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Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 States

May 07, 2015

This week, the President will visit South Dakota, marking the 50th state he has visited during his administration (as such, it's also my 50th state with him). To mark the occasion, I chose one photograph from each state that we’ve visited. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. With help from photo editor Phaedra Singelis, I tried to depict a variety of situations. Some are more lighthearted, some are sad, and some are poignant. Some are with the Vice President, some are with the First Lady and a couple are with the entire family.

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SBA’s InnovateHER: Going Beyond the Breast Pump

May 07, 2015

Last fall the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hack-a-thon” focused on innovating a device that impacts the lives of so many women who manage the needs...

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Streamline Your Small Business’s Sales Strategy

May 07, 2015

Developing strong sales and customer loyalty can be a difficult, time-consuming endeavor. Without an effective strategy, even a promising company can fail. The task need not be overwhelming though...

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From Community College to the White House: Meet These Three Staffers

May 06, 2015

President Obama is traveling to Watertown, South Dakota on Friday to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute — one of the nation's top community colleges. While congratulating the graduating class, the President will also discuss his plan to make community college free for students who keep their grades up.

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Email from DJ Patil: "How I Became Chief Data Scientist"

May 06, 2015

This afternoon, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil sent the following message to the White House email list, explaining how community college helped him get to where he is today, and why he thinks more Americans should have access to community college.
If you agree with DJ, tell us where community college brought you — or why it should be available to more Americans — using this form or the hashtag #CommunityCollege.

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Meet the Teacher Who Wrote the President — and Then Found Herself Shaking His Hand:

May 06, 2015

Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them.

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SBIR Agency Blog #3: Department of Education

May 06, 2015

In the past two months, reps from the Environmental Protection Agency and the...

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President Obama Nominates New Military Leadership: Generals Joe Dunford and Paul Selva

May 05, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks announcing Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. as the nominee for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Paul J. Selva, far right, as the nominee for Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 5, 2015. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Vice President Joe Biden participate.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Building for the Future: A New Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design

May 05, 2015

Today, the White House is convening the nation’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design to highlight how projects like new roads and transit lines can be designed to foster economic opportunity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. To help communities seeking to expand their pipelines of well-designed projects, the Administration is also releasing a Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design.

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Day. Here’s Who I’m Calling:

May 05, 2015

For Teacher Appreciation Day, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil shares the following story about Mrs. Minneti, his high school physics teacher — and his favorite teacher — and the lasting influence she's had on his life.
Share your own story here, or online using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.

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