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The White House Hosts the First-Ever Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

Wed, 2014-06-25 10:09

Yesterday, the White House hosted the first-ever Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, bringing together participants from around the world, and across sectors — including faith and business leaders, health advocates, representatives of civil society and philanthropic organizations, and members of the diplomatic corps. During panel discussions and in breakout sessions, these committed leaders discussed how to advance a common goal: promoting and protecting the human rights and dignity of LGBT people wherever they are threatened around the globe. 

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Third Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2014

Wed, 2014-06-25 09:30

First-quarter GDP was revised down today, largely reflecting updated estimates of consumer spending on health care, which was substantially lower than originally reported, as well as exports, which were below the initial estimates. The GDP data can be volatile from quarter to quarter; a range of other data show a more positive picture for the first quarter, and more up-to-date indicators from April and May suggest that the economy is on track for a rebound in the second quarter.

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Small Business, Big Impact: Celebrating Our Country and Small Businesses

Wed, 2014-06-25 07:54

Independence Day is right around the corner, and across the U.S. we’re preparing for our favorite 4th of July festivities – a day off filed with backyard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks and fun.
While we celebrate our country and the challenges we’ve overcome to achieve what we stand for today, there’s no doubt that this profile of greatness includes our small business owners and entrepreneurs. Facing difficulties from every angle with passion and perseverance, these businesses may be small, but they have a big influence on our country.
By the numbers

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Small Business, Big Impact: Celebrating Our Country and Small Businesses

Wed, 2014-06-25 07:54

Independence Day is right around the corner, and across the U.S. we’re preparing for our favorite 4th of July festivities – a day off filed with backyard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks and fun.
While we celebrate our country and the challenges we’ve overcome to achieve what we stand for today, there’s no doubt that this profile of greatness includes our small business owners and entrepreneurs. Facing difficulties from every angle with passion and perseverance, these businesses may be small, but they have a big influence on our country.
By the numbers

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell Sworn In as the New HHS Secretary

Tue, 2014-06-24 18:55

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, with her husband Stephen holding the bible, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

June 24, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

This afternoon, the Vice President ceremonially swore in Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Secretary Pritzker Discusses the Importance of a Globally Competitive Workforce at the 2014 CGI America Annual Meeting

Tue, 2014-06-24 18:10

At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America 2014 Annual Meeting today in Denver, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker spoke about the Commerce Department’s efforts to catalyze job-driven training initiatives and the Obama Administration’s focus on fostering a 21stcentury workforce. Following remarks by former U.S.

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Senate Delays Hurting Our National Security

Tue, 2014-06-24 14:28

As the President’s National Security Advisor, I am focused every day on keeping our country secure and our citizens – at home and abroad – safe. But these goals are hindered and our stature abroad is weakened when we are not fielding a full team. That’s why I urge the Senate to let the President’s qualified ambassadorial nominees get to work on behalf of the American people.

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Here's What You Missed: The White House Summit on Working Families

Tue, 2014-06-24 14:03

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Dan Pfeiffer: "POTUS Replies"

Tue, 2014-06-24 10:48

This morning, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list to share the story of Rebekah -- a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote the President to share her story, and will meet with him later this week.
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Commerce in the Community: Rising Tide Capital works to improve traditionally disadvantaged communities by empowering local entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.

Tue, 2014-06-24 10:46

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Commerce in the Community
series highlighting the work of community leaders and organizations that are
strengthening the middle class and providing ladders of opportunity for all
Americans.

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