Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Avril will do a terrific job. Everything you’d hope for in a Deputy National Security Advisor is exactly what she brings to the table, just like Tony before her. She’s fair, driven, thoughtful, unflappable, organized, and brilliant. This is a big job. it’s a policy job, a process job, and a people skills job. It is rare for one person to bring all the right talents to that equation. It requires diverse experience, high intellect, the ability to build consensus, to filter the best ideas from the national security team, and consider the views and equities from a range of parties. Avril has all of those qualities, end of story. She’s a terrific recruit.

Washington, DC - The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume IX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, August 1978–December 1980. As part of the Foreign Relations subseries devoted to the foreign policy of the administration of President Jimmy Carter, this volume is the second of two volumes that document U.S. efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli dispute.

Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security announced the launch of its official Instagram account.

West Lafayette, Indiana - A new report recommends that states require standardized testing to safeguard against environmental contamination caused by a widely used method for rehabilitating aging drainage culverts.

Washington, DC - Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to twenty individuals, consisting of eight commutations and twelve pardons.

Washington, DC - The FTC’s status as an independent agency, secured in an early constitutional challenge to the FTC Act, was tested during the early years of the Cold War when the agency’s international work provoked a national security debate at the highest levels.