Washington, DC - In the span of a generation, advances in science and technology have transformed the world. Seventy-five years after the first transistor was demonstrated, we carry smart phones that contain billions of transistors and are more powerful than a 1980s supercomputer. Sixty-five years after the structure of DNA was discovered, we can have our personal DNA analyzed for less than $100. Today, more than ever before, the United States’ economic prosperity and national security rests upon its capacity for continued scientific and technological innovation. That capacity depends on our ability to ensuring that all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Washington, DC - "My Administration will do everything possible to provide our children, especially kids in underserved areas, with access to high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and math." ~ President Donald J. Trump

Washington, DC - United States Capitol Rotunda: Vice President Pence at Ceremony Preceding the Lying in State of the Honorable President George Herbert Walker Bush

Newark, New Jersey - A federal grand jury returned an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, announced Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey and Executive Assistant Director Amy S. Hess of the FBI.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The former president and CEO of MRI International Inc. (MRI), a purported investment company and medical collections business located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tokyo, Japan, was convicted last Tuesday for his role in a $1.5 billion Ponzi scheme.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East. This test violates UN Security Council resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology . . .”