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Image description: In case you missed it, giant panda Bao Bao celebrated her first birthday at the National Zoo over the weekend. Check out some of the other pictures from her party.

Image description: In case you missed it, giant panda Bao Bao celebrated her first birthday at the National Zoo over the weekend. Check out some of the other pictures from her party.

Image description: Happy 98th Birthday National Park Service!
Today is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, entrance to all 401 national parks across the country is free! 
Enjoy the natural beauty of this nation by spending some time outdoors, and participate in special events planned to celebrate this big birthday. Kids can even earn their free Junior Ranger badge at almost any of the parks!
Photo of Glacier National Park from the Department of Interior

Image description: Happy 98th Birthday National Park Service!

Today is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, entrance to all 401 national parks across the country is free!

Enjoy the natural beauty of this nation by spending some time outdoors, and participate in special events planned to celebrate this big birthday. Kids can even earn their free Junior Ranger badge at almost any of the parks!

Photo of Glacier National Park from the Department of Interior

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From the Presidential Libraries:

John F. Kennedy at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice while on a trip to Europe with LeMoyne Billings in August 1937. From the JFK Library

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From the Presidential Libraries:

John F. Kennedy at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice while on a trip to Europe with LeMoyne Billings in August 1937. 

From the JFK Library

What to do if Someone Steals Your Identity

Identity theft occurs when someone steals your name and other personal information, such as your Social Security or driver’s license numbers, and uses it without your permission.

What to do if Someone Steals Your Identity
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft:

The FTC’s ID Theft Affidavit is a form that you can use to report information to businesses, notifying them that there is a fraudulent debt in your name. Download a copy of the ID Theft Affidavit (PDF | requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) or call the FTC’s ID Theft Hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) to get a copy.

Security Freeze
Some states allow you to place a “security freeze” on your credit report, which will keep businesses from issuing credit to a thief. The cost of a security freeze varies from state to state, and is not available in every state. Contact your state consumer protection office for more information about your state security freeze laws.

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From the Presidential Libraries:

White House Renovation, 1947-1952: The Red Room 

Shortly after moving into the White House, President Harry S. Truman noticed the signs of a building under serious physical stress.  Early in 1948, in response to the President’s concerns, engineering reports confirmed that the White House was in a serious state of disrepair.

Burned to the exterior walls in 1814, further compromised by the successive additions of indoor plumbing, gas lighting, electric wiring, heating ducts, and major modifications in 1902 and 1927, some said the White House was standing only from the force of habit.

The decision was made to move the Trumans across the street into the Blair House for three years while the White House underwent a complete reconstruction within its original exterior walls. 

The Truman Library is documenting the renovation of the White House on HistoryPin.  Take a tour through time with historic photos set against the contemporary setting of the Red Room.  So cool!