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Week In Review: Banning Conversion Therapy, a Town Hall in Jamaica, and the Easter Egg Roll

Fri, 2015-04-10 19:53

This week, the President supported efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors, participated in a roundtable focused on how climate change is harming our health, traveled to Jamaica to hold a town hall with students and meet with CARICOM, and joined the First Lady in hosting the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.

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It's the Students

Fri, 2015-04-10 16:19

Dr. Jill Biden discusses with students ways in which leadership and civic engagement can increase student success at De Anza College, April 9, 2015. (Photo by James Gleeson)

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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2014 Tax Returns

Fri, 2015-04-10 15:00

Today, the President released his 2014 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $477,383. The Obamas paid $93,362 in total tax.
The President and First Lady also reported donating $70,712 – or about 14.8 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 33 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $22,012 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 19.6 percent.

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Why Conversion Therapy Hurts All of Us

Fri, 2015-04-10 14:48

This afternoon, Amanda Simpson -- Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, and the first openly transgender woman Presidential appointee ever -- sent the following message to the White House email list. Her message explains why "conversion therapy" is so harmful to all of us, and why it was important for the White House to stand up against the practice.
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Barack in Jamrock: The Young Leaders of the Americas Meet with the President in Jamaica

Fri, 2015-04-10 14:02

"Wah Gwan, Jamaica?"
President Obama headed to Kingston, Jamaica yesterday, meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, as well as other Caribbean leaders on the importance of improving energy security and fighting climate change. He later held a town hall with the Young Leaders of the Americas.

“It is your generation who will shape the future of our countries and our region and this planet that we share long after those of us who are currently in public service are gone from the stage.” – President Obama, April 9

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Keeping Up with the Cabinet: Engaging the Next Generation to Play, Learn, Serve, and Work in the Great Outdoors

Fri, 2015-04-10 13:11

The creative energy of youth, the serenity of nature, and the lessons of history are a winning combination for me. All three were present in this video from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, where I enjoyed an opportunity to roll up my sleeves alongside volunteers, young and old, to help plant rose bushes named for Coretta Scott King in the peace garden.

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West Wing Week: 04/10/15 or, "A Good Deal"

Fri, 2015-04-10 11:48

This week, the President made an important announcement about preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, traveled west to champion high tech jobs in Louisville -- and clean energy jobs in Salt Lake City, had some fun at the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, and flew to Jamaica for a meeting with leaders of Caribbean nations. That's April 2nd to April 9th or "A Good Deal."
 

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This Day in History: The Beginning of the End for the Civil War

Thu, 2015-04-09 18:38

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Join a Tumblr Q&A on Issues Facing the LGBT Community

Thu, 2015-04-09 17:04

Ed. Note: The live Q&A has concluded. You can check out the full conversation below:

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Using Technology and Data to Improve Community Policing: The Police Data Initiative

Thu, 2015-04-09 15:17

President Barack Obama speaks to the press after a meeting with members of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 2, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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