U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) takes important step toward new voting system guidelines

Washington, DC – A set of 17 core voting system functions that will guide the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) next generation of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) was adopted this week by the EAC’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). The unanimous vote came during a meeting called by the EAC and chaired by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It comes as the Department of Homeland Security has affirmed its intent to maintain designation of election systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

“The need to protect America’s voting systems has never been more apparent,” said EAC Commissioner Matthew Masterson, who is the designated federal officer for the committee. “We are pleased the TGDC was unanimous in its vote to approve the proposed scope for the next set of guidelines, putting us another step closer to finalizing the next generation of standards used to test voting systems. These will be the most advanced standards against which a voting system can be tested in the United States, ensuring improved security, accessibility and auditability of the next generation of voting systems. Even better, these new guidelines are designed to spur innovations that allow local election officials to give voters the best experience possible.”

What are VVSG?

VVSG are a set of specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards. Some factors examined under these tests include functionality, accessibility, accuracy, auditability and security capabilities. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 mandates that EAC develop and maintain these requirements as well as testing and certifying voting systems. On December 13, 2005, the EAC unanimously adopted the 2005 VVSG, which significantly increased security requirements for voting systems and expanded access, including opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently. The 2005 guidelines updated and augmented the 2002 Voting System Standards, as required by HAVA, to address advancements in election practices and computer technologies. These guidelines were again updated by the EAC’s Commissioners on March 31, 2015.

About the new VVSG

The new VVSG are slated to be complete by 2018. These guidelines are voluntary. States may decide to adopt them entirely or in part prior to the effective date. The structure of the new VVSG reflects modifications proposed by the election community, EAC, NIST and the TGDC, which is comprised of election officials, voting system manufacturers, disability experts, cyber security experts, technology experts, and other key election stakeholders. The new guidelines are a nimble high level set of principles that will be supplemented by accompanying documents that detail specific requirements for how systems can meet the new guidelines and obtain certification. The supplemental documents will also detail  assertions for how the accredited test laboratories will validate that the system complies with those requirements. The new VVSG structure is anticipated to be:

  • Principles:    High level system design goals;
  • Guidelines:   Broad description of the functions that make up a voting system;
  • Requirements:   Technical details necessary for manufacturers to design devices that meet the principles and guidelines of a voting system;
  • Test Assertions:    Technical specifications required for laboratories to test a voting system against the requirements.

During this week’s meeting, the TGDC also had the opportunity to hear from the Department of Homeland Security about how the department’s new critical infrastructure designation may impact local election officials. The discussion marked the first time DHS and local election officials and other stakeholders had the opportunity to talk about the designation and revealed next steps in the process, including the creation of working groups that DHS plans to convene to inform its recommendations and services. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the EAC’s Testing and Certification program, which is the most successful and most implemented voting machine testing and certification program in the nation.

The Testing and Certification program was a requirement of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, legislation that created the EAC and mandated that the commission provide certification, decertification, and recertification of voting systems, as well as the accreditation of voting system testing laboratories.  This marked the first time the federal government assumed responsibility for these activities, a step that allowed states to procure new certified voting systems without the added expense of independent testing and certification. At least 47 states now use the EAC’s Testing and Certification program in some way when deciding which voting system to procure, and over the past decade, it has handled 58 certification campaigns in coordination with 15 voting system vendors. The TGDC is expected to convene again in late summer 2017.

About the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov.

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January 2017: Illegal settlement construction by the numbers

Three new rounds of illegal settlement construction were announced by Israel in January. On Jan. 22, the government announced plans for 566 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. On Jan. 24, plans for 2,500 new housing units in the West Bank were announced. On Jan. 31, approval was given for 3,000 additional housing units in the West Bank. The Trump administration declined to condemn the announcements and David Friedman, President Trump’s pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, formerly served as president of a group that raises funds for settlements.

So far 137 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were demolished by Israeli forces in January. According to figures from the United Nations, the demolitions have displaced 237 people, including 134 children. These demolitions build upon the 1,093 Palestinian structures that Israel destroyed last year—the highest number since the U.N. began keeping records in 2009.

Two people—an Israeli Bedouin and an Israeli police officer—were killed in clashes on Jan. 18 after Israeli officials entered the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran with demolition orders. Israeli-Palestinian Knesset member Ayman Odeh was injured and hospitalized after being hit by a foam-tipped bullet during the clashes. Israel regularly demolishes Bedouin villages it does not recognize to build new towns for Jewish Israelis only.

20-year-old Israeli Sgt. Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter by an Israeli court in early January. In March 2016, Azaria was filmed fatally shooting a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian attacker in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Azaria’s conviction was a rare moment of justice for Palestinians, as IDF soldiers rarely face severe consequences for crimes committed against Palestinians.

In six months, the amount of time Israeli-Palestinian Knesset member Basel Ghattas has been suspended from the Knesset after he was caught allegedly smuggling cell phones, SIM cards and documents to prisoners convicted of terrorism. Ghattas will still be permitted to vote during his suspension.

56 percent of Americans oppose moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a January poll conducted by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy. President Donald Trump seemed poised to announce the move within his first week in office, but has since put any such announcement on hold.

31 percent of Democrats polled by the Pew Research Center in January said they sympathize more with Palestine than with Israel. 33 percent of respondents said they sympathize more with Israel. These findings mark the first time in Pew Research history that Democrats are as likely to sympathize with Palestinians as they are with Israelis. The poll found that Republican support for Israel remains strong.

342 members of the House of Representatives—233 Republicans and 109 Democrats—voted in favor of a resolution objecting to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemns Israel’s ongoing settlement enterprise. President Barack Obama refused to veto the resolution in December, thereby allowing the resolution to pass and leading to criticism from pro-Israel groups in the U.S.

41 men remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, after former President Obama failed to fulfill his promise to close the prison. Obama transferred 18 men from the facility in January—10 to Oman, 5 to Saudi Arabia and 3 to the UAE. During his eight years in office he transferred 197 detainees from the facility.

26,172 bombs were dropped in seven countries by the United States in 2016, according to an estimate conducted by Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations. The vast majority of bombs were dropped in Syria (12,192) and Iraq (12,095). The remainder was dropped in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. “This estimate is undoubtedly low,” Zenko points out, “considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, and a single ‘strike,’ according to the Pentagon’s definition, can involve multiple bombs or munitions.”

Three U.S. drone strikes were carried out in Yemen in January, reportedly killing between 6 and 13 militants, according to data complied by New America. Two of the strikes were authorized by President Donald Trump. According to the Director of National Intelligence, the U.S. conducted 526 counter-terror strikes (most of them drone strikes) during President Obama’s tenure in office. The U.S. government estimates 64 to 117 civilians were killed in the strikes, though independent estimates put this number much higher. This official data does not include strikes in areas of “active hostilities,” including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, where it is believed U.S. drone strikes have been particularly devastating to civilians.

30 Yemenis, most of them civilians, were killed on Jan. 29 when U.S. commandos carried out a raid targeting al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen. Among those killed in the first military raid authorized by President Trump was 8-year-old American citizen Nawar al-Awlaki, the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was extrajudicially killed by a drone strike in October 2011 and whose 16-year-old son Abdulrahman was killed in a drone strike two weeks later. An American service member was also killed in the January raid, which the president described as “successful.”

1,000 Yemeni children die every week from preventable diseases, according to UNICEF. An estimated 2.2 million children in the poor, war-torn nation suffer from malnutrition, according to the agency.

Seven years after being jailed for leaking American military and diplomatic documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Chelsea Manning had her sentence commuted by President Obama on Jan. 17. Manning’s leaks led to a greater public critique of U.S. military action in the Middle East. Manning is set to be released on May 17, after originally being scheduled for release in 2045.

1,363 civilians were killed in violence in Iraq in January, according to Iraq Body Count.

64 percent of Americans oppose the U.S. withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran, according to a poll conducted by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation in late December.

82-year-old Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack on Jan. 8 in Tajrish, Iran. The two-time president and former chairman of the Assembly of Experts was one of the most influential politicians in Iran. A leader of the 1979 revolution, Rafsanjani was a mentor to current President Hassan Rouhani and used his power to give greater legitimacy to more “moderate” forces within Iran.


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Humanist Group to educate congress about the Johnson Amendment



Tomorrow January 31, 2017, the American Humanist Association will host briefings in both the US House and Senate to educate legislators and their staff about the importance of protecting the Johnson Amendment, a piece of legislation that prevents religious organizations from violating the separation of church and state by endorsing political candidates. The US House briefing will be held at 11:30am, and the US Senate briefing will be held at1:30pm.

WHERE: The US House briefing will be held at Cannon 340, and the US Senate briefing will be held at Russell 485, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The briefing will feature experts on the topics of religious freedom and campaign finance, including: Policy Counsel Jennifer Ahearn of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Executive Director Amanda Tyler of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and Political Action Committee Coordinator Ron Millar of the Freethought Equality Fund. American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt and American Humanist Association Development and Communications Director Maggie Ardiente will also be in attendance.

A repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which was passed in 1954 to protect the separation of church and state by prohibiting religious and other non-profit organizations from engaging in political activity, including endorsing and funding political candidates would be devastating. Already, a bill has been introduced in this session of Congress, HR 172, which would overturn the Johnson Amendment. The American Humanist Association, as well as other church-state separation groups and organizations for campaign finance reform, are concerned that without the Johnson Amendment, churches and other religious organizations could funnel anonymous, tax-deductible donations to candidates who promise to carry out their religious practices into policy.

About the American Humanist Association

Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

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‘Doomsday Clock’ is 2 1/2 minutes to midnight

Is the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight? Global Zero says yes. If you are unfamiliar with the Doomsday Clock, it marks how close humanity is to the start of nuclear war. This week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the infamous Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, marking the increased likelihood of global catastrophe. The Doomsday Clock now stands at 2-and-a-half minutes to midnight. This is the closest the world has been to the brink, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, since the United States and the Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs in 1953.

In reaction to the Bulletin’s decision, Derek Johnson, the executive director of the international Global Zero movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons, issued this statement:

The decision to move the Doomsday Clock is alarming, but not surprising. This is due in part to rising geopolitical tensions and the enormous nuclear modernization programs that are pending in many nuclear-armed countries, including the United States.”Johnson continues A single modern nuclear weapon has more destructive force than all of the bombs detonated in World War II combined. There are 15,000 of these weapons in the world today, and 95% of them are now under the absolute control of two authoritarian nationalists. Today’s decision to move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight makes it crystal clear this is no time to ‘wait and see.’ We must act urgently to roll back the Clock and reduce the risk of nuclear catastrophe. And the only way to completely eliminate that risk is to eliminate the weapons globally.

As an immediate next step, Global Zero recently endorsed the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669), which requires a Congressional declaration of war prior to launching nuclear weapons except in response to an incoming nuclear attack. The legislation would limit the ability to start a nuclear war on a leader of the free world’s own initiative, which the current system allows.

A petition to #RollBackTheClock and support the bill was launched todayEarlier this year, Global Zero co-founder and former nuclear launch officer Dr. Bruce Blair published a startling piece in POLITICO outlining various nuclear scenarios facing now-President Trump and highlighting the inherent danger of U.S. reliance on a “red button” nuclear system primed for first-strike and rapid-launch.

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Benefits of TimerCaps: Fighting Opioid Addiction | Opioid Epidemic

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At the beginning of 2016, President Obama made a commitment to invest $1.1 billion to help address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic but what is the status of the fight against opioid at the start of 2017?  Opioid and heroin addiction is destructive to the core of community wellness. The addiction destroys lives and tears apart families and communities alike. In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdoses— nearly 900 died in Maryland. It is clear communities can no longer ignore this public health emergency. With additional government funding states could fund more prevention and treatment programs to stop this epidemic in its tracks.

In 2016 House Republicans joined with Democrats to pass several bills to address the opioid crisis, but none of these bills provided the essential funding that partners on the frontlines of this crisis need. More can be done and must be done. That is why the  Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act was introduced to provide more than $1 billion in new federal resources to combat the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic, including $930 million to expand access to medication-assisted treatment in every state and $50 million to expand substance use treatment capacity. This epidemic has become a runaway train barreling through every family and every community in its path and the stakes are high.

July 2016, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) with sweeping bipartisan support.  This was an important and meaningful step in the nation’s efforts to address its prescription opioid and heroin public health crisis. The House of Representatives passed CARA with an overwhelming 407-5 vote.  The Senate followed suit with a near unanimous vote of 92-2.  The bill will fund grants for treatment expansion for opioid use disorder through recovery networks, strengthen state-based prescription drug monitoring programs, and increase the availability of opioid overdose reversal drugs.

Also there are provisions to provide services for pregnant and postpartum women and monitor access to treatment for veterans. The legislation also requires a task force to identify best practices for pain management and encourages new research on this topic. But the association and social workers must continue to ensure that funding is sustained for the activities outlined in CARA.  As The White House noted in its response to CARA’s passage, 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose and states are in need of dedicated funding sources to provide adequate access to treatment and support services like the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

What will it take to overcome the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic is a major problem due to inadequate packaging because Medicare and payers are being short-sighted. Today, all CVS, Rite Aid and other major pharmacies have a preventive solution they are not getting paid to carry out because Medicare and payers refuse to pay for compliance packaging on opioids.  In other words the unwillingness to reimburse is causing, contributing and exacerbating the opioid epidemic unnecessarily.

Larry Twesky TimerCaps to fight opioid addiction

CEO of TimerCap LLC, Larry Twesky, leads a compliance packaging company that makes it possible for people to track their medications on the bottle that opioids are dispensed in while keeping vital labeling information. Their product is being sold in about 13,000 pharmacies around the country and doctors and the Surgeon General are not talking about it because Medicare doesn’t cover compliance packaging.

According to Persistence Market Research, the opioids market is estimated to account for $42 billion dollars by 2021 and the organization Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, states nearly 21 million Americans struggle with substance addictions.


Timer_Cap_Fight_Opioid_addiction.jpgEvery 19 minutes an American dies from an opioid or heroin overdose. The consequences of this abuse have been drastic as the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has quadrupled in the United States since 1999. One of the biggest causes of opioid addiction is that less than 50% of patients take their medications as directed, with the biggest cause of that being forgetfulness.


On-going solutions for fighting opioid

TimerCap, a California-based company is offering a solution to prevent opioid addiction. They offer a vial cap, sized to fit most pharmacy vials, with a built-in LCD timer, that automatically keeps track of the time passed. The vial cap is useful to help people remember when they last took their medication or also indicate that someone else wrongly opened the vial. The TimerCap is the compliance packaging that is needed to prevent opioid abuse and available at all CVS and Rite Aid locations. It is important that more people be reminded there are simple and inexpensive solutions to remember when they last took their medication, which would reduce opioid abuse. Learn more about TimerCap.

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“Defunding” Planned Parenthood: Who does it hurt?

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Can Obama Care truly offer universal healthcare in America?

In the last days of President Obama’s time in office, he is fighting for health law as republicans stand firm on their vow to repeal his Affordable Care Act (Obama Care). What is the future of the Affordable Care Act? No one can really say. President Obama’s signature health care plan is being defended by the democrats on Capitol Hill while President-elect Donald J. Trump warns Republicans to let Obama care “fall of its own weight.”

The Republicans want to repeal Obama Care altogether while the Democrats want to find ways to improve the Affordable Care Act – they even have a slogan: “make America sick again” to get public support on keeping Obama Care in tact. By a vote of 51 to 48, the Senate is taking the first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act via a budget resolution or blueprint that would clear a path for legislation repealing of major provisions of Obama’s signature health care law. And next week the House is expected to take up a budget resolution. Republicans are hoping the Trump administration acts on a series of executive orders that will make it easier to repeal the Affordable Care Act but it will be hard to repeal Obama Care because removing parts of the law could put the health care market in chaos.

If Republicans want to repeal Obama Care, they need to offer Americans an effective replacement and show the added value that replacement can offer citizens. 20 million poor and working-class Americans now take advantage of Obama Care to make sure they have health insurance. Read Why It Will Be Hard to Repeal Obama for more insight on the situation.

Two components of Obama Care Trump would like to keep are:

– Affordable healthcare for Americans with pre-existing conditions
– Let children stay on their parents’ policies until age 26

While Trump may support getting rid of cost-sharing subsidies and contraception coverage. The problem at hand now with the Affordable Care Act is that young, healthy people may not necessarily want to give to the insurance pool because they may feel it’s a waste of money if they are not going to go regularly to medical and dental appointments. The Obama care subsidies and the mandate right now need young, healthy people to help pay for older, sicker customers. If they did not give to Obama care, insurance companies would have to raise premiums and that could make millions Americans under the health care plan be priced out of insurance.

Fromgirltogirl’s thoughts on improving Obama Care

The only way any system, including a universal #healthcare system, becomes favorable is offering added value to all parties affected. In other words #insurance companies, #healthcare providers and #patients must feel like they are winning within the system. It’s harder to completely replace a system than make adjustments to improve a system. Regardless of industry, there’s one thing everyone likes to hear and see: a problem resolved or a system improved. If you can’t solve problems or improve a system, you’ll struggle to find support and won’t make progress on goals. A great way to find problems/resolve them is to focus on the user experience. Most valuable information you can have: complaints because knowing complaints can help anyone find creative ways to resolve issues. If Obama care can help Insurance companies keep down cost cross the system, more Americans will buy into the market place. This buy-in will make Obama Care profitable for insurance companies and health care providers while making healthcare affordable by the year for buyers. The big challenge is how to get to this point. Send commentary to Fromgirltogirl about your thoughts on how to improve the healthcare system and truly give universal healthcare to Americans.

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OPINION: Should Israeli Settlements expand in the West Bank?

Should Israeli Settlements expand in the West Bank? It’s a controversial question. As a Middle East Studies scholar, Israelis and Palestinians need a state where both parties are equally represented in politic decisions. Moreover, I think the settlements should be integrated such as America has integrated communities, work among other communities and aim to develop and support a culture of tolerance. You do not have to like everybody but respect is fundamental to any type of successful interpersonal relationship. At the end of the day, land disputes are about greed and as someone who comes from a heritage of diaspora, I understand that both groups have gone through challenges as well as defeats, but there comes a time when you cannot simply go off the past. Be present for the future and learn from the past to make way for a better tomorrow. This is that moment for Israelis and Palestinians to come together to set up healthier relationships between each other. At the end of the day, you cannot take the land with you after death but you can work together now so generations following can truly reap the benefits of the land together. Below are great videos from Vox.com. One explains the history of Israeli settlements ( Israeli settlements explained in 8 minutes) and the second gives first hand encounters from those known as Israeli settlers.

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Best Children’s Books for girls: ‘Mommy, Can Girls Be President of the White House?’

Since Hillary conceded to Donald Trump during the 2016 election, little girls in the United States have this question: ‘Mommy, Can Girls Be President of the White House? ‘ Now this question is a topical children’s book must read for little girls with big dreams. Vibrantly written by S.A. Gallot, ‘Mommy, Can Girls Be President of the White House?’ is a gift to every child bewildered by the 2016 Presidential election results, and a love letter to every girl who dares to dream of shattering the highest of glass ceilings.


Against all odds and polls, Donald Trump won the electoral college vote over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and across the world, reactions varied from anger, to sadness, and even jubilation. For the majority of parents however, the question on their minds was: “What will I tell my children?” With the release of ‘Mommy, Can Girls Be President of the White House?’ by S.A. Gallot, caregivers, teachers, Moms and Dads now have a loving, entertaining and kid-friendly answer. Through the eyes of AmyLou, the book examines gender inequality, potential, and the delicate process of raising girls into strong, educated and empowered women.

“While Hillary Clinton was not elected President, I still think her message holds true,” says Gallot. “Even exhausted and battered from such a tremendously difficult night – she managed to convey to young women that they matter, and that they must not give up. What a gift that was. It’s that same sentiment that I explore throughout the book.” 

The election didn’t give the country its first female President, but the message of hope and strength should be the message every mom with a little girl should be sharing with her. Don’t stop believing. Join the movement and read this book with your beloved little girl because Yes, Girls can still be President.

A raising daughters book begins with a question. During a bonding moment in the kitchen, while baking a cake and other goodies with her mom, inquisitive AmyLou asks the question if girls can be President. Like any doting mother raising girls, she says “yes” to encourage her beloved that girls and women — like men — can be anything and do anything in the world if they set their minds to it. And it all begins with a dream. Encouraged by her mom’s reply, AmyLou starts to dream of what she will do when she becomes the leader of the Free World — putting an end to gender inequality in America. It’s an early reading book for girls growing up.

“What’s fascinating to me about child development is that ideas can be planted so early,” says Gallot. “We should be encouraging and mentoring our girls and boys with positive and empowering images and text from the get-go. This isn’t just a book for girls – boys will absolutely benefit from learning about sexism and inequality so they can go on to become allies and friends to the women in their lives.” For Gallot, this book is deeply personal and a true labor of love.

“I joined the vast majority of Americans the day after election in weeping for our country. How a bully could win over a qualified women is something I think we’ll be debating for years to come. However, I want to turn those emotions into action. We need a movement for equality – and it starts with our children. It starts with education. It starts with teaching our girls that they have every right to dream the biggest dreams their souls can imagine.” ‘Mommy, Can Girls Be President of the White House’ is available now: http://amzn.to/2flyhbT.

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Mommy, can girls be President of the White House? Hint: Despite gender inequality in America, the answer is a big YES!

About the Author S.A. Gallot:

Author S.A.Gallot believes that life is best experienced from the mind of a child. ‘Mommy, Can Girls Be President Of The White House?’ is her debut Children’s Book for girls growing up. Gallot second book is in draft. When not envisioning new and memorable characters for future books about mothers raising girls, she spends time changing the world.Her mantra: Don’t forget the butterflies. Pascale LaFond is a France-based illustrator who has “more than 15 years experience in the Children Books industry.”

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Army Secretary Eric Fanning Insight on Army of the Future


Secretary of the U.S. Army, Eric Fanning is discussing the importance of diversity, budget stability, and innovation at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at 11 a.m.  The interview by the Library’s Deputy Director of National and International Outreach, Colleen Shogan, will take place in the historic Members Room at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

Fanning was appointed the 22nd Secretary of the Army by President Barack Obama on May 18, 2016. In that capacity, Fanning has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications and financial management.

Previously he served as acting secretary of the Army from November 2015 through January 2016, and before that was designated acting undersecretary of the Army and chief management officer. Fanning also served as the secretary of the Army’s senior civilian assistant and principal adviser on matters related to the management and operation of the Army, including development and integration of the Army program and budget. As chief management officer (CMO) of the Army he advised the secretary on the effective and efficient organization of the Army’s business operations and initiatives for the business transformation of the Army.

Previously Fanning served as the defense secretary’s chief of staff. He helped manage the secretary’s transition, built his leadership team and oversaw the day-to-day staff activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From April 2013 until February 2015, Fanning served as the 24th undersecretary of the Air Force. As undersecretary and chief management officer of the Air Force, he oversaw an annual budget of more than $110 billion in his role as co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision-making entity, the Air Force Council. He also led the Air Force Space Board, the Air Force Energy Council, the Force Management and Development Council, and many other Air Force decision-making bodies.

About the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

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