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Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

December 30, 2015

As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 322,762,018 on Jan. 1, 2016. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54 percent.

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Weekly Address: Merry Christmas from the President and First Lady

December 25, 2015

In this week's address, the President and First Lady wished Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. They celebrated the values of the season, and in that spirit of gratitude honored all the brave men and women in uniform fighting to keep us safe, as well as the families that stand by them. The President and First Lady asked that everyone take time this holiday season to visit JoiningForces.gov, and find out how to give back to the troops, veterans, and military families in your community.

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Engaging the International Community on Cybersecurity Standards

December 23, 2015

U.S. companies are most effective when they can rely on the same cybersecurity standards overseas as they do in the United States. Not only do common standards make it easier for product development and sales, companies can more easily maintain and enhance network defense and resilience, which are vital in today’s world of diverse cyber threats.  That’s why I am pleased to announce the release of a new strategy to improve the U.S. government’s participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity.

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6 Steps for Opening a Fitness Center

December 23, 2015

Getting fit and staying fit is a state of mind and an entrepreneurial opportunity. According to IHRSA, in the beginning of 2015 there were...

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Listen on Spotify: The Obamas' and Bidens' Holiday Playlists

December 23, 2015

Just in time for Christmas, the Obamas and the Bidens are sharing their favorite holiday music on Spotify with Americans celebrating the holidays around the country. "Holidays with the Obamas," curated by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, takes you from a Charlie Brown Christmas to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." "Holidays with the Bidens," picked by Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, features songs from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, and Lady Gaga. 

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President Obama on the Five Years Since Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

December 22, 2015

"In America, we don’t have to simply accept things as they are.
We have the power to change."

President Obama

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A Simplified Approach to Setting Small Business Strategy

December 22, 2015

One of the ironies of strategy, especially in small business, is that it can seem deceptively simple when it’s done right. When it works, it seems like it was always obvious. And yet there are...

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What You Need to Know About How President Obama is Fighting Climate Change

December 22, 2015

On December 12, 2015, nearly 200 countries came together in Paris to announce the most ambitious global agreement ever to combat climate change. Watch a message from President Obama on this historic achievement:

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Third Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the Third Quarter of 2015

December 22, 2015

Third-quarter economic growth continued at a solid pace as domestic demand grew robustly. Slowing foreign growth continues to weigh on output in the United States, underscoring the importance of policies that promote continued strong and consistent domestic demand. Last week’s omnibus budget and tax agreement will help encourage these positive domestic trends.

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Rising Prescription Drug Costs: New Tool Lets You Explore What’s Happening in Medicare

December 21, 2015

You've probably heard about – or seen on your drug store receipt – evidence of the rising cost of prescription drugs. Nationwide, spending on drugs increased 12 percent in 2014, higher than in any year since 2002. Sometimes, this is linked to a breakthrough product whose cure comes with a high price tag. Other times, it is the overnight tripling of the cost of a generic drug that has been around for years. This media attention, and the reality for consumers across the country, begs a lot of questions: What are recent cost trends for the prescriptions I take? Why are they so expensive?

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