Jakarta, Indonesia - Friday, Vice President Mike Pence participated in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of his tour of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to Indonesia for its shared commitment to religious freedom and reaffirmed that the United States will continue to defend this fundamental freedom, at home and abroad.

Washington, DC - President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Heath P. Tarbert to the Department of the Treasury.

Washington, DC - China National Chemical Corporation (“ChemChina”) and Swiss global agricultural company Syngenta AG have agreed to divest three types of pesticides, in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed merger would harm competition in several U.S. markets.

Washington, DC - Presidential Executive Order Regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits:

Washington, DC - The American Guild of Organists has agreed to eliminate rules that restrict its members from competing for opportunities to perform.

Washington, DC - Consumers want fuel-efficient vehicles and high-performance sporting goods, municipalities want weather-resistant bridges, and manufacturers want more efficient ways to make reliable cars and aircraft. What’s needed are new lightweight, energy-saving composites that won’t crack or break even after prolonged exposure to environmental or structural stress. To help make that possible, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a way to embed a nanoscale damage-sensing probe into a lightweight composite made of epoxy and silk.