MorningScoop: Buying Alaska, Telework and Snakes on a Plane

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Check for the purchase of Alaska, 1868

The check above looks a little different then the one we mailed last week to pay our car insurance (the wife recently got checks featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow), but is actually the one the United States used to pay the Russians for Alaska in 1868. The U.S. paid a cool $7.2 million for the 600,000 square mile territory that celebrated its 62nd birthday yesterday as the country’s 49th state. More on the purchase of Alaska

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Some interesting numbers from NIST …

NTIA by the numbers

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OSTP Director John Holdren’s favorite places …

Guard Bureau Chief Joins Joint Chiefs of Staff

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Army, Commerce Department, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Departments, DOT, John Holdren, Military, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NHTSA, NTIA, OSTP, Ray LaHood, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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