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The Diaper Divide

March 10, 2016

I remember being astounded at the rate at which my two girls used diapers when they were born. I’d drive out to the big box store and buy case after case, knowing I’d be back soon. Today, many parents can have bulk orders delivered directly to their doorsteps with the diapers their child needs, when they need them – at a lower cost than ever before. Technology and the new economy have given us access to necessities like diapers at just the click of a button. 

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#LeadOnLeave: A Victory for Vermont Workers

March 09, 2016

Ed. note: Today, President Obama commended the State of Vermont on becoming the fifth state to pass paid sick leave legislation:

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In Photos: Let Girls Learn Anniversary

March 09, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the one-year anniversary of Let Girls Learn, the Obama Administration’s initiative to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school. As part of the event, the First Lady welcomed young girls from Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign, to tour The Girls' Lounge Let Girls Learn bus on the South Lawn of the White House. 

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Helping Cities Participate in the 2016 Global City Teams Challenge: A Federal Funding Opportunity

March 09, 2016

Thousands of cities and communities around the world are advancing “smart city” projects to harness the potential of the Internet of Things to improve and expand the services they deliver to their residents. This year, three cities in the U.S. will receive some extra assistance in their smart city projects, through a $300,000 federal funding opportunity from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Starting a Halfway House or Transitional Housing Facility

March 09, 2016

Transitional housing provides people with a temporary place to live as they attempt to get back on their feet or make a major transition in their lives. Like any business, when you choose to start...

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Why Everyone Deserves the Chance to Earn Their First Paycheck

March 08, 2016

Hard work. Integrity. Discipline. Honesty. Those were among the fundamental lessons I learned from my first summer job at a men's clothing store in the heart of black Baltimore. Those values ­and the paychecks ­ elped get me through college, on to law school, and all along my improbable journey to becoming a senior member of the staff serving President Barack Obama.

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International Women's Day: Women Who Inspire Our Work

March 08, 2016

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! When women are free to pursue their dreams, nations are more safe, more secure, and more prosperous.— President Obama (@POTUS) March 8, 2016

When President Obama established the White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009, he recognized past pioneers of equality: “In the end, while many of the challenges women and girls face are new, the work of this Council is not -- it's been with us for generations." 

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Women Entrepreneurs Building the Nation through Business and Innovation

March 08, 2016

As we celebrate Women’s History Month and the vast contributions that women have made to the strength and well-being of our nation, we are seeing the next chapters in this history being written as women take a bigger role in building our economy
Women today make up nearly half of our workforce. Women-owned firms in the United States generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenues and employ millions of people.

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U.S. Ports: Investing in Engines of Economic Development and American Competitiveness

March 07, 2016

Guest blog post by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
U.S. ports and our marine transportation system – and the hardworking men and women behind these operations – are essential drivers of the American economy. Every day, our ports and waterways handle millions of tons of domestic and international cargo, including food and agricultural products, petrochemicals, and automobiles.  In 2014 alone, $1.7 trillion worth of U.S. goods moved through our ports, representing 75% of imports and exports by weight.

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Opportunity Data Set Powered by U.S. Census Bureau Information

March 07, 2016

This afternoon, I attended the launch of the Opportunity Project at the White House. The Opportunity Project is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that uses Census Bureau data to help cities and local governments use new, curated, open data to account for how they use federal housing dollars.

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