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We Stand with Ahmed (and We Hope He'll Join Us for Astronomy Night):

Wed, 2015-09-16 20:00

Yesterday, a 14-year-old student named Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing his engineering project (an electronic clock) to his high school. Officials mistook it for a bomb.

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Uniting in Seoul to Extinguish Epidemic Threats through the Global Health Security Agenda

Wed, 2015-09-16 11:44


" advance work that unites us all—preventing the spread of disease and saving lives around the world."

President Barack Obama, September 9, 2015


Saving lives, that’s what the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is all about.

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Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2014

Wed, 2015-09-16 11:01

Today’s report from the Census Bureau shows that real median income rose in 2014 for both family households (e.g., related people living together) and non-family households (e.g., a single person living alone). Overall median household income declined as the share of family households decreased. The official poverty rate held steady in 2014, while the supplemental poverty rate—which includes the effects of key anti-poverty policies—declined. Over the past two years, the child poverty rate has declined more than in any two-year period since 2000.

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I Just Started My First Year of College

Wed, 2015-09-16 10:41

All week long, real Americans who have written the President are sharing where they are in their education journeys — and offering their advice to their fellow Americans. If you want to write the President yourself, you can do so here.

I was a senior at Jefferson Forest High School when I sent my first letter to President Obama.


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Starting a Business in the Trucking Industry: Part Two

Wed, 2015-09-16 05:00

Earlier this week, we talked about the highly competitive trucking industry, and some guidelines that will...

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Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Travels to China to Participate in the WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions and Strengthen Economic Ties

Tue, 2015-09-15 18:23

Last week, U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews traveled to China to strengthen economic ties and deepen American engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, making stops in Dalian, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.

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What You Need to Know About the Syrian Refugee Crisis and What the U.S. is Doing to Help

Tue, 2015-09-15 18:08

Your home country is all that you know -- it’s where you were raised, where you’ve loved, and where you’ve lived all your years. So what happens when one day, without warning, or without cause, that sense of security is ripped from you? War, violence, persecution for who you are or what you believe; your home has become the crucible for your greatest fears, a place you no longer recognize. You’re afraid for your life, for your family -- you don’t know where to go but you know you can’t stay.

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Designing Federal Programs with the American People in Mind

Tue, 2015-09-15 14:19

President Barack Obama speaks with members of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team in the Oval Office in January 2015.

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5 Indicators That Show We Turned a Depression-Like Shock into a Six-Year Expansion

Tue, 2015-09-15 12:29

Seven years ago, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, setting in motion the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In fact, the onset of the Great Recession was more severe across a wide range of measures than the Depression itself—including substantially larger losses in wealth, a significantly larger contraction in global trade, and a comparable reduction in employment and private demand. In these ways the economy in late 2008 looked like it could have been on track for an outcome comparable to the Great Depression.

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Tue, 2015-09-15 09:43

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Congress expanded the observance in 1989 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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