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West Wing Week: 12/26/14 or, "The Jazzy, Snazzy Holiday Special"

Wed, 2014-12-24 11:10

Welcome to this special holiday edition of West Wing Week. While we certainly hope you all are taking some time off to reflect on the meaning of the holidays and spend time with your loved ones, we also want to offer up some of our favorite White House holiday moments from this festive time of year.

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9 Ways We Geeked Out About Science and Technology in 2014

Tue, 2014-12-23 16:56

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House.
Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned our halls with robots, 3D printers, and science projects. We've continued to gather top expert-geeks online to discuss a range of topics such as asteroids, superhero science, the science of cooking, and extreme weather (including one dialed in from the bottom of the ocean).

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Open Enrollment Week 5: December 13 – December 19, 2014

Tue, 2014-12-23 14:54

Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' blog post on the latest Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers. Read the full post here.

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Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:25

By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation’s third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today. Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million.California remained the nation’s most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents, followed by Texas, at 27.0 million.

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2014: A Year of Action, Partnership, and Innovation at USDA

Tue, 2014-12-23 11:48

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

This has been a tremendous year for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the rural families and communities we serve.
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden recently shared a reflection on her most inspirational moments this year. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at USDA over the course of this year, and I thought I’d take a moment to share just a few of our top accomplishments.
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The Year in Review: Our 5 Favorite Joining Forces Moments of 2014

Tue, 2014-12-23 11:47

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden sit with Major General Jim McConville during the Joining Forces initiative event with service members, military spouses, and employers at the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell.

April 23, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Business Sunday Comes to South Florida

Tue, 2014-12-23 11:21

By Marie R. Gill,
Operator and Executive Director of the MBDA Business Center in Miami and Josh
Dickson, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
at the US Department of Commerce

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How Did We Do That? The White House Digital Holiday Decorations

Tue, 2014-12-23 11:08

This year, you can interact with the White House holiday decorations!
This year, technology is playing a big role in creating the holiday experience at the White House. One of the newest additions to the annual White House Holiday tour is an interactive digital snowscape that allows visitors to become a part of the festive display of Holiday decorations.

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The Faces of Health Care: Ryan P.

Tue, 2014-12-23 10:30

"Having insurance now won’t cure me, but maybe it will give me a chance to take control of my life again someday."

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Ryan from Austin, TX was able to find quality, affordable health insurance after enrolling in the exchange in Texas.
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Third Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2014

Tue, 2014-12-23 09:30

Today’s upward revision indicates that the economy grew in the third quarter at the fastest pace in over a decade. The strong GDP growth is consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing improvement in the labor market, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth. The steps that we took early on to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 already the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. Indeed, 2014 was a breakthrough year for the United States across a wide range of metrics important to middle-class families.

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