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The Fourth of July, 2014: Independence Day

Thu, 2014-07-03 16:57

As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how America's Founders enshrined the importance of statistics in our Constitution as a vital tool for measuring our people, places and economy. Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been much more than a simple head count; it has charted the growth and composition of our nation. The questions have evolved over time to address our changing needs. Today, the 10-year census, the economic census and the American Community Survey give Congress and community leaders the information they need to make informed decisions that shape our democracy.

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A Few Miles Can Make the Difference Between Getting Health Care or Being Uninsured

Thu, 2014-07-03 11:02

For Adelina of Sunland Park, New Mexico, living in one state over another made all the difference in getting health care. Because she lives in New Mexico, rather than nearby Texas, she was able to access health care. The real difference of a state’s decision making is demonstrated in both Adelina’s story and a new report released yesterday by the Council of Economic Advisers entitled Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid.

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Providing Information for Emergency Preparedness as Arthur Approaches

Thu, 2014-07-03 10:32

Cross-post, U.S. Census Bureau's Director's Blog by John H. ThompsonAs many Americans begin to prepare for Hurricane Arthur this week, the Census Bureau’s OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool helps provide federal, state and local officials and emergency planners with the information they may need about communities in the projected path of the storm.OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a Web-based resource that provides a live view of selected emergencies in the U.S., 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Employment Situation in June

Thu, 2014-07-03 09:30

The 1.4 million jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999. Furthermore, this is the first time since September 1999-January 2000 we have seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months. While today’s jobs report is encouraging, many families are still struggling with long-term unemployment and wages that have been stagnant for decades. The President continues to press Congress to take steps to further strengthen the economy, including passing a transportation bill to avoid jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of jobs later this year.

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President Obama Just Called Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. Listen to Their Call:

Wed, 2014-07-02 19:05

The President just called U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their team's performance during the 2014 World Cup.
Take a look and listen in:

"You guys did us proud."
--President Barack Obama, 7/2/2014

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Find Out How Expanding Medicaid Will Help People in Your State:

Wed, 2014-07-02 18:47

Twenty-four states still haven't acted to make more struggling families eligible for Medicaid — including many of the states that would benefit most.
Here's why that's a problem: If these states don't opt to expand Medicaid, 5.7 million people won't have access to health insurance coverage in 2016.

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Dispatches with Dr. Biden: Lusaka, Zambia

Wed, 2014-07-02 18:42

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On Tuesday, Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, her first stop on a three-country visit to Africa. Dr. Biden is joined by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues.

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Being Biden Vol. 16: "50 Years Later"

Wed, 2014-07-02 15:01

In the latest installment of Being Biden, the Vice President reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and shares a photo of himself with Representative John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders of the civil rights movement.

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The President Heads to D.C.'s Key Bridge to Talk Infrastructure and the Economy

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:04

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Yesterday afternoon, President Obama talked about infrastructure and the economy, with Washington, D.C.'s Francis Scott Key Bridge serving as the backdrop.
On a hot and muggy day, the President quickly got down to business, talking about the merits of the Highway Trust Fund, established by Congress in the 1950s, which helps states build and repair roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects across the country.

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What They're Saying Around the Country: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:44

Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which shows the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies. 

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