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Regional Forums to Provide Input and Ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Tue, 2015-01-13 16:22

Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on aging on the key issues affecting older Americans. These forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the upcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging. 

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The Faces of Health Care: Maria V.

Tue, 2015-01-13 13:13

"Thank you so very, very much for giving people like me, who have a pre-existing condition, Obamacare!"

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An Education Law that Ensures Opportunity for All Students

Tue, 2015-01-13 12:55

Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the first major piece of legislation to support disadvantaged students in America’s public schools: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The passage of that law was significant in that it focused, in President Johnson’s words, on both the “quality and equality in schooling that we offer our young people.” For 50 years, the law has persistently focused on expanding and protecting educational opportunity.

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President Obama Honors the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs

Tue, 2015-01-13 10:26

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Yesterday afternoon, President Obama welcomed the San Antonio Spurs to the White House in honor of their 2014 NBA championship win, their fifth title in the past 15 seasons.
"This is an organization that has been marked by excellence -- one of the best in professional sports," the President said.
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5 Pillars of Small Businesses Success

Tue, 2015-01-13 00:00

What does it take for a small business to achieve success?
Whether you’re already in business, or preparing to start a business, it takes hard work, tenacity and drive to achieve a high...

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The President Announces New Actions to Protect Americans' Privacy and Identity

Mon, 2015-01-12 18:01

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In the lead-up to the State of the Union next Tuesday, President Obama's been traveling across the country unveiling some of the ideas he'll be talking about in the address.
Today, he stopped by the Federal Trade Commission offices to talk about how we can better protect consumers from identity theft and safeguard everyone's privacy, including our children. He laid out a number of new steps and proposals, which you can read more about below.

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Email from Dan Pfeiffer: "Your Memo for the President"

Mon, 2015-01-12 17:45

Earlier today, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent a message to the White House email list asking readers what they want to see get done in the President's last two years. Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.

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2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit Is Now Open for Business

Mon, 2015-01-12 14:08

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Commerce's blog. See the original post here.
In my first year as Secretary, one of my proudest moments was welcoming international investors to the 2013 SelectUSA Investment Summit. Alongside President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, we made it clear that America is “Open for Business.”

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Strong Intellectual Property Fuels Investment

Mon, 2015-01-12 12:14

Many of the world’s greatest breakthroughs have something in
common – strong intellectual property (IP) protection provided by the United
States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In fact, IP protection was included
in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, who deemed
it essential for society “to promote the progress of science and the useful
arts securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to
their respective writings and discoveries.” Since Thomas Jefferson— the first

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Call for Ideas: Help Shape a Federal Immigrant and Refugee Integration Strategy

Mon, 2015-01-12 11:02

In November 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to fix our broken immigration system. As part of these actions, the President created a White House Task Force on New Americans. We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of this federal interagency Task Force, which will focus on the civic, economic and linguistic integration of new Americans and creating welcoming communities for all residents.
As the President’s memorandum states:

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