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Email from President Obama: "The U.S. and Cuba"

December 18, 2014

Earlier today, President Obama sent this message to the White House email list about his recent announcement on Cuba. Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.

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Watch: The President's Science Advisor Answers Your Questions About Climate Change

December 18, 2014

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Last month, Dr. John Holdren -- the President's science advisor -- invited the public to ask him anything about climate change on social media using the hashtag #AskDrH.
Since then, he's gotten a lot of questions. Brandon, a seventh-grader, wanted to know if climate change will affect him during his lifetime. A number of people asked whether climate change is driving extreme events, like the heavy snowfall we've seen recently in Buffalo, New York. Some people wanted to know what Dr. Holdren is doing to prevent climate change himself. 

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NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Implements New Products to Help U.S. Coastal Communities Become More Resilient

December 18, 2014

The 2014 hurricane season is over and, once
again, no major hurricanes (Category 3 of higher on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale) struck the United States. That's a record nine years in row! Of course, it's foolish to believe
this remarkable streak will last, and we have to be ready for it to end next
season. 

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JCCT Day One Emphasizes A Shared Vision of Global Economic Partnership

December 18, 2014

Secretary
Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Froman, along with a high-level
Government of China delegation led by Vice Premier Wang Yang, kicked off a day
of side events with American and Chinese private sector leaders around the
Joint Commission on Trade and Commerce (JCCT). For the first time, the JCCT
schedule included a full day of events designed to facilitate private sector
engagement with officials from the U.S. and Chinese governments.  

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The Faces of Health Care: Mavis C.

December 18, 2014

"I have never wanted to ask anyone for anything, but when [the Affordable Care Act] made this surgery possible for me, I just had to write you a thank you letter."

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2014 Has Seen Largest Coverage Gains in Four Decades, Putting the Uninsured Rate at or Near Historic Lows

December 18, 2014

Earlier this week, the National Center for Health Statistics released new data on health insurance coverage during the second quarter of 2014, the first federal survey data that largely capture the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period. These new data confirm earlier findings that 2014 has seen dramatic reductions in the share of Americans without health insurance, reductions that correspond to an estimated 10 million people gaining coverage since before the start of open enrollment.

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Honoring Our Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families During the Holidays

December 18, 2014

Holiday decorations at the Naval Observatory Residence, in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President Obama: "Happy Hanukkah, Everybody!"

December 17, 2014

We've koshered the kitchen and set up the menorah. And this afternoon, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed hundreds of guests here at the White House for the second night of Hanukkah.

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Judicial Nominations: Accomplishments and the Work That Lies Ahead

December 17, 2014

Before the Senate adjourned last night, it confirmed 12 federal district court nominees, for a total of 307 lifetime-appointed federal judges confirmed during President Obama’s first six years. These confirmations include two Supreme Court Justices, 53 circuit court judges, 250 district court judges, and two Court of International Trade judges. Over the past two years, the Senate has confirmed 134 judges—44% of President Obama’s judicial confirmations, and the most in a two-year Congress since 1979-1980. We’re proud of all of our nominees and grateful to the Senate for its action.

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What They're Saying: The President's Action on Cuba Policy

December 17, 2014

Today, the President announced the most significant changes to our Cuban policy in more than 50 years -- ending an outdated approach that has failed to advance our interests for decades.
People and organizations from around the world are weighing in. Take a look at what they're saying, and then add your voice to the conversation using hashtag #CubaPolicy.
"Commercial exchange between the U.S. and Cuban private sectors will bring shared benefits" —@USChamber: http://t.co/dgRlTCQdQs #CubaPolicy

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