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Why President Obama Is Taking Steps to Demilitarize Local Police Forces

Mon, 2015-05-18 19:44

Today, President Obama traveled to Camden, New Jersey -- a city that has struggled with one of the nation's highest violent crime rates.
Dedicated to building a stronger, safer community, the Camden County Police Department and the community have worked together to help police do their jobs more safely, to reduce crime, and to create more economic opportunity in communities that have been saddled with a history of isolation. 
As President Obama said, it will take a concerted, "all-hands-on-deck" effort to change the odds for these communities: 

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10 of Our Favorite Replies from Day One of the @POTUS Twitter Account:

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:59

Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015

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The Faces of Health Care: Alison S.

Mon, 2015-05-18 18:09

"I am overcome with gratitude that you have had the courage to make these preventative health services available to all women."
— Alison S.

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Introducing @POTUS: President Obama's Twitter Account

Mon, 2015-05-18 11:40

President Barack Obama tweets his first tweet from his new @POTUS account from the Oval Office, May 18, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, with a tweet from the Oval Office, President Obama launched @POTUS, the official Twitter account of the President of the United States.
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015

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Launching the Police Data Initiative

Mon, 2015-05-18 06:00

Today, the President is in Camden to talk about the promising progress that city is making in enhancing community policing. Last December, President Obama launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to better understand specific policing challenges and help communities identify actions they can take to improve law enforcement and enhance community engagement. Since that time, we have seen law enforcement agencies around the country working harder than ever to make the promise of community policing real.

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So You’d Like to Start a Home-based Baking Business: Now What?

Mon, 2015-05-18 00:00

Martha Stewart famously entered the food service business with her basement-based catering company in the 1970s – but it takes hard work and lots of homework to make it that far.  While a home-...

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President Obama Honors Fallen Peace Officers

Sat, 2015-05-16 11:05

Yesterday morning, President Obama attended the National Peace Officers Memorial Service where he honored 131 peace officers who died in the line of duty this year and met with the families of the fallen law enforcement members. The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, held annually at the U.S. Capitol, is part of National Police Week and pays tribute to the men and women – beat cops, deputies, detectives, correctional and forest service officers, federal agents, and tribal police - who have put themselves in harm’s way so that others could live in safety.
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Weekly Address: Creating Opportunity for All

Sat, 2015-05-16 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, May 15, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Week In Review: A Commencement Address, Discussing Poverty, and a Business Spark

Fri, 2015-05-15 18:51

This week, the President traveled to Nike headquarters, welcomed entrepreneurs to the White House, sat down for a discussion on poverty in America, and took important steps to eliminate any ambiguity around the reforms that the Affordable Care Act calls for. The First Lady also had a busy week, which included delivering a powerful commencement address at Tuskegee University--the only university in America to be designated as a National Historic Site. 
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.

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The President and Vice President’s 2014 Financial Disclosure Forms

Fri, 2015-05-15 16:30

Today, the President and Vice President released their 2014 financial disclosure reports.

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