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Decking the National Christmas Tree with Codes of Jolly

Thu, 2014-12-04 19:08

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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When Tribes Compete, Tribes Can Succeed

Thu, 2014-12-04 18:17

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez meets with 15-year-old Ki Fredeen at Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Fab Lab on Monday, July 21, 2014. Fredeen was showing the Secretary how he uses a 3-D printer to produce small art pieces.

(by U.S. Department of Labor)

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Why Global Health Security Is an Emergency

Thu, 2014-12-04 11:09

In June 2012, the world missed a deadline, without fanfare and without public outcry: Eighty percent of countries failed to meet the global timeline to be prepared to battle biological threats like Ebola.
Two years, thousands of lives, and billions of dollars later, most countries still don't have in place all the capacity they need to prevent Ebola from spreading or other biological threats from igniting. Consequently, we don't have in place the global system we need — the smoke alarm — to alert us when an outbreak flares.

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How and When to Grow Your Small Business

Thu, 2014-12-04 00:00

So, your fantastic business idea has launched, you’ve seen some success and you’ve finally hit an operational groove. Then things hit a bit of a plateau. You wonder, is it time to grow? If so...

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President Obama Speaks with the Business Roundtable

Wed, 2014-12-03 18:52

President Barack Obama delivers remarks and participates in a Q&A during the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable at the Business Roundtable Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Grand Jury Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

Wed, 2014-12-03 17:39

Ed. Note: This post was updated on December 4, 2014. 
Yesterday, a grand jury in Staten Island decided not to bring criminal charges against police officers involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. 
Speaking at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference yesterday evening, President Obama delivered the following statement: 

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Historically Slow Growth in Health Spending Continued in 2013, and Data Show Underlying Slow Cost Growth Is Continuing

Wed, 2014-12-03 17:06

New data out today from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed that 2013 was another year of historically slow growth in health care spending and that 2011, 2012, and 2013 saw the slowest growth in real per capita health care spending on record. Today’s data make it increasingly clear that the recent slow growth in the cost of health care reflects more than just the 2007-2009 recession and its aftermath, but also structural changes in our health care system, including reforms made in the Affordable Care Act.

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Announcing the Winners of the First-Ever White House 3D Printed Ornament Challenge

Wed, 2014-12-03 14:03

Click here to see the photo gallery.

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Keeping Up with the Cabinet: Equality, Fairness, and Opportunity

Wed, 2014-12-03 13:50

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
I’ve been involved in civil rights work for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of victories and setbacks. But in recent years, the speed of our progress on equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans has been nothing short of astonishing. The Labor Department has played an important role in that progress, and I’m proud to continue it today.

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