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West Wing Week: 07/03/15 or, “Amazing Grace”

Thu, 2015-07-02 20:07

This week, the President signed a bipartisan trade deal, welcomed the President of Brazil to the White House--and showed her one of our national treasures--hosted 50 girls in green on the South Lawn for a campout to celebrate the great outdoors, answered questions about healthcare in Tennessee and online, and traveled to Wisconsin to announce new overtime protections for hard-working Americans. That's June 26th to July 2nd or, "Amazing Grace."

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This Day in History: President Lyndon B. Johnson Signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Thu, 2015-07-02 15:29

"My fellow citizens, we have come now to a time of testing. We must not fail. Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole."
— President Lyndon B. Johnson, upon signing the Civil Rights Act

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Meet Nick: One in 5 Million Americans Who Could Be Helped by the Overtime Rule

Thu, 2015-07-02 13:09

It's a simple premise: A hard day's work ought to lead to a fair day's pay. 
The problem is, our current legal code doesn't reflect that simple truth. We're doing something to change that.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay to nearly 5 million workers. That would mean that most salaried workers making less than an estimated $50,440 next year would now be guaranteed overtime pay.
Nick may be one of them.
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Asked and Answered: Hannah's Song

Thu, 2015-07-02 12:20

This is the latest post in our "Asked and Answered" series, in which we periodically feature an exchange between the President -- or a Senior Administration Official -- and an American who wrote him. If you'd like to write the President yourself, you can do so here.

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The Employment Situation in June

Thu, 2015-07-02 09:30

The economy added 223,000 jobs in June as the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. Our economy has now added 5.6 million jobs over the past two years, the strongest two-year job growth since 2000. But despite this progress, there is more work to do. We must continue to build on the positive trends underlying our economy by ensuring that Americans working overtime receive a fair day’s pay, opening new markets for U.S. goods and services through expanded trade, increasing investments in infrastructure, providing relief from the sequester, and raising the minimum wage.

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This July 4th, We Salute Veterans Who Own Small Businesses

Thu, 2015-07-02 00:00

Independence Day is right around the corner, and as the preparation begins for 4th of July festivities, it’s important to recognize the contributions that veterans have made not only while in...

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A New Federal Pilot Program for Small and Emerging Pension Fund Managers

Thu, 2015-07-02 00:00

Editor's note: This blog is by Nick Perkins, MBDA Business Development Specialist and first appeared at...

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Count the Blessings of Citizenship

Thu, 2015-07-02 00:00

On July 4, 1776, fifty-six men in Philadelphia had a choice. They could continue to live under tyranny, or they could take a stand for liberty...

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Kelly Wrote the President About Health Reform -- Today, She's With Him in Nashville.

Wed, 2015-07-01 15:09

Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them.

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Secretary Pritzker Speaks on Workforce Training, Increasing Market Access and Protecting the Digital Economy at 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

Wed, 2015-07-01 14:46

At the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discussed the Department’s efforts to keep America’s businesses and workers competitive through workforce training, increasing market access around the world, and protecting the digital economy.

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