As multi-year sea ice continues to
disappear at a rapid rate, vessel traffic in the Arctic is on the rise. This is
leading to new maritime concerns, especially in areas increasingly transited by
the offshore oil and gas industry, cruise liners, military craft, tugs and
barges, and fishing vessels. Keeping all of this new ocean traffic moving
smoothly is a growing concern for safety's sake. It's also important to the
U.S. economy, environment, and national security. But what happens if there’s a
This afternoon, President Obama issued a statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot on Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri:
In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour—a move that would boost the bottom lines of businesses and increase the earnings of 28 million hardworking Americans.
It's a commonsense proposal that Republicans in Congress continue to block—which is why President Obama took action to raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts. And states, cities, and businesses across the country are doing their part, too.
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Last year, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda,” a bold policy agenda focused on boosting trade and investment, supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, and unleashing more government data. Yesterday, she took the Agenda on the road to California.Read More
President Obama released a statement this evening, following the passing of legendary stand-up comedian and actor Robin Williams:
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This afternoon, President Obama gave an update on the most recent developments in Iraq.
First, the President noted that U.S. forces have "successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect American civilians there." He also addressed our ongoing humanitarian efforts to help those who are stranded on Mount Sinjar, adding that we've deployed a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team to help.
As technology changes, government must change with it to address new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. This Administration has made important strides in modernizing government so that it serves its constituents more effectively and efficiently, but we know there is much more to do.
President Obama has authorized the U.S. military to execute targeted airstrikes in Iraq.
The President takes no decision more seriously than the use of military force. So it's worth taking a few minutes to make sure you understand exactly what is happening in Iraq right now, who is involved, and why we are taking action. Here are a few answers to some key questions Americans may be asking:
1. What exactly did the President do?
It's that time of year again! We're bringing back the Summer Mailbag edition of West Wing Week. If you've got a question about President Obama's policies, what it's like to work at the White House, or really, anything you've been meaning to ask about his day-to-day life or his Administration, we want to hear from you.
We're asking people across the country to submit their questions on social media -- and administration officials will answer some of them in West Wing Week. Here's how it works: