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ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors

Thu, 2015-04-30 16:20

President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar entitled "Read to Discover a World of Infinite Possibilities," at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015. 6th-grader Osman Yaya moderates the event which is part of the "Of the People: Live from the White House" Virtual Field Trip series.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Healthy Aging Requires Livable Communities

Thu, 2015-04-30 11:54

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's blog. See the original post here.

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Email from President Obama: "My Fifth-Grade Teacher"

Wed, 2015-04-29 13:12

This morning, the President sent the following message to the White House email list, highlighting the importance of having good teachers on the road to higher education and a brighter future. He talked about the lasting influence of Ms. Hefty, his fifth-grade teacher, and asked readers to share their own education stories.

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President Obama on Why Transparency Matters in Securing the Most Progressive Trade Deal in History

Wed, 2015-04-29 10:35

Every comma, every period, every semicolon.
When it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama has taken important steps to include new voices and increase the transparency of our trade negotiations. From soliciting input from groups traditionally left out of negotiations like labor and environmental groups to supporting new provisions that require months of public review before a deal is signed, the Administration is committed to ensuring the maximum possible transparency throughout the negotiations.  

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Advance Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2015

Wed, 2015-04-29 09:30

Economic growth in the first quarter was restrained by factors including tepid foreign demand and harsh winter weather. At the same time, households saved most of their gains from low energy prices, Over the past four quarters, the most persistent and stable components of GDP — consumption and fixed investment — have grown 3.3 percent. This trend complements the strong pace of job growth and unemployment reduction over the last year. This report underscores that the U.S.

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In Photos: Four Years of Joining Forces

Tue, 2015-04-28 21:12

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden launch the Joining Forces initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families, in the East Room of the White House, April 12, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

The First Lady greets audience members after a military community event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Welcome to the U.S.: The Prime Minister of Japan’s State Visit

Tue, 2015-04-28 19:55

Yesterday, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrived in Washington, D.C. for the beginning of a State Visit with President Obama. Prime Minister Abe’s visit is a tribute to the partnership between the United States and Japan that for seven decades has made enduring contributions to global peace, security, and prosperity.
Watch the arrival ceremony here: 

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"Across seven decades, our nations have become not just allies, but true partners and friends."
— President Obama on relations between the U.S. and Japan

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Accelerating Economic Mobility Through Promise Zone Partnerships

Tue, 2015-04-28 18:55

Today, in long-struggling pockets of major cities and small suburban towns cut off from regional economic engines, in the Low Country of South Carolina and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Administration is announcing eight new Promise Zone partnerships to fuel the revitalization of high-poverty communities.
In these Promise Zones, we will support locally developed plans that leverage private-sector investment to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunity, and reduce violent crime.
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President Obama on Freddie Gray’s Death: "This is Not New, and We Shouldn’t Pretend that It’s New."

Tue, 2015-04-28 16:08

Watch President Obama speak on the situation in Baltimore.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 28, 2015
On April 12, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old native of Baltimore, was arrested by the city’s police. He died a week later. 
The Department of Justice is now investigating the events that led to his death and today, President Obama offered his thoughts to the family and friends of Freddie Gray who are appropriately looking for answers while at the same time making clear there is “no excuse” for violence.

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Get Prepared to Stay in Business on April 30 -- "America’s PrepareAthon!"

Tue, 2015-04-28 00:00

Imagine stepping into your store, restaurant, or the office space where you run your business, a day or two after the wildfire has been contained, the tornado has passed, or floodwaters have...

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