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Expanding Our Ability to Combat Cyber Threats

April 01, 2015

As the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, I advise President Obama on the range of security challenges facing the United States every day, from terror threats at home and abroad and pandemic disease, to natural disasters and cybersecurity. Cyber threats are at the top of the President’s list of security concerns.

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Upholding the Principle of Fairness in Our Criminal Justice System Through Clemency

March 31, 2015

Building on his commitment to address instances of unfairness in sentencing, President Obama granted 22 commutations today to individuals serving time in federal prison. Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime.

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What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Historic Opportunity to Protect Our Oceans, Forests, and Wildlife

March 31, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers a substantial opportunity to advance American interests and values, including a once-in-a-generation chance to protect our oceans, wildlife, and the environment.

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SBIR Pulse: A “Start Up Hub” For Entrepreneurs Looking to Make A Difference

March 31, 2015

Interview #3: David Zipper, Managing Director at 1776
Incubators, accelerators, and startup hubs are an emerging and important part of the high-tech...

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Southern Hospitality in Cola City - Welcoming and Innovative

March 31, 2015

After almost a full week of traveling, the SBIR Road Tour concluded its South East leg in Columbia, South Carolina.  Innovators are the rock stars of this country, and as we saw, all across the...

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Get Out and #FindYourPark

March 30, 2015

"For a century, rangers, and interpreters, and volunteers and visitors have kept alive what the writer Wallace Stegner once called 'the best idea we ever had' — our belief that the country’s most special places should belong not just to the rich, not just to the powerful, but belong to everybody — not just now, but for all time."
— President Obama

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President Obama Helps Dedicate the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute

March 30, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Mass., March 30, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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AmeriCorps Program Improves Childhood Literacy

March 30, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Corporation for National and Community Service's blog. See the original post here.

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Representatives from Every Administration Since 1973 — Including Reagan's — Support This New Trade Agreement:

March 30, 2015

Every President has had his own vision of how to move our country forward. So it is certainly a rare occasion when leaders from every single Administration over more than 40 years share the same view. But when it comes to ensuring Americans can compete in the 21st century global economy, officials from the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama administrations know that trade has an important role to play. 

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Reinforcing the U.S.-Africa Partnership

March 30, 2015

Last summer, the United States paved new pathways for our relationship with Africa by hosting the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Fifty-one African leaders joined President Obama in Washington for a discussion on "Investing in the Next Generation", the theme of the Summit. This gathering resulted in $33 billion dollars in new commitments to support economic growth across Africa, as well as tangible U.S. and African efforts to improve security, promote human rights and good governance, and provide opportunities for Africa’s sizeable youth population.

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