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Making Plans and Making Progress: How the Federal Government Can Lead by Example

Fri, 2014-10-31 10:52

Five years ago this month, President Obama signed his Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, setting new energy, climate, and environmental targets for federal agencies. The targets are aggressive, but under the President’s leadership, agencies have made significant progress in cutting carbon pollution, improving energy efficiency, and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

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What You Need to Know About New Rules to Protect Students from Poor-Performing Career College Programs

Thu, 2014-10-30 17:24

Yesterday, the Administration announced new regulations to protect students at career colleges from ending up with student loan debt that they cannot pay. The new rules will ensure that career colleges improve outcomes for students -- or risk losing access to federal student aid.

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West Wing Week: 10/31/14 or, "Giving and Sharing"

Thu, 2014-10-30 17:22

This week, the President continued to address the ongoing federal response to Ebola, worked to spur the growth of manufacturing and boost preparedness for natural disasters, and invited some of our youngest scientists and oldest veterans to the White House.

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What It's Like on the Front Lines of the Ebola Fight in West Africa

Thu, 2014-10-30 13:03

The very first thing you do when you arrive in Liberia is wash your hands in chlorine.
As I learned on my recent visit to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the simple acts of hand-washing and bumping elbows -- instead of shaking hands -- quickly begin to feel normal. As the Ebola epidemic overwhelms communities and threatens livelihoods in West Africa, this change in behavior is saving lives.

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What You Missed: Cooking with Sam Kass in the White House Kitchen

Thu, 2014-10-30 12:47

Yesterday, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and White House Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass joined DC Public Schools’ student Maurice Morris, and thousands of classrooms via livestream from around the country for a special inside look into the White House kitchen.
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Calling All Makers: Announcing the First-Ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge

Thu, 2014-10-30 10:58

Here at the White House, planning for the 2014 holiday season is already in full swing! The house is buzzing with activity as preparations for the most festive time of the year are underway.
Once again, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from around the country to tour the holiday decorations – and those that can’t make it in person will have the chance to explore the décor online. From Christmas trees and garlands to lights and ornaments, the holidays will be filled with wonder, delight, and excitement.

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Advance Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2014

Thu, 2014-10-30 09:30

Economic growth in the third quarter was strong, consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing improvement in the labor market, rising consumer sentiment, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth. Since the financial crisis, the U.S. economy has bounced back more strongly than most others around the world, and the recent data highlight that the United States is continuing to lead the global recovery.

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What Makes America Exceptional: President Obama Thanks U.S. Health Care Workers Fighting Ebola

Wed, 2014-10-29 18:45


Dr. Kent Brantly delivers remarks during an event with American health care workers fighting Ebola, in the East Room of the White House.

October 29, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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PAGE Entrepreneurs in Their Own Words – Steve Case

Wed, 2014-10-29 15:30

His first job out of college was
at Procter & Gamble, and a few years later he became a marketer for Pizza
Hut. You may now know him as the co-founder of AOL who ultimately brought
generations of Americans online and made “You’ve got mail” a household phrase.
You may also recognize him as an independent with friends in both
political parties, who helped broker some of the finer points of the JOBS Act,
the legislative package of bills that ease regulations on startups and
potential Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).

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NIST Celebrates World Internet Day: NIST Identifies Programs that help Private Industry and Academia Work toward better Cybersecurity

Wed, 2014-10-29 14:07

On Oct. 29, 1969, the
first electronic message was sent on ARPANET, the precursor to today’s
Internet. Despite crashing the system, that message is the reason today is
designated International Internet Day. To mark the day, and the approaching end
of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Charles Romine, Director of the Information
Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology,
has summarized NIST’s work on improving the security of the Internet and IT

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