Wellington, New Zealand - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Mr. Ambassador, Mark, thank you very, very much. Thank you also for your tremendous linguistic display a little bit earlier. (Laughter.) I’m delighted to be here with all of you. Minister Brownlee and General Keating, thank you very much for honoring us by being here today, and to all of you parliamentarians, counselors, and distinguished guests all.

Washington, DC - The Vice President spoke with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman earlier.  The Vice President thanked the Sultan for his continued leadership in seeking to defuse regional tensions and advance a political and security settlement in Yemen.  

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has charged that in numerous instances, prepaid card company NetSpend Corporation deceived consumers, many of whom do not have bank accounts, about access to funds deposited on defendants’ debit cards.

Washington, DC - The peaceful transfer of power is a bedrock principle of our democracy.  The President was grateful for the time and care put into the 2008 transition by President Bush’s Administration. That is why he directed his team last year to make a smooth transition between administrations a top priority of his final year in office even as he remained committed to using every remaining day of his presidency to deliver on his agenda for the American people.

Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces the successful conclusion of the first year of the “Arkansas Declaration of Learning” program, a first-in-the-nation, public-private partnership that works collaboratively with school librarians and educators in the fields of art, English language arts, and social studies to develop innovative curriculum that brings history and art to life and shares the importance of civic engagement with students in grades 7-12.