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Here's How the White House Celebrates the Fourth of July:

Thu, 2014-07-03 19:05

Tomorrow's the Fourth of July, and we're pretty excited about it here at the White House.
To celebrate the holiday, the President and First Lady are inviting military heroes and their families to the White House tomorrow for a special Independence Day event, including a USO program featuring Grammy award-winning recording artist Pitbull.

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West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

Thu, 2014-07-03 18:54

This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Minneapolis, nominated a new VA Secretary, and caught some World Cup fever. 

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Secretary Pritzker Discusses Fostering a 21st Century Workforce with Walter Isaacson at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

Thu, 2014-07-03 17:58

Today, at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker spoke about the Obama Administration and the Commerce Department’s efforts to strengthen the American workforce and prepare our workforce for 21st century jobs through skills development.

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President Obama Visits 1776, "An Incubator for All Sorts of Tech Startups"

Thu, 2014-07-03 17:41

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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The Fourth of July, 2014: Independence Day

Thu, 2014-07-03 16:57

As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how America's Founders enshrined the importance of statistics in our Constitution as a vital tool for measuring our people, places and economy. Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been much more than a simple head count; it has charted the growth and composition of our nation. The questions have evolved over time to address our changing needs. Today, the 10-year census, the economic census and the American Community Survey give Congress and community leaders the information they need to make informed decisions that shape our democracy.

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A Few Miles Can Make the Difference Between Getting Health Care or Being Uninsured

Thu, 2014-07-03 11:02

For Adelina of Sunland Park, New Mexico, living in one state over another made all the difference in getting health care. Because she lives in New Mexico, rather than nearby Texas, she was able to access health care. The real difference of a state’s decision making is demonstrated in both Adelina’s story and a new report released yesterday by the Council of Economic Advisers entitled Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid.

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Providing Information for Emergency Preparedness as Arthur Approaches

Thu, 2014-07-03 10:32

Cross-post, U.S. Census Bureau's Director's Blog by John H. ThompsonAs many Americans begin to prepare for Hurricane Arthur this week, the Census Bureau’s OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool helps provide federal, state and local officials and emergency planners with the information they may need about communities in the projected path of the storm.OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a Web-based resource that provides a live view of selected emergencies in the U.S., 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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President Obama Just Called Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. Listen to Their Call:

Wed, 2014-07-02 19:05

The President just called U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their team's performance during the 2014 World Cup.
Take a look and listen in:

"You guys did us proud."
--President Barack Obama, 7/2/2014

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Find Out How Expanding Medicaid Will Help People in Your State:

Wed, 2014-07-02 18:47

Twenty-four states still haven't acted to make more struggling families eligible for Medicaid — including many of the states that would benefit most.
Here's why that's a problem: If these states don't opt to expand Medicaid, 5.7 million people won't have access to health insurance coverage in 2016.

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Dispatches with Dr. Biden: Lusaka, Zambia

Wed, 2014-07-02 18:42

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On Tuesday, Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, her first stop on a three-country visit to Africa. Dr. Biden is joined by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues.

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