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Week In Review: A State Dinner, An Anger Translator, and Books for Millions More Kids

Fri, 2015-05-01 13:30

From a humorous night at the White House Correspondence Dinner to a beautiful arrival ceremony and state dinner for the Prime Minister and First Lady of Japan, this was a busy week at the White House. President Obama attended his sixth White House Correspondents’ Dinner, hosted the Prime Minister and First Lady of Japan, welcomed the newly sworn in Attorney General, delivered remarks about the recent protests in Baltimore, and announced a new partnership to expand access to free books for American students.
In case you missed it, here are a couple highlights from the week.

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Steps Since SOTU: Progress Safeguarding Student Data

Fri, 2015-05-01 11:44

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In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his plan to make sure that new educational data remains safe. Urging action, the President said that Congress needed to pass legislation that better meets the growing threat of cyber attacks and identity theft. While speaking at the Federal Trade Commission in January, the President discussed protecting both parents and children from cyber threats.

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West Wing Week: 05/01/2015 or, “I Think That Works!”

Fri, 2015-05-01 11:11

This week, the President hosted the Japanese Prime Minister, joked around at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, visited the Lincoln Memorial, took a walk with the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, and participated in a “virtual field trip.” That’s April 24 to April 30 or, “I Think That Works!”

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On College Signing Day, First Lady Michelle Obama Asks Students to Reach Higher

Fri, 2015-05-01 09:37

Each year, the nation rallies behind promising athletes as they decide where they will take their prodigious talents. Families gather around the TV to watch the draft, commentators speculate on this prospect or the other and where they’ll play college football the next year, and fans daydream about what will become of their teams.
First Lady Michelle Obama believes that every student who has worked hard to achieve the monumental milestone of going to college should receive that same enthusiastic support, and that our country should celebrate college going with the same fervor.

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Harry Potter, Math Whiz, and Pencils: 3 Things You Didn’t Know About a Young President Obama

Thu, 2015-04-30 19:02

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"The most powerful engine for learning is between your ears." – President Obama 

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ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors

Thu, 2015-04-30 16:20

President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar entitled "Read to Discover a World of Infinite Possibilities," at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015. 6th-grader Osman Yaya moderates the event which is part of the "Of the People: Live from the White House" Virtual Field Trip series.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Healthy Aging Requires Livable Communities

Thu, 2015-04-30 11:54

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's blog. See the original post here.

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Email from President Obama: "My Fifth-Grade Teacher"

Wed, 2015-04-29 13:12

This morning, the President sent the following message to the White House email list, highlighting the importance of having good teachers on the road to higher education and a brighter future. He talked about the lasting influence of Ms. Hefty, his fifth-grade teacher, and asked readers to share their own education stories.

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President Obama on Why Transparency Matters in Securing the Most Progressive Trade Deal in History

Wed, 2015-04-29 10:35

Every comma, every period, every semicolon.
When it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama has taken important steps to include new voices and increase the transparency of our trade negotiations. From soliciting input from groups traditionally left out of negotiations like labor and environmental groups to supporting new provisions that require months of public review before a deal is signed, the Administration is committed to ensuring the maximum possible transparency throughout the negotiations.  

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Advance Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2015

Wed, 2015-04-29 09:30

Economic growth in the first quarter was restrained by factors including tepid foreign demand and harsh winter weather. At the same time, households saved most of their gains from low energy prices, Over the past four quarters, the most persistent and stable components of GDP — consumption and fixed investment — have grown 3.3 percent. This trend complements the strong pace of job growth and unemployment reduction over the last year. This report underscores that the U.S.

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