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The First Lady: We've Made "Tremendous Progress" in Educating the World’s Young Women, but There's More Work to Do

Wed, 2014-09-24 17:56

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the special keynote address at the United Nations' Global Education First Initiative's high-level event at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Celebrating Open Government Around the Globe

Wed, 2014-09-24 17:45

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meeting on the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Why President Obama Is in New York

Wed, 2014-09-24 16:53

After the President's address at the United Nations General Assembly this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry sent the following message to the White House email list.
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Lower Premium Increases, More Plans with Out-of-Pocket Limits, and Big Savings for Hospitals

Wed, 2014-09-24 16:00

A number of recent reports point to one clear conclusion: The Affordable Care Act is working and making health care more affordable, accessible, and of a higher quality for families, seniors, businesses, and taxpayers.
For starters, a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust shows that the average premium for employer-provided family health coverage only went up 3% this year. That's tied for the lowest rate on record since the survey began in 1999.

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In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Wed, 2014-09-24 15:52

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor blog. See the original post here.
Today, more than 30 million of America’s working families have young children, and more than 25 million workers provide unpaid care for elderly relatives and loved ones every year. The needs that they tend to aren’t always the kind that can be addressed in a day here or there.

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It's On Us, a Growing Movement to End Campus Sexual Assault

Wed, 2014-09-24 15:00

Last Friday, President Obama and Vice President Biden joined leaders from universities, media companies, the sports world, and grassroots organizations to launch the "It’s On Us" campaign against sexual assault on college campuses. "It’s On Us" is a rallying cry, inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It seeks to reframe the conversation surrounding sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it.

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Choosing Hope: President Obama’s Address to the United Nations

Wed, 2014-09-24 14:20

President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York, N.Y.

September 24, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Commerce in the Community: Paramount Pictures Works with Local Partners to Promote Opportunity Through High-Impact Education and Mentorship Programs.

Wed, 2014-09-24 09:26

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Commerce in the Community
series highlighting the work of community leaders and organizations that are
strengthening the middle class and providing ladders of opportunity for all

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Learn, Develop, Grow – Free Online and Offline Small Business Training Opportunities

Wed, 2014-09-24 00:00

Running a business is a fulfilling endeavor, but it often leaves very little room for self-development and on-the-job training.
In fact, finding the time to develop and hone your business...

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"The Most Important Title is 'Citizen'": President Obama on the Significance of a Civil Society

Tue, 2014-09-23 17:09

President Obama delivers remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, N.Y.

September 23, 2014.

(by Paul Morse / Clinton Global Initiative)

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