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Most Popular Topics of 2013

Like many other years, 2013 had its ups and downs.

We celebrated new life when a baby prince was born across the pond. We watched a landmark Supreme Court decision in the ruling on the Defense Against Marriage Act. We witnessed history when one Pope stepped down and another was elected. We mourned as a nation after the Boston Marathon bombings and we paid respects after Nelson Mandela died.

Through the ups and downs of this year, we’ve shared information with you on many different subjects. Here’s what was most popular on our blog and on USA.gov in 2013.

Popular Blog Posts:

  1. What is Money Made Out Of?
  2. Tips for Saving Energy in the Winter
  3. Changes to Federal Benefits after Supreme Courts Ruling on DOMA
  4. Weather visualization animated gif
  5. Government shutdown
  6. Northern lights over Iceland
  7. JFK and his children in the Oval Office
  8. First female pilot in the Afghan Air Force
  9. Southern lights animated gif
  10. Rosa Parks statue unveiled at the Capitol

Popular Pages on USA.gov:

  1. Home Page
  2. Unclaimed Money from the Government
  3. A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
  4. Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid for Citizens
  5. Government Jobs
  6. Government Shutdown (page no longer available)
  7. American Holidays
  8. Contact Elected Officials
  9. Government Sales and Auctions
  10. Government Departments and Agencies

Popular Links on USA.gov:

  1. Government Jobs
  2. Search by State for Unclaimed Money
  3. Federal Government Surplus and Seized Property Sales
  4. Contact Your U.S. Senators
  5. Federal Benefits
  6. Federal Grants
  7. Contact Your U.S. Representatives
  8. Unclaimed Tax Refunds
  9. Unclaimed Pensions from Former Employers
  10. Free Annual Credit Report

Popular Searches on USA.gov:

  1. Jobs
  2. Passports
  3. Immigration and Citizenship
  4. Benefits and Grants
  5. Social Security
  6. Affordable Care Act
  7. Credit Report
  8. Taxes
  9. Auctions
  10. Unclaimed Money

Every month we update USA.gov with the most popular pages, links, and search terms. See what’s trending now.

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How to Order a Flag that Flew over the Capitol

The “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Old Glory,” the “Stars and Stripes” — no matter the name, the American flag is a familiar, important symbol of our nation.

And what could be more authentically patriotic than owning a flag that flew on top of the Capitol Building?

Since 1937, when a member of Congress requested a flag flown on the top of the Capitol, a part of the duties of the Architect of the Capitol has been to distribute requested flags to members of Congress - and the general public.

Currently, the Architect of the Capitol fulfills requests from the members of the Senate and the House, averaging about 100,000 flag requests annually with a steadily increasing number of requests each year. To request your own personal 3-by-5-foot or 5-by-8-foot flag, you should contact your representative or senator directly.

To find contact information for your Congressional representatives, visit:

If you’re interested, visit the Architect of the Capitol’s website to learn more about their duties. The position has existed since the laying of the Capitol cornerstone in 1793 - serving as builder and steward of some of the country’s landmarks, including the Capitol Building, the Senate and House office buildings, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Botanical Garden.

And to learn more about the flag request process, check out this PDF of a flag request form, the guidelines for ordering flags or the flag policy from the Architect of the Capitol’s office.

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From the National Archives:

What is it like to photograph the most powerful person in the world? Four Presidential photographers share their stories on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.
Join us in person or watch on our Ustream channel.
A panel moderated by Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House Press Secretary during President Clinton’s first term, includes veteran Presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Sharon Farmer (Bill Clinton), and Eric Draper (George W. Bush).
The panel will discuss their photographs and their personal recollections of photographing the Presidents.
Presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association and the White House Correspondents’ Association.
This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

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From the National Archives:

What is it like to photograph the most powerful person in the world? Four Presidential photographers share their stories on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.

Join us in person or watch on our Ustream channel.

A panel moderated by Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House Press Secretary during President Clinton’s first term, includes veteran Presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Sharon Farmer (Bill Clinton), and Eric Draper (George W. Bush).

The panel will discuss their photographs and their personal recollections of photographing the Presidents.

Presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association and the White House Correspondents’ Association.

This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

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Image description: If you’re looking for a great read, check out the National Archives Today’s Document Tumblr. You’ll find pictures and videos highlighting unique moments in history. Plus Time Magazine just named the blog one of 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013!

From the National Archives:

#ICYMI: Today’s Document was featured in timemagazine's 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013!

Not only can you “impress your friends over cocktails,” we can also attest that Today’s Document will give you a formidable advantage when playing those high stakes games of furlough Trivial Pursuit (original Genus edition).