November 14, 2008 - No Additional
Inauguration Tickets Available
Due to the limited number of tickets available
and unprecedented levels of demand, my office is no longer able
to accept requests for tickets to the January 20, 2009 Presidential
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Meetings Held in Spain
This week 250
delegates from the 26 Member and 19 Associate countries met in Valencia,
Spain. Our delegation heard from the NATO Secretary General and President
of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as well as President Mikheil Saakashvili
of Georgia and General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
I am privileged to be a U.S. delegate to the NATO
Parliamentary Assembly. I firmly believe that NATO,
as a group of democratic nations, has been will continue to be vital
in our nation's foreign policy.
After the NATO meetings, the U.S. delegation traveled to Italy to
meet with Italian NATO delegates, as well as the Prime Minister's
Chief of Staff and Minister of Defense. One of the stops in Italy
was in Nettuno at the Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery, where 7,861 World War II soldiers are laid
to rest.Our delegation is pictured above in front of the "Brothers
in Arms" sculpture on the cemetery grounds. Soldiers from all
50 states, the District of Columbia and seven other nations, including
one pair of brothers, are buried in this sacred ground.
Young Entrepreneurs Wanted
An idea that started
in the United Kingdom has expanded into the first-ever Global
Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23. More than 75 countries will
be hosting events and activities for young people with the goal
to inspire enterprising ideas to make a profit and address some
of society's biggest issues.
During the week, partner organizations will conduct a range of
activities -- from simple speeches to comprehensive competitions
-- designed to inspire, connect, inform, mentor and engage the next
generation of entrepreneurs.
Host organizations in each participating country
are recruiting partners and coordinating related activities.
The exact type of activities, whether online or face-to-face,
is limited only by the imaginations of the partners and the
participants. Suggested activities include invention competitions,
entrepreneurship film festivals, networking events, school-based
activities, and local entrepreneurship summits.
Journalism Internship Program
As the field
of journalism changes, real work experience and a diverse set of
skills are now crucial to a successful career. The Institute
for Humane Studies (IHS) Journalism Internship program offers
hands-on paid broadcast and print journalism placements for the
summer, spring, and fall to immerse apsiring journalists in the
Filling out an application gives you the opportunity to apply for
placements at print newspapers and major media networks. All internships
are paid and provide career training and mentoring. The program
is not limited to journalism majors; students from all disciplines,
including political science and economics are encouraged to apply.
Interns spend eight weeks at a major media outlet
gaining experience in broadcast journalism or a daily newspaper
building a portfolio of 20-40 or more clips. In addition to
receiving a stipend and housing allowance, interns also participate
in a free, week-long career building workshop during the summer.
The application deadline is December 1. For more information, and
to apply, click
The Great American Smokeout:
Information from the American Cancer Society
Every year, smokers
across the nation take part in the American
Cancer Societys Great American Smokeout by smoking less
or quitting for the day on the third Thursday of November (November
20). The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises
awareness of the many effective
ways to quit for good.
Research shows smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when
they have some means of support, such as nicotine replacement products,
counseling, prescription medicine to lessen cravings, guide books,
and the encouragement of friends and family members.
Nevertheless, only about 1 in 7 current smokers reports having tried
any of the recommended therapies during his or her last quit attempt.
Telephone quitlines are a convenient new resource, available for free
in many states.
Call 1-800-ACS-2345 to find a quitline or other science-based support
in your area and visit the American
Cancer Society website for more information.
Visiting the Capitol
new Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) officially opens its doors
on December 2, 2009. This new addition to the Capitol Complex
will provide visitors with an interactive and educational look
at the history and purpose of the US Capitol.
With the opening of the CVC, visitors to the Capitol can now schedule
their own tours on-line. But as always, constituents are also welcome
to contact my office to schedule tours of the Capitol, White House,
Supreme Court and various other Washington, DC landmarks.
Our Nation's Capital is a beautiful, world-class
city with a rich history. If you are considering a visit to
Washington, I encourage you to contact my office for information
about how to get the most out of your trip.
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