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500 of Africa’s Most Promising Young Leaders Arrive for the First Washington Fellowship

Sat, 2014-06-21 15:13

President Barack Obama answers questions at a Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus in Johannesburg, South Africa,

June 29, 2013.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Weekly Address: Bringing our Workplace Policies into the 21st Century

Sat, 2014-06-21 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Cabinet Room of the White House, June 13, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Weekly Wrap Up: VP at the World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, and the Medal of Honor

Fri, 2014-06-20 18:20

This week, the President continued his fight against climate change, updated the American people on the situation in Iraq, hung out with a robotic giraffe at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and paid tribute to our newest Medal of Honor recipient -- and the Vice President cheered on the U.S. Men's National Team at the World Cup.
Check out what you might have missed this week in our weekly wrap up:

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West Wing Week 06/20/14 or, “Zot, Zot, Zot!”

Fri, 2014-06-20 17:39

This week, the President visited Lakota Country, the land of the Anteaters, and Pittsburgh's Tech Shop, while at home he hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Secretary Pritzker Swears in New Commercial Service Officers

Fri, 2014-06-20 15:31

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today swore
in 24 new Foreign Commercial Service Officers and one Intellectual Property
Attachè at the Commerce Department. . The ceremony marked an exciting beginning
to these officers’ careers in overseas and domestic markets where they will
work to strengthen the American economy by supporting U.S. businesses in the
global marketplace.

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The Entrepreneurial Imperative for Immigration Reform

Fri, 2014-06-20 15:12

Nearly a year ago, the Senate passed a strongly bipartisan immigration reform bill that would grow the nation’s economy, reduce federal deficits, and enable some of the best and brightest minds from around the world to contribute to the American workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This week, we are highlighting the urgency of immigration reform and the need for the House of Representatives to act before August.

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First Lady Michelle Obama to DC-CAP Graduates: "Despite It All, You Chose to Succeed"

Fri, 2014-06-20 14:18

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during the DC College Access Program graduation celebration of former DC-CAP students who received college degrees this spring, in Washington D.C., June 19, 2014. DC-CAP is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping D.C. high school students prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from college.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Creating More Options to Improve Privacy and Security Online

Fri, 2014-06-20 12:07

Guest blog post by Jeremy Grant, Senior Executive Advisor for Identity
Management, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyIt’s well established that diversity of thought and
backgrounds strengthens organizations of all kinds and that diversity is a key
component of a strong economy. At the National
Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program
Office (NPO), we believe diversity is also the key to establishing a vibrant
marketplace of options to replace outdated passwords with reliably secure,

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Addressing the Needs of Working Families in Rural America

Fri, 2014-06-20 11:59

This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.
You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at

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New Steps to Protect Pollinators, Critical Contributors to Our Nation’s Economy

Fri, 2014-06-20 11:18

Today, President Obama issued a memorandum directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.

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