Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Todd Owen addressed false claims today on a call with media that CBP is separating families seeking asylum at U.S. ports of entry as part of the zero tolerance policy. The zero tolerance policy did not change or affect operations at U.S. ports of entry.

Washington, DC - Researchers at the National Cancer Institute evaluated the coffee-drinking habits of nearly half a million people, using demographic, lifestyle, and genetic data from the UK Biobank, to determine whether genetic variation in caffeine metabolism affects associations between coffee drinking and mortality risk. The investigators confirmed previous studies showing an inverse association between coffee drinking and mortality during the study period and found similar associations in participants with genetic variants conveying both faster and slower caffeine metabolism.

Washington, DC - Virus-like particles (VLPs) are protein-based structures that mimic viruses and bind to antibodies. Because VLPs are not infectious, they show considerable promise as vaccine platforms for many viral diseases, including influenza. Realizing that fine details about influenza VLPs were scant, a team of researchers who specialize in visualizing molecular structures developed a 3D model based on the 1918 H1 pandemic influenza virus. They say their research, which appears online in Scientific Reports, could benefit VLP vaccine projects, targeting a range of viruses from HIV to Ebola and SARS coronavirus. The research was conducted by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Washington, DC - The Spring 2019 White House Internship Program application is now open.

London, England - The First Lady and the President arrived in London, England on Thursday afternoon.  They were greeted by United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Woody Johnson; Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst; Secretary of State for International Trade, The Right Honorable Liam Fox; and Chief Executive Officer of the Stansted Limited Airport, Brad Miller.  The First Lady joined her husband in a meet and greet with United States Embassy staff and their families at Winfield House in London.  In the evening, the First Lady and the President met British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip May, and participated in an arrival ceremony at Blenheim Palace followed by a tour of the Winston Churchill exhibition.  Mrs. Trump and the President then attended a gala dinner in the Long Library at Blenheim Palace.

Washington, DC - Judge Kavanaugh’s clerks are racially and ethnically diverse. Since joining the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006, a quarter of his clerks have been members of a minority group. More than half, 25 out of 48, have been women. In 2014, all four were women—a first for any judge on the D.C. Circuit.