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Breaking News: Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama
On October 9, “the Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

Health Care Reform
Supporters and opponents of health care reform share an overriding concern: how much reform might cost, and how it would be financed. The United States, unlike many other advanced economies, does not have a universal health care system funded by the national government or state governments. The country has a mix of private nonprofit and for-profit insurance coverage and public programs.

Explore the United States
The National Parks -"America's Best Idea" - Writer and historian Wallace Stegner called the national parks in the United States "the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." In 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the world, its creation spawning a worldwide national parks movement.

"New York's 400th" - 2009 marks New York’s Quadricentennial celebration commemorating 400 years of history on the Hudson River, New York Harbor and Lake Champlain.

Literature: Lisa See - "Shanghai Girls"
Nearly 50 million students are heading off to approximately 99,000 public elementary and secondary schools for the fall term, and before the school year is out, an estimated $543 billion will be spent related to their education.

New eJournal: Climate Change Perspectives
The September 2009 edition of eJournal USA, Climate Change Perspectives, explores how governments, international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, communities, and individuals working together might effectively mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

2010 Doors to Diplomacy
The Department of State and the Global SchoolNet Foundation announce the 2010 "Doors to Diplomacy" award competition, recognizing the student-created Global SchoolNet Web projects that best teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month


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Updated: October 9, 2009