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Celebrating Gospel Music: "Where Their Dreams Took Flight"

Wed, 2015-04-15 16:10

The President and First Lady hosted music legends and top gospel artists at the White House yesterday for the latest installment of “In Performance at the White House.” The evening of musical performances paid tribute to the fundamental role that gospel music has played in shaping American history and culture.

“Gospel music has evolved over time, but its heart stays true," the President said. “It still has an unmatched power to strike the deepest chord in all of us.”
Watch the President’s full remarks here:

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The Arts Connect People and Perspectives by Building Welcoming Communities

Wed, 2015-04-15 15:38

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the National Endowment for the Arts' blog. See the original post here.

Jane Chu and her parents.

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10 Reasons You Can't Afford to Stay Out of the Working Families Policy Discussion

Wed, 2015-04-15 13:10

Ed. note: The following piece was originally posted on Tune in today at 2:35 p.m. ET to watch the President answer questions about working women and family issues. Want to join the conversation? Post your questions and comments in the comments section of related posts on BlogHer and SheKnows -- or on social media using the hashtag #ObamaTownHall. 

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Strengthening Communities by Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

Wed, 2015-04-15 12:21

Immigrants and refugees have come to our shores in search of opportunity and freedom since before the founding of our nation. The process of integrating into a new land – to achieve self-sufficiency, political and civic involvement, and social inclusion – can be difficult but the rewards can be immense. We are both children of immigrants and can attest to the success that stems from successful integration into the fabric of our nation.

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Tens of Thousands of People Have Shared This: Why It's Time for Equal Pay

Wed, 2015-04-15 11:50

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day -- the date that marks how many days into 2015 the average woman would have to work to make what the average man did in the previous year.
The average American woman will have lost $420,000 over her lifetime because of the earnings gap. Share this video if you agree it's time to fix that.

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Get Your 2014 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

Wed, 2015-04-15 10:10

Want to know how your federal taxes are spent?
President Obama is keeping his promise to make sure you can easily see where your taxes are going.
Here’s how it works: Enter a few key pieces of information, and the Taxpayer Receipt gives you a breakdown of how your taxes are spent on America’s priorities, like education, veteran benefits, and health care. This year, the tool is designed to work across devices, so you can use the tool on your phone or tablet as well as your laptop or desktop computer.

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What They're Saying: Mayors Across the Country Endorse President Obama’s Trade Agenda

Wed, 2015-04-15 06:00

In the 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama laid out his plan for Middle Class Economics, which he dedicated to “the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same set of rules.
As a centerpiece of that Middle Class Economics strategy, President Obama has proposed and fought for the most significant trade agenda in American history, and for good reason – because Made-in-America exports unlock economic opportunity for the American people.

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Before You Export: 5 Tips for Gathering Market Intel

Wed, 2015-04-15 00:00

Did you know that more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United...

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This Friday: Tech Meetup at the White House

Tue, 2015-04-14 16:55

On Friday, April 17, the White House will host local leaders from all across our “Innovation Nation” at the first-ever White House Tech Meetup.

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