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The First Lady Passes 1 Million Followers on Twitter and Instagram

Mon, 2014-09-22 14:37

After just over a year on Twitter and Instagram, First Lady Michelle Obama's social media accounts both passed 1 million followers this summer!

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Promise Zones: Creating Opportunities

Mon, 2014-09-22 12:42

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's blog. See the original post here.
As the former Mayor of an urban Promise Zone community, I have a unique appreciation for the passion and dedication local leaders have when working to turn around their communities.

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Guess Who’s Leading on Paid Leave? (Hint: Not Us)

Mon, 2014-09-22 11:36

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
Earlier this month, I was in Melbourne, Australia representing our government at a meeting of Labor Ministers of the world’s 20 major economies.
After sitting down with my G20 counterparts and learning more about their policies relating to work and workplaces, my main takeaway is that the United States is distressingly behind the curve on paid family leave.

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8 Tips for Finding Government Contracting Opportunities

Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00

Despite recent budget cuts, the U.S. federal marketplace remains a lucrative opportunity for small businesses. The federal government typically spends approximately $500 billion in contracts every...

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Weekly Address: The World Is United in the Fight Against ISIL

Sat, 2014-09-20 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in Map Room of the White House, Sept. 19, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Weekly Wrap Up: #ItsOnUs

Fri, 2014-09-19 19:05

This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in West Africa, gave a statement about the bipartisan support of our strategy to defeat ISIL, and launched a campaign to help stop sexual assault.
Check out the rest of the highlights from this week.

Monday:

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What’s a Continuing Resolution and Why Does It Matter?

Fri, 2014-09-19 17:23

This week, Congress passed and President Obama signed something called a Continuing Resolution, an important measure that ensures our government has the resources necessary to address key domestic and national security goals in the months ahead, including our strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL, and to continue normal government operations without disruption.

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Message to the White House Email List: "It's On Us"

Fri, 2014-09-19 17:05

Earlier today, White House staffer Jordan Brooks sent this message to the White House email list. Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.

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Strengthening Our Cyber Community

Fri, 2014-09-19 15:17

Recently, a private-sector partner opined that it would be nice if the millions of dollars he was putting into defense wasn’t defeated by a $500 tool easily rented online. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from a government agency, a contractor, or a retailer – no one seems to be immune to this problem.

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President Obama Launches the "It's On Us" Campaign to End Sexual Assault on Campus

Fri, 2014-09-19 14:40

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Today at the White House, President Obama joined Vice President Biden and Americans across the country to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative -- an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. 
It's On Us asks everyone -- men and women across America -- to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault. 

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