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President Obama Honors the 2015 Super Bowl Champions: The New England Patriots

April 23, 2015

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Today, President Obama welcomed the 2015 Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, to the South Lawn of the White House to celebrate their 2015 NFL championship.
The event this afternoon honored the NFL champions as part of the President’s broader push to recognize athletes and sports stars for their contributions to their communities and their leadership on and off the field.

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Chart of the Week: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Improves on NAFTA

April 23, 2015

President Obama is the first to say it: Past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype.
Coming from Illinois, he saw first-hand how trade could devastate small-town communities as manufacturers moved overseas in search of lower wages. Previous trade deals like NAFTA also failed to put in place tough labor and environmental standards, leaving American workers to fight an uphill battle on an uneven playing field. 

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Empowering Young Minds at the White House

April 23, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama takes questions during the annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" event in the East Room of the White House, April 22, 2015. The First Lady met with children of Executive Office employees, and local young people from the Boys and Girls Club and D.C. Child and Family Services.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Vice President Biden Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Announcing It’s On Us Progress

April 23, 2015

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“Violence against women is not a women’s issue alone. It’s a man’s issue as well… So to all of the guys out there—you have to step up. That’s how we can change the culture on campus and around the country to one that understands no means no.”
– Vice President Biden
Today at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Vice President Biden is honoring April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month by sharing an update on the Administration’s efforts to help combat sexual assault, especially on college and university campuses.

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The President Addresses the Nation on a U.S. Counterterrorism Operation in January:

April 23, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 23, 2015, regarding the January U.S. Government counterterrorism operation against Al-Qaida that killed hostages Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al-Qaida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national held by Al-Qaida, since 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Happy Earth Day: Here's What You Said You're Fighting For

April 22, 2015

Earlier this week, we asked White House email subscribers to share a photo of the outdoors spot that they would fight to protect from the effects of climate change. Today, we sent the following message to the White House email list highlighting some of the amazing responses we received. 
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10 Animals the President’s Trade Deal Will Help Protect from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

April 22, 2015

What’s a pangolin? 
A “walking pinecone”? A modern-day dinosaur? Your Google Earth Day Quiz result? There are lots of different ways to describe the pangolin — a cat-sized, scaly creature that lives in Southeast Asia and Africa. But here’s one indisputable fact about the pangolin: It is the most trafficked animal in the world.

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You’re Invited: A White House Social for the Japan Arrival Ceremony

April 22, 2015

Next week, President Obama and Vice President Biden will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States -- and we want you to join.
The Prime Minister will begin his U.S. visit with an arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn the morning of April 28. Arrival ceremonies began during the Kennedy Administration and have evolved into the traditional way to welcome visiting world leaders. 

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Historic Photos: A Look Back at Presidential and Cabinet Trips to the Everglades

April 22, 2015

Today, in honor of Earth Day, President Obama is traveling to the Everglades – the tropical wetlands in the southern part of Florida.

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Follow Along: Earth Day 2015

April 22, 2015

President Obama celebrated Earth Day this week by visiting the Florida Everglades where he spoke about the threat that climate change poses to our economy and to the world. While there, he sat down with Bill Nye the Science Guy to discuss that threat, conservation, and science education in America. Watch that conversation below:

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