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New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come

Tue, 2014-09-16 11:19

New data out this morning from the National Center for Health Statistics show that health insurance coverage increased sharply in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting the significant progress made in expanding access to affordable insurance coverage during the first part of the Affordable Care Act’s inaugural open enrollment period.

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Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013

Tue, 2014-09-16 11:03

Today’s report from the Census Bureau shows that key indicators of poverty and family income improved in 2013. Moreover, there is reason to believe that this progress has continued into 2014, as the labor market has strengthened and millions have gained health insurance coverage. At the same time, the data also offer a clear illustration of the large amount of work that remains to strengthen the middle class in the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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Day at the Movies Inspires Business Incubator for Women

Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

Four years ago, after a marathon grant-writing session at University of California at San Diego, scientists Lada Rasochova and Rosibel Ochoa decided they needed a break and went to the movies....

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10 Questions to Ask on Your First Phone Call With Franchise Headquarters

Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

It may end up being the most important phone call you’ll ever have as it relates to your decision to become your own boss.

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A Look Back at Lehman Brothers and Where We Stand Six Years After the Financial Crisis

Mon, 2014-09-15 18:24

September 15, 2008 -- a day that rocked the American economy to its core after Lehman Brothers, then one of the nation’s largest investment banks, filed for bankruptcy. The largest filing in history, Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy sent shockwaves through the global markets and left families and businesses reeling.

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Opening the People's House

Mon, 2014-09-15 17:20

First Lady Michelle Obama greets members of the general public as they enter the Blue Room during their White House tour, Feb. 16, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Commerce’s NIST Megacities Project on Improving Accuracy of Greenhouse Gas Measurements Named ‘Project to Watch’ by United Nations

Mon, 2014-09-15 17:09

A greenhouse gas field measeurment research program developed by scientists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a “Project to Watch” by a United Nations organization that focuses on harnessing big data for worldwide benefit. The Megacities Carbon Project was launched in 2012 to solve a pressing scientific problem: how to measure the greenhouse gases that cities produce.

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Our Comprehensive Response at the Border, By the Numbers

Mon, 2014-09-15 16:51

Our border has been and remains more secure than it has been in decades. Earlier this year, we saw an influx of Central American migrants including unaccompanied children and adults with children in one isolated area of our border, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas but the Administration took decisive action and the situation is improving.

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Welcoming the Third Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

Mon, 2014-09-15 14:39

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. General Services Administration's blog. See the original post here.

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Here's What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like:

Mon, 2014-09-15 12:54

This afternoon at the White House, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their actions in Vietnam.
Most Americans know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. armed forces can receive -- but what goes into the actual award ceremony at the White House?

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