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Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State, Census Bureau Reports

December 23, 2014

By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation’s third most populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today. Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million.California remained the nation’s most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents, followed by Texas, at 27.0 million.

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2014: A Year of Action, Partnership, and Innovation at USDA

December 23, 2014

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's blog. See the original post here.

This has been a tremendous year for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the rural families and communities we serve.
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden recently shared a reflection on her most inspirational moments this year. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at USDA over the course of this year, and I thought I’d take a moment to share just a few of our top accomplishments.
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The Year in Review: Our 5 Favorite Joining Forces Moments of 2014

December 23, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden sit with Major General Jim McConville during the Joining Forces initiative event with service members, military spouses, and employers at the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell.

April 23, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Business Sunday Comes to South Florida

December 23, 2014

By Marie R. Gill,
Operator and Executive Director of the MBDA Business Center in Miami and Josh
Dickson, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
at the US Department of Commerce

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How Did We Do That? The White House Digital Holiday Decorations

December 23, 2014

This year, you can interact with the White House holiday decorations!
This year, technology is playing a big role in creating the holiday experience at the White House. One of the newest additions to the annual White House Holiday tour is an interactive digital snowscape that allows visitors to become a part of the festive display of Holiday decorations.

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The Faces of Health Care: Ryan P.

December 23, 2014

"Having insurance now won’t cure me, but maybe it will give me a chance to take control of my life again someday."

 
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Ryan from Austin, TX was able to find quality, affordable health insurance after enrolling in the exchange in Texas.
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Third Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2014

December 23, 2014

Today’s upward revision indicates that the economy grew in the third quarter at the fastest pace in over a decade. The strong GDP growth is consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing improvement in the labor market, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth. The steps that we took early on to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 already the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. Indeed, 2014 was a breakthrough year for the United States across a wide range of metrics important to middle-class families.

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The Year in Review: Our 5 Favorite Reach Higher Moments of 2014

December 22, 2014

2014 has been an exciting year for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, and given that the initiative launched in May, we had a difficult time limiting our favorite moments to just five. 
The initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

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2014: A Year of Action

December 22, 2014

President Barack Obama talks on the phone at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

December 18, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Faces of Health Care: Regina M.

December 22, 2014

"I remember breaking down in tears because no longer was I going to be punished for a disease I never asked for."

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