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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Thu, 2015-08-27 11:20

This blog post will be updated throughout the day as the President travels to New Orleans to meet with the Mayor and residents who have rebuilt their lives since the storm. Stay tuned here for updates on the trip and to watch his remarks at 4:55 p.m. EDT.

Today's Schedule:


10:45AM        The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
11:00AM        The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to New Orleans, Louisiana


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Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2015

Thu, 2015-08-27 09:30

Real GDP growth in the second quarter was revised markedly upward, as consumers spent more and businesses invested more than previously estimated. The economy grew at a much faster pace in the second quarter than in the first, with strong personal consumption leading the rebound.

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Here’s How the Federal Government is Working with Local Communities to Create Change, in One Map:

Wed, 2015-08-26 09:00

As the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, it’s my job to oversee the implementation and enforcement of the President’s priorities across the Administration.

You might call us the nerve center where goals become initiatives, and initiatives become programs at work on the ground in local communities and states across the country.

With that in mind, let’s go back to basics for a second and focus on something we can all agree on:

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Countering Iran: How the U.S. and Our Allies Will Confront Iran’s Destabilizing Activities

Tue, 2015-08-25 11:26

Throughout our negotiations with Iran, we were clear-eyed about Iran’s efforts to destabilize the Middle East, and we resolved not to let the regime off the hook. In fact, from sponsoring terrorist activity to human rights abuses, Iran continues to pursue destabilizing activities in the Middle East region that the U.S. and our allies continue to monitor and address.

So why did the U.S. spend nearly two years negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran? 

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One Veteran's Perspective on the Iran Deal

Mon, 2015-08-24 13:03

This morning, Congressman Seth Moulton sent the following message to the White House email list to share why, as a combat veteran, he supports the Iran deal. You can learn more about the historic deal here:

I was in the first company of Marines to enter Baghdad in 2003.


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We Need Your Voice (and Nominations) for the Summit on Worker Voice

Mon, 2015-08-24 13:02

America is at its strongest when we work together to build prosperity that all of us contribute to and share. We are our best when the working men and women who are engines of economic growth are true partners in industry and innovation, with a robust voice in their workplaces. That’s why, last week, President Obama announced his intention to host a White House Summit on Worker Voice on October 7.

Now, we need your help finding workers, employers, and organizers from across the country to join this conversation.

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Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Pass a Responsible Budget

Sat, 2015-08-22 06:00

In this week's address, the President spoke to the economic progress that our country has made, from 13 million new jobs created over the past five and a half years, to 17 states raising the minimum wage. Congress needs to do its part to continue to help grow the economy, but instead left town last month with a great deal undone.

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Next Steps in Developing the Precision Medicine Initiative

Fri, 2015-08-21 19:48

The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is dedicated to enabling a new era of medicine through research, technology, and policies that will lead to the development of individualized, tailored treatments for patients. This vision will allow everyone to become an active participant in scientific discovery – furthering an open and inclusive model for better recruitment of and partnership with research participants. Why is this so important? We have seen incredible innovations in health care, and central to many of those advances have been people participating in research.

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West Wing Week: 8/21/15 or, "A Look Ahead"

Fri, 2015-08-21 10:00

Last week, we took you behind the scenes of some of the summer's most momentous White House moments. This week, we'll preview some of the exciting events on the President's schedule in the weeks to come.

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The 10 New Resilience AmeriCorps Cities Selected for Its Climate Resilience Pilot Program

Thu, 2015-08-20 17:57

We know that when it comes to action on climate change, some of the best work is happening in small towns and big cities across the country. 

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