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The President and First Lady Host a Reception for the 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

Mon, 2014-12-08 13:00

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Yesterday evening at the White House, the President and First Lady hosted a reception for this year's Kennedy Center Honorees: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin.
The Kennedy Center Honors, now in its 37th year, recognizes "living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts."

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The Faces of Health Care: Jenna R.

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:09


"My life has completely changed ... I can breathe deeply without coughing. I can walk to work without taking a break. I can play with my dogs. I can sleep through the night. I'm even working up the nerve to ride my bicycle. Only a few weeks ago, I felt like the best years of my life were long behind me. Today, I feel like I haven't begun to live."

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Celebrating Computer Science Education Week, Kids Code at the White House

Mon, 2014-12-08 08:31

Today – on the first day of 2014 Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek) – President Obama is welcoming approximately 30 middle-school-aged students from Newark, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY, to roll up their sleeves, get online together, and participate in an “Hour of Code” here at the White House. These students will join millions of people around the world who are participating in similar Hour of Code events this week to get familiar with the basics of computer programming through innovative online tutorials for learners of all ages.

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Weekly Address: Ensuring Americans Feel the Gains of a Growing Economy

Sat, 2014-12-06 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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The Faces of Health Care: Don E.

Fri, 2014-12-05 18:55

"His mother and I would have had to make the very cold calculation: Do we spend our own retirement savings on his medical care trying to extend his life, or do we cast him adrift to save what we can for our own later years?

Because, what company would have ever insured him without the ACA? Not one."

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Weekly Wrap Up: Building Trust Between Communities and Law Enforcement

Fri, 2014-12-05 17:16

It's been a busy week here at the White House. In case you've missed some of our top stories this week, here's a recap.

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President Obama Nominates Ashton Carter as the Next Secretary of Defense

Fri, 2014-12-05 13:54

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This morning, President Obama announced his nomination of former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense. Carter has been in public service for more than 30 years, and has served in various positions under 11 Secretaries of Defense.

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"It's Time to Go Fly": Successful Launch of Orion Heralds First Step on Journey to Mars

Fri, 2014-12-05 11:39

Ed. note: This post is written by NASA's Steven Siceloff. You can read the original post here.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA's Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST.

December 5, 2014.

(by Bill Ingalls/NASA)

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The Employment Situation in November

Fri, 2014-12-05 09:30

Job growth in November was strong, and the economy has now already added more jobs in 2014 than in any full calendar year since the late 1990s. To create an environment in which this progress can continue, it is critical that Congress take the basic steps needed to fund the government and avoid creating disruptive and counterproductive fiscal uncertainty.

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