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As the Nation Ages, Seven States Become Younger, Census Bureau Reports

Thu, 2014-06-26 11:49

The median age declined in seven states between 2012 and 2013, including five in the Great Plains, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. In contrast, the median age for the U.S. as a whole ticked up from 37.5 years to 37.6 years. These estimates examine population changes among groups by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin nationally, as well as all states and counties, between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2013."We're seeing the demographic impact of two booms," Census Bureau Director John Thompson said.

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A Day in the Life: Rebekah from Minneapolis

Thu, 2014-06-26 11:15

Meet Rebekah.
This past March, a mom from Minneapolis named Rebekah wrote the President a letter about the increasing costs of taking care of her family. She told him about her day-to-day struggles, and let him know what she thinks needs to change.
Today, the President is traveling to Minnesota to spend some time with her.
That's because Rebekah's experience is representative of the experience of millions of Americans across the country right now: Even though our economy has undoubtedly made a comeback, too many folks are still stretched too thin.

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Intellectual Property Key to Protecting Pharma and Biotech Innovation

Thu, 2014-06-26 11:00

Did you know the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office plays an important role in getting biotechnology and pharmaceutical products to market? Biotech and pharma are major areas of patenting for the USPTO. In fact, since 2009, the USPTO granted more than 31,000 patents in the “Molecular Biology and Microbiology” classification, and about 30,000 in the “Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions” classification. There has also been a significant increase in recent years in patents granted for medical devices.

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Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap

Wed, 2014-06-25 19:40

Research shows that during the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Critically, what she hears has direct consequences for what she learns. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies that are half the size of their peers by age 3, putting them at a disadvantage before they even step foot in a classroom.

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President Obama Honors NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson

Wed, 2014-06-25 19:00

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This afternoon, President Obama welcomed six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his Hendricks Motorsports team members to the White House for his 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship.

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Administration Officials Reflect on Their Working Families:

Wed, 2014-06-25 18:15

This past Monday, Administration officials, businesses, economists, legislators, advocates, and working citizens came together for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families. The Summit focused on igniting a national conversation and setting a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.
These issues are real for everyone. Over the course of the past few months, senior Administration officials -- from the Secretary of Transportation to the First Lady's Chief of Staff -- have been sharing how they're real for them.

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Making We the People More User-Friendly Than Ever

Wed, 2014-06-25 14:57

With more than 14 million users and 21 million signatures, We the People, the White House's online petition platform, has proved more popular than we ever thought possible. In the nearly three years since launch, we've heard from you on a huge range of topics, and issued more than 225 responses.
But we're not stopping there. We've been working to make it easier to sign a petition and today we're proud to announce the next iteration of We the People.

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Safe and Responsible Oil and Gas Production as Part of President Obama’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

Wed, 2014-06-25 13:16

President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is working – enhancing our energy security, cutting carbon pollution, and spurring economic growth.
Since the President took office, U.S. production of electricity from wind has more than tripled, production of electricity from solar is up more than ten-fold, and production of oil and gas has grown each year. Today, the U.S. is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas.
Let’s drill down on the facts:

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True Story: Why You Don’t Want a Business Plan Writer

Wed, 2014-06-25 11:41

It’s been years since I was making a real living off of business plan consulting (I migrated to business plan software instead), but I had an exchange last week that reminded me of one of the biggest problems – and most common misunderstandings – related to business plans.
Not that you, in your situation, should never hire a business plan writer, consultant or coach. In some cases that’s a good idea. But let me explain that after I tell this story.

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Our Climate Action Progress: One-Year Report

Wed, 2014-06-25 10:44

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on climate change, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2013.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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