Reno, Nevada - Gambling, the risky enterprise of chance, is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Office March Madness brackets, a day at the race track, a friendly wager, the random ridiculous Super Bowl prop bet, bingo night, or the latest media frenzy over the Powerball jackpot—all emphasize the ubiquity of this major economic force and cultural phenomenon. Approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly engage in some form of betting, amounting to over $140 billion in combined casino and lottery revenue every year. A hundred years ago, however, legal gambling was a rarity in the United States.

Sacramento, California - USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney met yesterday with California agricultural trade stakeholders to discuss foreign market opportunities and trade issues.

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) announced $2.4 million in funding for four projects aimed at developing and testing innovative upstream and downstream fish passage solutions for hydropower dams, while reducing construction and operation costs. WPTO is committed to lowering the cost of hydropower deployment while significantly reducing the environmental footprint of new and existing technologies as part of its HydroNEXT initiative. Cost-effective fish passage technologies will assist hydropower owners and operators in meeting rigorous environmental permitting requirements and bring more hydropower online faster.

Washington, DC - In tradition with State Visits, First Lady Melania Trump hosted Mrs. Macron for a spousal event, choosing to visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. this morning.  Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Macron were met by Frank Kelly, Deputy Director of the museum.  The tour of the National Gallery of Art was crafted to particularly note the incredible work of French artists to complement the long-standing friendship between the United States and France.

Washington, DC - Dear Rusty: We have gone to the Social Security office because we were told that my husband might be eligible to receive Social Security benefits, but they told him he had not worked enough quarters and that he could not collect benefits.  My husband is from England and holds a green card, and we have been married for 8 years living in the United States. I am 71 and started receiving my Social Security a few months after I retired at age 69.  My husband is also 71 but according to Social Security he can’t get benefits.  Is it because he is not a citizen?  I read in one of your articles that a wife who had not worked outside the home was entitled to ½ of her husband’s benefit at age 69. So why can’t my husband get benefits from my record? ~ Feeling Cheated

Washington, DC - Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many who suffered.