57th Presidential Inauguration Website | by Senate.gov

http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/

57th Presidential Inauguration

57th Presidential Inauguration

On January 21, Barack Obama will take the oath of President for the second time.  Find out more about the Inauguration Ceremony of the U.S. President, facts and firsts, traditions, unusual events, etc.

For more than two hundred years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremonies represents both national renewal and continuity of leadership. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past. The 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies theme, “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and marks the 150th anniversary of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome.

(part of description from inaugural.senate.gov website)

The Numbers Guy | a blog by Wall Street Journal

http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/

WSJ - The Numbers Guy

WSJ – The Numbers Guy

A different kind of blog, dealing with a variety of subjects, but examining them through the available data/numbers on each issue.  A better explanation is given on the site itself: “The Numbers Guy examines numbers in the news, business and politics. Some numbers are flat-out wrong or biased, while others are valid and help us make informed decisions. Carl Bialik tells the stories behind the stats, in occasional updates on this blog and in his column published every Saturday in The Wall Street Journal. Carl, who holds a degree in mathematics and physics from Yale University, also writes daily about sports numbers on WSJ.com.”

One of the latest issues examined is the the potential costs to Greece and to other world economies if Greece were to exit the euro zone.

(part of description from Wall Street Journal [WSJ] website)

Elections the American Way | Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/elections/home.html

Elections the American Way - Library of Congress

Elections the American Way - Library of Congress

An interactive presentation from the Library of Congress explaining the U.S. Elections, focusing on the Candidates, the Voters, the Election System and the Issues.  A teaching resource where you can learn what is required to become a candidate, how candidates sway voters, who can vote, how parties in the U.S. were formed, how the primaries, the electoral votes and the elections work, the introduction of African American and Women voting, etc. The site covers all aspects of the elections in the United States in a simple and comprehensive way, with great photographic materials and background information on the institution of Elections.  There is also a section for teachers on a variety of subjects at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/

2012 State of the Union Address

State of the Union Address 2012

State of the Union Address 2012

President Obama emphasizes job creation, deficit reduction and government reform in his 2012 State of the Union address. Read the transcript and watch an enhanced version of the talk below:

Real Clear Politics – Elections 2012

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/elections/

RealClearPolitics - Election 2012

RealClearPolitics - Election 2012

Happy New Year everyone!  Hard to believe that it is already time for another Presidential Elections race!  As you may know, 2012 is a U.S. Presidential Elections Year.

We know we have featured Real Clear Politics before, but as we are underway for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections, we believe it is worth checking out again.  With the Iowa Caucuses just finished, the race for the Republican nomination is on. Check out the latest on the U.S. Elections, including analysis from a variety of specialists from all backgrounds, recent and historical Election statistics, predictions, transcripts and videos.

We also suggest checking out the Election Calendar at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/elections/election_dates/

Memeorandum

http://www.memeorandum.com/

The day’s must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

Memeorandum

Memeorandum

Memeorandum arranges all links in a single, easy-to-scan page. It auto-generates a news summary every 5 minutes, drawing on experts and pundits, insiders and outsiders, media professionals and amateur bloggers.  The site also features mobile versions, a list of top sources, which includes an RSS feed for each source (http://www.memeorandum.com/lb) and listing in reverse chronological order.  We would like to see a search function for the site -if there is one it is not visible – but one can always search using a search engine and limiting the search to the domain (i.e. adding “site:memeorandum.com“) to the search terms.

(part of description from Memeorandum website – found through Mary Laine’s Neat New Stuff website)

ScienceBlogs

http://scienceblogs.com/

ScienceBlogs

ScienceBlogs

Much more than just a collection of science blogs. According to the description on the site: “From climate change to intelligent design, HIV/AIDS to stem cells, science education to space exploration, science is figuring prominently in our discussions of politics, religion, philosophy, business and the arts. New insights and discoveries in neuroscience, theoretical physics and genetics are revolutionizing our understanding of who are, where we come from and where we’re heading. Launched in January 2006, ScienceBlogs is a portal to this global dialogue, a digital science salon featuring the leading bloggers from a wide array of scientific disciplines. [According to the site,] today, ScienceBlogs is the largest online community dedicated to science.

[The site editors] believe in providing our bloggers with the freedom to exercise their own editorial and creative instincts. [They] do not edit their work and we do not tell them what to write about.

[The editors] have selected  80+ bloggers based on their originality, insight, talent, and dedication and how [they] think they would contribute to the discussion at ScienceBlogs. [Their] role, as [they] see it, is to create and continue to improve this forum for discussion, and to ensure that the rich dialogue that takes place at ScienceBlogs resonates outside the blogosphere.”

(part of description from ScienceBlogs website –  found through Mary Laine’s Neat New Stuff website)

United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN ARMS)

http://archives.un.org/ARMS/

United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN ARMS)

United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN ARMS)

The United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) ensures that the records documenting the history of the United Nations are preserved and accessible to all. The Section also provides support for good and accountable record-keeping in the Organization through various outreach and training programmes. This website brings together into a single location information about the United Nations archives collections and services with resources and tools to support records management programmes.

(description from UN ARMS website)

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