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Weekly Address: America Is a Place Where Hard Work Should Be Rewarded

Sat, 2014-10-11 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Oct. 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Weekly Wrap Up: The Millennial Age and the Minimum Wage

Fri, 2014-10-10 18:33

This week, the White House took action in our response to Ebola, explained the need to raise the minimum wage, joined Medium, and was inspired by Millennials. Find out more in this week’s Weekly Wrap Up.

We Took Action in Our Response to Ebola
On Monday, the President met with senior staff to discuss our response to the Ebola outbreak. At the meeting:

They outlined the United States' broader preparedness plans.

They spoke about the domestic and international efforts to contain and end the epidemic.

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"The Geography of Hope": President Obama Designates the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Fri, 2014-10-10 17:37

President Barack Obama walks onstage at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, Calif., where he announced the creation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Oct. 10, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Calling All Innovators to Help Fight Ebola

Fri, 2014-10-10 16:43

Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) wait to enter the hot zone at Island Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept. 22, 2014. PPE is their primary protection, but it is also the greatest source of stress.

(by Morgana Wingard, USAID)

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How $10.10 Would Affect You:

Fri, 2014-10-10 16:26

In this year's State of the Union address, the President once again called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after used his pen to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts. Raising the minimum wage nationwide would provide 28 million workers with a pay increase and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country.

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Ask the First Lady: Vine Q&A on the White House Garden & Let's Move!

Fri, 2014-10-10 16:06

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My Time on the Court with the Peace Players Yesterday:

Fri, 2014-10-10 15:19

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hosts Palestinian and Israeli kids in a basketball game on the White House basketball court Oct. 9, 2014. The children are in Washington, D.C., on a State Department funded exchange that builds reconciliation and understanding between communities in conflict. Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, and Maher Bitar, Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, also participated.

October 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama Congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on Winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Fri, 2014-10-10 15:18

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Local Leaders Make 2014 Their "Year of Action" for Raising the Wage

Fri, 2014-10-10 14:32

Since the President called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, 13 states and the District of Columbia raised the minimum wage for working Americans. Cities and counties throughout the country have also made tremendous progress in using their authorities to make sure workers, contractors, and residents can better clothe, feed, and shelter their families.    

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Animated Chart of the Week: The Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Rate in 6 Years

Fri, 2014-10-10 14:02

When President Obama took office in 2009, the American economy was shedding 800,000 jobs a month. That year, the unemployment rate would ultimately reach 10%, leaving millions of middle-class families struggling to find solid ground. There’s more work to do, but thanks to the grit and resilience of American workers and businesses -- and the President’s policies -- over the last six years, families are standing on a new, stronger economic foundation.

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