and analyze the impacts. From a budgeting-terms glossary to modeling the impact of budget decisions on the federal debt, there’s some great stuff here.
An Interactive U.S. Map That Visualizes the Popularity of Baby Names from the Early 1900s to the Present
Why should a few inches of snow keep you from grilling?
FTC hosts Twitter chat to answer consumer questions -
Avoid being scammed! Join the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET on Twitter (@FTC) and learn how to protect yourself.
Use the hashtag #NCPW2014.
Papyrus, Provenance and Looting - NYTimes.com -
A fascinating look into the murky ethical questions that haunt the field of classics (and a nice NYT appearance by a friend). No Indiana Jones references, though!
Happy birthday, Department of the Interior!
Happy 165th birthday to the Department of the Interior! On March 3, 1849, President Polk signed the legislation into law creating the department.
Today, the Department manages the Nation’s public lands and minerals including providing access to public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf, for renewable and conventional energy; is the steward of 20% of the Nations lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and the public lands; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western states and a supplier of hydropower energy; and upholds federal trusts to Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. It is responsible for migratory wildlife conservation; historic preservation; endangered species conservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping, geological, hydrological, biologic science for the Nation and financial and technical assistance for the Insular Areas.
To learn more about the Department, click here.
Photo of Bryce Canyon National Park by Kuang-Yu Je
1910-1935. “Smithsonian, [Washington, D.C.]” National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress.
Ukraine crisis: ‘Russia in control of Crimea’ - live updates
• Russia has ‘complete operational control’ - US official
• Russian jets violate Ukrainian airspace - defence ministry
• Russian troops take over Ukraine ferry terminal
• Ukrainian officers urged to join defecting navy chief
Pictured: Armed military personnel in Simferopol, Crimea. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Short version: things are not going well in Ukraine.
Thus begins another snow day in Winter 2014. Snowfall is not impressive yet, but I’ve seen a couple of cars slip on the icy street already in Georgetown.