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Congress Passed the Global Food Security Act. Here's Why That's Historic

July 06, 2016

Today, Congress took an historic step by passing the Global Food Security Act, an important piece of bipartisan legislation that reaffirms the United States’ commitment to ending global hunger, poverty and child malnutrition. 

As National Security Advisor, I’ve always considered food security to be not only a security imperative but also a moral imperative. And as the wealthiest nation on Earth, I believe the United States also has a moral obligation to lead the fight against global hunger and malnutrition and to partner with others to do so.

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Letters to the President: Reflections on Growing Up as Muslim Americans

July 06, 2016

President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, Muslims in America and around the world are breaking fast and celebrating the end of Ramadan with family and friends. President Obama offered the following statement: 

Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe.

 

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An Update On Our Mission in Afghanistan

July 06, 2016

Today, President Obama provided an update on our mission in Afghanistan, announcing that the U.S. will maintain approximately 8,400 troops there through the end of his Administration.

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Chart of the Week: How Automation May Impact the Way We Work

July 05, 2016

This week, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough moderated a Facebook Live conversation between transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase and software futurist Martin Ford about automation, robots, and how they impact the way we work and live. In their conversation, they talked about the fact that the less you make in hourly wages, the more likely it is that your job will be replaced by automation. 

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When to Hire a Copywriter and How to Work With One

July 05, 2016

Does your small business need a copywriter? Many small business owners try to save money by writing copy for their marketing materials, websites and ads themselves. However, unless you have...

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On Independence Day, We Remember that “Freedom is Not Free”

July 02, 2016

For the past seven years, President Obama and his family have celebrated the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. This year, the United Service Organizations (USO) - a partner of the Joining Forces Initiative - is observing its 75th anniversary across 180 locations around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and of course at the White House.

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Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July

July 02, 2016

In this week’s address, President Obama wished everyone a happy Fourth of July, and recognized our service members, veterans and their families for their service to our country. The President commended First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden on the most recent milestone of their Joining Forces initiative.

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West Wing Week 07/01/16 or, "Pop and His People”

July 01, 2016

This week, we follow the President to Silicon Valley and Ottawa, Canada, the First Lady to Liberia, Morocco and Spain, and the Vice President as he wraps up a trip to the land of his ancestors. That’s June 24th to June 30th or, “Pop and His People.”

 

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Secretary Pritzker Travels to Colorado to Promote Department of Commerce Initiatives

July 01, 2016

This week, Secretary Penny Pritzker traveled to Colorado to participate in several events highlighting the efforts and successes of the United States Department of Commerce. While there, she was a guest speaker at an Innovation Roundtable hosted by Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), attended the second the Second Anniversary of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Rocky Mountain Office and participated in the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Independence Day

July 01, 2016

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues across the country.
In honor of our nation's birthday, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled the following statistics:
2.5 Million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
321.4 Million

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