The United States Government is currently controlled by members of the Republican Party. The nation is lead by President Warren G. Harding (OH). His Vice-President is former Governor of Massachusetts Calvin Coolidge. Congress, along with The White House, is also Republican controlled with Speaker of the House Frederick H. Gillett (MA) and Senate Majority Leader Henry Cabot Lodge (MA). The third branch of government is lead by Chief Justice William Howard Taft, President of the United States from 1909 to 1913. 1922 was a big year for the Government of the United States. On February 7, the Five Power Naval Disarmament Treaty was signed between United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy. On April 7, the Teapot Dome Scandal brought to light corruption in the government over naval oil reserves. Also, on October 3, Rebecca Felton of Georgia became the first female United States Senator, when the governor of Georgia gives her a temporary appointment, pending the election of a replacement for Senator Thomas Watson, who had died suddenly. She did not take office till November 21, and thus served for only one day.
Some news points more tangible to the public include that on January 28, snowfall from the Knickerbocker storm, the biggest-ever recorded snowstorm in Washington, D.C., caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse, killing 98. In addition to this massive snowfall, on May 12, A 20-ton meteorite lands near Blackstone, Virginia.