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Restoring Hope and Closing Opportunity Gaps

Tue, 2015-07-14 18:11

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
No young person should have to face the future without hope and optimism. Young people should be excited to learn, to grow, to succeed and to contribute to their communities. But in many disadvantaged neighborhoods and for many young people of color, opportunity gaps strangle hope.

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This Photo of Pluto Is Worth Sharing:

Tue, 2015-07-14 17:59

Today, Dr. John P. Holdren -- the President's science advisor -- sent the following message to the White House list, sharing a brand-new photo of Pluto. The photo, from NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe, is the sharpest photo ever seen of the "dwarf planet."
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The Iran Deal:

Tue, 2015-07-14 17:58

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear agreement in the East Room of the White House, July 14, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This morning, the President sent the following message to the White House email list, explaining the details of today's historic nuclear deal with Iran and how it will make our country, our allies, and the world safer and more secure. 
Watch the highlights from his speech today -- then read his email below:

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New Top Markets Series Provides Data and Analysis to Help U.S. Exporters Compare Opportunities Across Borders

Tue, 2015-07-14 14:51

Last year, the United States exported $2.34 trillion worth of goods and services—an all-time record. Exports from the United States in 2014 equaled the entire gross domestic product of Brazil and exceeded all commercial output in India, Italy, or Mexico. What is more, exports are an increasingly important aspect of the U.S. economy. As the significance of exporting grows, the Obama administration and the Department of Commerce is committed to providing the data and analytics U.S. companies need to compete effectively in foreign markets.

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5 Reasons a Business Revolving Line of Credit May Benefit You

Tue, 2015-07-14 00:00

Many businesses at one time or another may have cash flow challenges. One popular option to obtain short term funding is to secure a revolving line of credit.  This not only helps with basic day...

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Congress Advances the Emerging & Diverse Manager Discussion with Investors, Private Sector Players and Federal Pension Plan Chief Investment Officers

Tue, 2015-07-14 00:00

Last week, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) met and held a  conversation about the importance...

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Asked and Answered: Conner’s Recovery Story

Mon, 2015-07-13 12:45

Today, the President commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes many years — or even decades — ago. The message, at its heart, is clear: America is a nation of second chances, and these are Americans who deserve that second chance.
That’s incredibly personal for me.
Despite the fact that nearly every family and community in America is affected by substance use disorders, those fighting to overcome this disease are too often hidden in the shadows of shame or stigma. As a result, many do not get the treatment they need.

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President Obama Announces 46 Commutations in Video Address: "America Is a Nation of Second Chances"

Mon, 2015-07-13 12:35

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and criminal defense attorney, I'm well acquainted with how federal sentencing practices can, in too many instances, lead nonviolent drug offenders to spend decades, if not life, in prison. Now, don't get me wrong, many people are justly punished for causing harm and perpetuating violence in our communities. But, in some cases, the punishment required by law far exceeded the offense.

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Weekly Address: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Fair Housing

Sat, 2015-07-11 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 10, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Tune in on July 13 to Join a National Conversation on Aging in America

Fri, 2015-07-10 16:43

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. On July 13, President Obama will host the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. It will be an opportunity to recognize the importance of these landmark programs, while looking ahead to address the issues that will improve the quality of life for older Americans for the next decade. 

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