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Excerpts from President Obama's BET Interview on Race Relations, and the Progress We Still Have to Make

Wed, 2014-12-10 12:31

President Barack Obama interviews with Jeff Johnson of BET in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

In light of the unrest across the country following the recent police-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others, President Obama sat down with BET's Jeff Johnson to share his thoughts on race relations in America, and our next steps forward as a country.
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President Obama Answers Questions on Immigration in Nashville

Wed, 2014-12-10 12:06

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President Obama traveled to Casa Azafran in Nashville yesterday to speak with Tennesseans and answer a few questions about the recent steps he took to fix our broken immigration system. 
Nashville is a city brimming with the vitality that immigrants bring to a local economy and culture. As the President said, immigrants are woven into the very fabric of who we are: 

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Skills Pillars in Ensuring U.S. Competitiveness

Wed, 2014-12-10 10:54

Guest blog post by Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA and Member of the Commerce Department's National Advisory Council on Innovation and EntrepreneurshipIt’s an honor to serve with such distinguished members of NACIE and to
have a voice in this national conversation about innovation and
entrepreneurship.  This is an especially
personal topic to me. Innovation and entrepreneurship are in my blood – and a
part of my heritage. I’m the son of international students from China who
sought – and largely achieved – the American dream in Delaware, where I grew up

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8 Steps to Becoming a Consultant at 50+

Wed, 2014-12-10 00:00

When we think of entrepreneurs, we often picture young, tech-savvy millennials. But the face of American entrepreneurship is actually quite different. A recent...

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When the Rubber Hits the Road: Teaming Up with NASCAR to Act on Climate

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:48

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, announce with NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney the Administration's partnership with NASCAR, tire manufactures and retailers to raise awareness of tire safety and actions to cut carbon pollution and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, in front of the West Wing of the White House, Dec. 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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BEA Operational Improvements Enable Agency to Publish More Regional Economic Statistics

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:42

Operational improvements at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
mean the public will soon get to see more regional economic data. These
improvements will safeguard businesses’ private information, while ensuring
vital regional data is available to policy makers and other data users. BEA is
constantly looking at ways to better provide the information that users need
while protecting the confidentiality of employers’ records.

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Improving Outcomes for Our Nation’s Foster Youth

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:41

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Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden, Valerie Jarrett, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack welcomed over 100 current and former foster youth from across the country to celebrate several new announcements aimed at improving the outcomes of youth in and aging out of care. As part of this effort, the White House hosted the stars and creators of the new movie Annie to highlight the issue of foster care.

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You’re Invited to Deck the Halls at the 2014 White House Holiday Social

Tue, 2014-12-09 15:04

In keeping with President and First Lady's vision to make the Obama White House as accessible as possible, a few times a year the White House opens its doors to people who engage with us on social media. And that time has come, once again! On Monday, December 15, we are inviting tweeters, instagrammers, viners, and Facebook fans from across the country to take part in the 2014 holiday festivities and learn about the White House holiday preparations at the 2014 White House Holiday Social.

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Leading America’s Workforce

Tue, 2014-12-09 13:14

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Today, the President honored the incredible innovation, energy, and commitment of the senior leaders of America’s federal workforce. These public servants come from all walks of life and from every corner of America to carry on the proud tradition of dedicating their careers to serving others.
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President Obama Takes Over the Colbert Report

Tue, 2014-12-09 12:03

As the Colbert Report winds down to its final episode, Stephen Colbert traveled south to George Washington University last night to sit down with President Obama -- or, as Stephen prefers, the man who once sat down with Bill O'Reilly. 
It was a memorable meeting of two great leaders -- one of the free world, the other of "medium cable ratings." They discussed health care reform, the President's recent actions on immigration, climate change, and the presidency vs. punditry. 
Of course, the President had the final word -- or decree -- on health care:

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