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The Top @WhiteHouse Tweets from 2014

December 26, 2014

With 2014 drawing to a close, we thought it'd be a good time to take a look back at the past year on @WhiteHouse.
This year, @WhiteHouse added more than 1.1 million new followers and surpassed 5.57 million overall, while continuing to serve as an important tool for the White House to engage with the American people.

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The Faces of Health Care: Susan T.

December 26, 2014

"I cried the day I was finally able to sign up for coverage. I felt like a fifty-pound weight was lifted from my shoulders."

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Weekly Address: Happy Holidays from the President and First Lady

December 25, 2014

In this week's address, the President and First Lady wished Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops for their service. Especially as our combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a responsible end in the coming days, we are reminded of all that military men, women, and families sacrifice to keep us safe.
The President and First Lady asked everyone to take some time this holiday season to visit JoiningForces.gov and find out how to give back to the men and women in uniform who have given so much for all of us.

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The Faces of Health Care: Shannon K.

December 24, 2014

"I cannot begin to express the relief and decreased stress this has brought me. Know that you are doing good work and making a positive change in the world."

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor the Holiday Season

December 24, 2014

This festive season, or simply the holidays, is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics.$24.4 billionEstimated retail sales by the nation’s department stores (including leased departments) in December 2013. This represents an estimated 40.9 percent jump from the previous month when retail sales were estimated at 17.3 billion.

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West Wing Week: 12/26/14 or, "The Jazzy, Snazzy Holiday Special"

December 24, 2014

Welcome to this special holiday edition of West Wing Week. While we certainly hope you all are taking some time off to reflect on the meaning of the holidays and spend time with your loved ones, we also want to offer up some of our favorite White House holiday moments from this festive time of year.

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9 Ways We Geeked Out About Science and Technology in 2014

December 23, 2014

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House.
Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned our halls with robots, 3D printers, and science projects. We've continued to gather top expert-geeks online to discuss a range of topics such as asteroids, superhero science, the science of cooking, and extreme weather (including one dialed in from the bottom of the ocean).

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Open Enrollment Week 5: December 13 – December 19, 2014

December 23, 2014

Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' blog post on the latest Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers. Read the full post here.

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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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