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    Dedication of Plaque Honoring Senator Bob Dole

    Tom Brokaw emceed the dedication of plaque honoring Senator Bob Dole for his lifelong support of American Veterans and his instrumental role in establishing the World War II Memorial.

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    Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration

    President Bush and other dignitaries addressed the large crowd at the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown. The president talked about the history of…

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony

    The 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was observed with a Veterans Day ceremony at The Wall. Keynote addresses were given by Senator Chuck Hagel and General Colin…

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    Role of Interior Department in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

    Past and present Department of the Interior secretaries testified on the department’s role in BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They also addressed past government regulation and…

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    National Christmas Tree Lighting

    President Bush and the first lady participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the opening holiday ceremonies on the Ellipse for the 2008 Pageant of Peace. Entertainment included: country music…

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    Misconduct Involving Oil and Gas Royalty Collections

    A hearing was held on reports from the Interior Department inspector general on misconduct involving oil and gas royalty collections. The reports alleged that employees helped to rig bids,…

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    Federal Response to Hurricane Gustav

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies held a media briefing on the federal response and actions to be taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

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    National Christmas Tree Lighting

    President Bush and the first lady participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the opening ceremonies on the Ellipse for the 84th annual Christmas Pageant of Peace. The…

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    Historic Preservation

    Preservation dignitaries celebrated the introduction of bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize the Preserve America and Save America’s Treasures programs, co-sponsored by Senators…

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    Status of the Bald Eagle

    Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne removed the American bald eagle, once nearly extinct, from the threatened species list at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial. The eagle was moved from…

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    National Parks Initiatives

    Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary Bomar released their National Park Centennial Initiative report to President Bush “The Future of America’s…

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    Oil Drilling Proposal

    Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne announced a proposal for expanded oil and natural gas development on the U.S. outer continental shelf. The U.S. will lease the outer continental shelf…

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    Fiscal Year 2008 Interior Department Budget

    Secretary Kempthorne testified about the proposed fiscal year 2008 budget for the Department of the Interior. Among the topics addressed were land management programs, operation of the…

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    Energy and Environmental Policy

    Secretary Kempthorne was interviewed about Interior Department issues. Topics included the 100th anniversary of the National Parks, oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaskan wilderness…

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    National Park Service Management Policies

    A news conference was held to release the National Park Service fs revised final draft of the 2006 management policies which emphasized conservation programs over use and access of National…

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    Secretary of the Interior Swearing-In Ceremony

    President and Mrs. Bush participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

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    Rolling Thunder Rally

    Rolling Thunder held its annual Memorial Day rally honoring U.S. veterans, prisoners of war and those missing in action. It was described as a demonstration of the First Amendment right to…

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