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Is It Just Us, or Is Everyone Talking About Paid Leave?

Fri, 2015-01-16 16:33

President Barack Obama places an order with the waitress during a lunch with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Amanda Rothschild, Mary Stein and Morvika "Vika" Jordan to discuss balancing family and jobs, at Charmington’s Café in North Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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West Wing Week: 1/16/15 or, "The Little Circle Thing"

Fri, 2015-01-16 11:32

This week, the President continued to preview some of the big ideas that he'll propose in his State of the Union address on January 20th. He made announcements on education, on cybersecurity, and on access to reliable broadband Internet across the country. For all of you who just can't bear to wait until the State of the Union, this one's for you. That's January 9th to January 15th or, "The Little Circle Thing."

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Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back, and It's Feta Than Ever

Fri, 2015-01-16 11:30

Here at the White House, we're dedicated to making President Obama's administration the most open and accessible in history. That's why, for the second year in a row, we thought it'd be a gouda idea to brie-unite a certain cast of characters to help us bring back a tradition that dates back to the days of President Andrew Jackson.

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El Paso MBDA Business Center Kicks Off the New Year with Business Sunday

Fri, 2015-01-16 11:07

Guest blog post by Michelle Luevano, Director of the El Paso
MBDA Business Center 

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House Republicans Vote to Allow the Amnesty of Our Broken Immigration System to Continue

Fri, 2015-01-16 10:44

This week, House Republicans put at risk critical funding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to keep our nation safe by insisting on a series of amendments to overturn the President’s immigration accountability executive actions.

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The Faces of Health Care: Curtis T.

Fri, 2015-01-16 10:40

"Please remember that you have someone here that believes in you and is proud to have you as leader of the United States."

In a letter to the President, Curtis T. wrote about his husband, Mark, who he'd been with for 19 "quite exceptional" years. Under the old health care system, Mark hadn't been able to get health insurance due to a preexisting heart condition.
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These 3 Women Talked with the President Today About Paid Leave:

Thu, 2015-01-15 23:27

President Barack Obama places an order with the waitress during a lunch with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Amanda Rothschild, Mary Stein and Morvika "Vika" Jordan to discuss balancing family and jobs, at Charmington’s Café in North Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Why Our Economy Needs Paid Leave

Thu, 2015-01-15 15:19

Building on the momentum created by the White House Summit on Working Families, today the President announced additional steps the Administration is taking to help working families. The President is calling on Congress to give millions of workers the chance to earn up to seven days per year of sick time.

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Valerie Jarrett: "Why We Think Paid Leave Is a Worker's Right, Not a Privilege"

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:50

Ed. note: Yesterday, Valerie Jarrett wrote the following post on LinkedIn, breaking the news on the actions the President took today to help working parents. See the original post here.

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The Importance of Service

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:51

Guest blog post by Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jay WilliamsWe all face frustrations and challenges in our daily lives.
Most of us are fortunate that our biggest complaint
is often a bad day at our office job, the perils of DC traffic, or the
fact that our DVR didn’t record the end of the game. It’s become a bit
of a joke on social media with the advent of #FirstWorldProblems. Yet,
there are many people living in the “First World” whose problems are much
bigger than we realize.  

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