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#LeadOnLeave Notes from the Road: Seattle

Wed, 2015-04-01 15:39

Today I’m excited to be in Seattle kicking off a nationwide road show that will shine a spotlight on the issue of paid family leave, and I hope you’ll follow along. As I’ve written on the blog before, the United States lags behind the rest of the world on paid leave. But places like Washington State are making progress, and we want to highlight that progress and encourage other states and cities to follow suit. We’re calling the tour, “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America.”

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Our Latest Tool to Combat Cyber Attacks: What You Need to Know

Wed, 2015-04-01 09:44

"Starting today, we’re giving notice to those who pose significant threats to our security or economy by damaging our critical infrastructure, disrupting or hijacking our computer networks, or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit." -- President Obama

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Expanding Our Ability to Combat Cyber Threats

Wed, 2015-04-01 08:54

As the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, I advise President Obama on the range of security challenges facing the United States every day, from terror threats at home and abroad and pandemic disease, to natural disasters and cybersecurity. Cyber threats are at the top of the President’s list of security concerns.

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Upholding the Principle of Fairness in Our Criminal Justice System Through Clemency

Tue, 2015-03-31 15:23

Building on his commitment to address instances of unfairness in sentencing, President Obama granted 22 commutations today to individuals serving time in federal prison. Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime.

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What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Historic Opportunity to Protect Our Oceans, Forests, and Wildlife

Tue, 2015-03-31 11:28

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers a substantial opportunity to advance American interests and values, including a once-in-a-generation chance to protect our oceans, wildlife, and the environment.

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SBIR Pulse: A “Start Up Hub” For Entrepreneurs Looking to Make A Difference

Tue, 2015-03-31 00:00

Interview #3: David Zipper, Managing Director at 1776
Incubators, accelerators, and startup hubs are an emerging and important part of the high-tech...

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Southern Hospitality in Cola City - Welcoming and Innovative

Tue, 2015-03-31 00:00

After almost a full week of traveling, the SBIR Road Tour concluded its South East leg in Columbia, South Carolina.  Innovators are the rock stars of this country, and as we saw, all across the...

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Get Out and #FindYourPark

Mon, 2015-03-30 20:03

"For a century, rangers, and interpreters, and volunteers and visitors have kept alive what the writer Wallace Stegner once called 'the best idea we ever had' — our belief that the country’s most special places should belong not just to the rich, not just to the powerful, but belong to everybody — not just now, but for all time."
— President Obama

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President Obama Helps Dedicate the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Mon, 2015-03-30 17:58

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Mass., March 30, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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AmeriCorps Program Improves Childhood Literacy

Mon, 2015-03-30 17:34

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Corporation for National and Community Service's blog. See the original post here.

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