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Weekly Address: Calling on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits this Holiday Season

Sat, 2013-12-07 01:00

In this week’s address, President Obama says that before Congress leaves for vacation, they should extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million hardworking Americans who will lose this lifeline at the end of the year.

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West Wing Week 12/05/13 or, "Olde English"

Fri, 2013-12-06 05:00

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President spoke on the importance of addressing economic mobility and supporting implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visited fasting immigration reform activists, marked World AIDS Day, celebrated Hanukkah, and visited a local bookstore for Small Business Saturday. That's November 29th to December 5th or, "Olde English."

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The Employment Situation in November

Fri, 2013-12-06 04:30

With solid job growth in November – in addition to strong data on manufacturing activity and auto sales – it is clear that the recovery continues to gain traction. Today’s report was yet another reminder of the resilience of America’s private sector following the disruptive government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship in the first half of October. Nevertheless, today’s jobs numbers show that too many Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer are still struggling to find jobs.

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New Report: The Economic Benefits of Extending Unemployment Insurance

Thu, 2013-12-05 04:00

The United States economy continues to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and while substantial progress has been made, more work remains to boost economic growth and speed job creation. Despite ten consecutive quarters of GDP growth and 7.8 million private sector jobs added since early 2010, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high at 7.3 percent, and far too many families are still struggling to regain the foothold they had prior to the crisis.

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Small Business Saturday is November 30th

Fri, 2013-11-29 06:00

Update: See how President Obama and Administration Officials celebrated Small Business Saturday 2013 over at Storify.

November 30 is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses in the holiday season and all they do for their communities. 

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West Wing Week 11/29/13 or, "Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs"

Fri, 2013-11-29 04:00

Welcome to this Thanksgiving Edition of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President traveled to the west coast for a three day, three city swing, sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters, met with student entrepreneurs, held a video conference with Peace Corps volunteers, and announced a breakthrough in diplomatic talks with Iran. That's November 22rd to November 28th or "Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs."

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