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President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medals of Arts and Humanities

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:41

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This afternoon, the President and the First Lady honored the 2013 National Medals of the Arts and Humanities recipients at the White House. The President told the recipients that their "accomplishments enrich our lives and reveal something about ourselves and our country."

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Delivering the Goods: A Labor of Love for UPS Driver Jay Valentin

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:23

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.
Like many Americans, when Jesus "Jay" Valentin – a UPS driver – goes to sleep at night in his New Jersey home, he's got a lot on his mind.

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Empowering Africa's Next Generation of Leaders

Mon, 2014-07-28 16:44

President Barack Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the Young African Leaders Initiative town hall in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Boosting Our Global Competitiveness: It’s Time to Invest in America’s Roads, Rails, and Bridges

Mon, 2014-07-28 14:35

When it comes to investing in our infrastructure, the President’s message has been loud and clear: We must upgrade our roads and rails and bridges to grow our economy and create good American jobs. Over the last five decades, U.S. investments in transportation have fallen by nearly 50 percent as a percentage of GDP. So it is not surprising that in the most recent World Economic Forum rankings, the U.S. has fallen from 7th to 18th overall in the quality of our roads in less than a decade.

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Boosting Our Global Competitiveness: It’s Time to Invest in America’s Roads, Rails, and Bridges

Mon, 2014-07-28 14:35

When it comes to investing in our infrastructure, the President’s message has been loud and clear: We must upgrade our roads and rails and bridges to grow our economy and create good American jobs. Over the last five decades, U.S. investments in transportation have fallen by nearly 50 percent as a percentage of GDP. So it is not surprising that in the most recent World Economic Forum rankings, the U.S. has fallen from 7th to 18th overall in the quality of our roads in less than a decade.

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Medicare Trustees Report Shows Significant Improvements for Seniors and Taxpayers

Mon, 2014-07-28 13:35

Today’s annual report from the Medicare program’s Boards of Trustees brings good news about the program’s financial future: Its Trust Fund will last four more years, to 2030, and projected Part B premiums for 2015 will not increase for the second year in a row.

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Medicare Trustees Report Shows Significant Improvements for Seniors and Taxpayers

Mon, 2014-07-28 13:35

Today’s annual report from the Medicare program’s Boards of Trustees brings good news about the program’s financial future: Its Trust Fund will last four more years, to 2030, and projected Part B premiums for 2015 will not increase for the second year in a row.

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Commerce in the Community: MDC utilizes effective partnership model to promote sustainable economic development and opportunity at the community level

Mon, 2014-07-28 12:41

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
Americans.Below is an interview with David Dodson, President of MDC. Originally known as “Manpower
Development Corp.”, MDC creates programs that employ integrated, sustainable
solutions that connect people with the financial supports that can stabilize
their lives, the education and training they need to get better jobs and the

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Training a Workforce for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Jobs

Mon, 2014-07-28 11:50

It’s no secret that the American economy is changing, and some of the most in-demand skills today barely existed a generation ago. The average worker graduated high school around twenty years ago, when the personal computer was in its infancy, and only the most technical professions demanded a fluency in information technology (IT).

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Upskill America: Creating Pathways to the Middle-Class

Sat, 2014-07-26 16:28

This week, the President visited Los Angeles Trade Technical College to deliver a clear message: we need to train more hard-working Americans to fill the jobs our businesses are creating. The President explained:
I’m here for every American who works their tail off; who does everything right; who believes in the American Dream and just wants a chance to build a decent life for themselves and their families. You are why I ran for President in the first place. 

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