Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Josh Earnest en route Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, 12/15/2014

Aboard Air Force One En Route Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey 1:45 P.M. EST MR. EARNEST:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Let me just do a short topper on the event today, and then we’ll get to your questions.  This afternoon, the President will deliver remarks to approximately … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Arson Attack on Human Rights Group in Chechnya

We are extremely concerned by reports of arson at the Grozny offices of the Joint Mobile Group and the threats directed against human rights defenders, including Igor Kalyapin, head of the Russian NGO Committee Against Torture.We urge the authorities to investigate this incident and the threats against these … [Read more...]

Remarks by the President at “Christmas in Washington”

National Building Museum 7:32 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Give it up for Santa’s biggest, baddest elf -- our host, The Rock. (Applause.) Dwayne is tough as nails on the outside, but as you heard earlier, he is a big softie on the inside. Even played me once on “Saturday Night Live.” … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Power Outage at the State Department

This morning during construction at the 21st Street entrance, one of the power lines that serves the Main State building was accidentally severed. This has resulted in a power outage at the State Department.All emergency systems are fully operating under generator power.However, it will take PEPCO several … [Read more...]

Press Releases: U.S. Government Increases Focus on Gender-Sensitive Data: Leading Foreign Assistance Programs Avail Gender-Sensitive Data to Improve Policy and Development Decision-Making

At today’s Data2X event in New York City, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, jointly committed to Data2X’s mission to promote gender-sensitive data. … [Read more...]

NASA Tests Software That May Help Increase Flight Efficiency, Decrease Aircraft Noise

[image-50]NASA researchers Friday began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports.Known as ASTAR, or Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes, the software is designed to … [Read more...]

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Japanese Elections

On behalf of the President and people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Abe on the Liberal Democratic Party's success in the elections in Japan today. The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. We appreciate Prime Minister Abe's strong … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Remarks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: Sorry for Sunday evening, guys. (Laughter.)SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thanks everybody. We’re delighted to be here. We have a number of critical issues to talk about, and I’m very appreciative of Foreign Minister Lavrov changing his schedule and traveling on short notice to be … [Read more...]

Press Releases: December 14 – Sunday

DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE DECEMBER 14, 2014 SECRETARY JOHN KERRYSecretary Kerry is on travel to Rome, Italy. He is accompanied by Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Frank Lowenstein, National Security Council Senior Director for the Levant, Israel, and Egypt Yael Lempert, Chief of … [Read more...]

Press Releases: On Arrests of Journalists in Turkey

We are closely following reports that Turkish police have conducted a series of raids and arrests at locations across Turkey today. It appears that media outlets that have been openly critical of the current Turkish government are among the targets of these actions by Turkish law enforcement. Media freedom, … [Read more...]