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National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center

I made the 2 hour trek to the second half of the National Air and Space museum. From downtown DC, I had to take the train + 2 buses to get there. It was worth it to see one of the retired space shuttles though! This museum displays objects, like Discovery, from the Smithsonian collection that are too large for the museum on the National Mall. 

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March 12 - White House Press Briefing Room
I wasn’t going to leave DC without making it to an event at the White House. I covered a Michelle Obama event on my last day and even got to hang out in the White House Press Briefing Room. 

March 12 - White House Press Briefing Room

I wasn’t going to leave DC without making it to an event at the White House. I covered a Michelle Obama event on my last day and even got to hang out in the White House Press Briefing Room. 

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March 8 - White House Tour

A friend from high school and I were lucky enough to get tickets to tour the White House. Compared to the Capitol, I thought the building was underwhelming. It’s also a lot smaller than I expected. Nevertheless, it was pretty cool to be able to take pictures on the Obamas’ front steps (no cameras allowed inside).

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March 1 - House and Senate Office Buildings

Every congressman has an office in one of these six buildings, and te spaces are also used for committee meeting and hearings. They are connected to the Capitol and each other through the underground Capitol subway system.

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First lady, Kermit thank military families
The first lady, Kermit and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted about 200 people for an advance screening of the new Muppets movie at the White House.

First lady, Kermit thank military families

The first lady, Kermit and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted about 200 people for an advance screening of the new Muppets movie at the White House.

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Statuary swap: 4 more states working to update their statues in U.S. Capitol
Michigan, California, Alabama and Kansas, have replaced one of their statues in the U.S. Capitol. The states swapped out out lesser-known figures with statues of prominent Americans. On March 25, Iowa will become the fifth state to make a change when it unveils the likeness of environmentalist Norman Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol.

Statuary swap: 4 more states working to update their statues in U.S. Capitol

Michigan, California, Alabama and Kansas, have replaced one of their statues in the U.S. Capitol. The states swapped out out lesser-known figures with statues of prominent Americans. On March 25, Iowa will become the fifth state to make a change when it unveils the likeness of environmentalist Norman Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol.

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March 1 - United States Botanic Garden

The garden has a orchid exhibit right now. I loved all the lady slippers because they reminded me of the ones on Nana’s farm (even though the botanic garden didn’t have a true Minnesota pink and white lady slipper).

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March 1 - James Garfield Memorial

Located on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, the Garfield memorial honors the 20th President of the U.S. In 1881, after serving only four months in office, Garfield was assassinated by Charles Guiteau, who was disappointed to have not received an ambassadorship from the new administration.

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March 1 - Newseum

DC’s Newseum is a museum of the history of journalism. It includes the largest piece of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. Newspapers from around the world send their front pages electronically to the The Today’s Front Pages gallery. Every day, the front page from a paper in every state and more than 80 countries is displayed. The 9/11 room chronicles how Sept. 11 was reported around the world.  The centerpiece is a section of the broadcasting antenna that stood atop the North Tower. The Journalist Memorial, which lists the names of reporters who have been killed on the job, is also part of the museum.

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Rubio announces bills to spur job creation
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., outlined his 2014 economic plan for America. He called for increased investment in American businesses, policies that support innovation and expanded access to global markets.

Rubio announces bills to spur job creation

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., outlined his 2014 economic plan for America. He called for increased investment in American businesses, policies that support innovation and expanded access to global markets.