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People Are Loving @POTUS's Summer Playlists

Sat, 2015-08-15 10:25

Yesterday, the White House joined Spotify — and our DJ-in-Chief, President Obama, treated the world to his personal summer playlists (one for the daytime, one for the evening). If you missed it, check out his playlists here.

Obviously, the internet was pretty excited about it. So without further ado, here are some of our favorite responses:

.@POTUS Welcome to Spotify, Mr. President
— Spotify (@Spotify) August 14, 2015

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Weekly Address: Continuing Work to Improve Community Policing

Sat, 2015-08-15 06:00

In this week's address, the President spoke about the work the Administration is doing to enhance trust between communities and law enforcement in the year since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
In May, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released their final report setting out concrete proposals to build trust and enhance public safety. And across America, local leaders are working to put these ideas into action in their communities.

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Mixing and Mingling with Salt Lake City High-Growth Entrepreneurs

Fri, 2015-08-14 15:44

Last month, our agency held its annual District Director conference in this beautiful, mountain-rimmed city.  It was an energetic and chock-full agenda because not only did we have great...

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West Wing Week: 08/14/15 or, "That's Why We Do What We Do"

Fri, 2015-08-14 14:02

This week, we sat down with senior administration officials take a look back at some of the history-making moments that illuminated the fabric of America. Watch what they had to say:

"Sometimes there's days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."

President Barack Obama


"The notion that cynicism is the right way to operate has been blown out of the water by the events really of the last several months, particularly this summer."

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Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Promotes Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Pittsburgh

Fri, 2015-08-14 11:48

Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews traveled to Pittsburgh to engage with the city’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs and see how the Steel City has become an innovation hub by bringing together its research institutions, incubator and accelerator partners, and technology associations.

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love

Fri, 2015-08-14 11:32

Maxine Paul, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Pitch Love, an adaptive learning management system that teaches people through feedback and data, believes that innovation is essential to creating solutions that have a large impact on many different people. In order to continue progressing, we need to expose the future generation of entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds to innovation earlier and more often. 

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The White House Just Joined Spotify: Listen to the President's Summer Playlist

Fri, 2015-08-14 10:24

Your summer just got a little groovier.

Today, the White House joined Spotify — and our inaugural playlist was hand-picked by none other than President Obama. When asked to pick a few of his favorite songs for the summer, the President got serious. He grabbed a pen and paper and drafted up not one, but two separate summer playlists: One for the daytime, and one for the evening.

President Obama discusses his summer playlists with Jason Goldman, Chief Digital Officer, in the Oval Office, , Aug. 7, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Follow Along: Re-Opening Our Embassy in Havana, Cuba

Fri, 2015-08-14 09:29

On July 1, President Obama announced that the United States had agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries. 

The last time we had an embassy in Cuba was in January of 1961, when we severed diplomatic relations at the height of the Cold War.

Today, more than 54 years later, Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Havana to re-open our embassy and take a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people.

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The White House Digital Team Picks: Our Favorite Blog Posts of All Time

Thu, 2015-08-13 15:43

We've got a bunch of pretty big nerds here in the Office of Digital Strategy — we get really excited about things like responsive design, intuitive scrolling, and RSS feeds. So, predictably, we're pretty thrilled about the recent revamp of our blog. To mark the occasion, we've put our heads together and selected some of our favorite posts from over the years.

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile

Thu, 2015-08-13 13:59

Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile, attended the Commerce Department’s Open for Innovation event because she was interested to learn what established corporations and startups were doing to innovate their products and companies. Through events like Open for Innovation, she believes the government has the ability to attract a caliber of businesses that entrepreneurs would not have an opportunity to meet with otherwise, providing valuable networking opportunities. 

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