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Technology and the Imperative of Citizenship

March 10, 2016

Watch President Obama speak live at South by Southwest at 3:40 p.m. ET.

President Obama is traveling to South by Southwest tomorrow — the first sitting President to do so. In Austin, he’s going to make the case for people “from all walks of life, working inside or outside of government, to help us make this democracy even stronger."

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Letter from the Experts: The President's Supreme Court Nominee Deserves a Chance

March 10, 2016

"We express our dismay at the unprecedented breach of norms by the Senate majority in refusing to consider a nomination for the Supreme Court made by a president with eleven months to serve in the position."

This week, scholars of American history wrote a letter to the President to share their views on Senate Republicans' refusal to fulfill their responsibilities as laid out in the Constitution.

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FDIC’s New Rule on Reciprocal Deposits – a Win for Small Banks and Small Business

March 10, 2016

The FDIC has made much needed revisions to a myriad of proposed rules regarding the assessment of deposit insurance for small banks (under $10 billion in assets).  I applaud the bankers...

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Top 10 Low Cost Start Up Business Ideas You Can Launch Today

March 10, 2016

Thousands of people all across America dream about starting their own business. No matter what your motivation is for ...

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President Obama Welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to the White House

March 10, 2016

Today, President Obama and the First Lady welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to the White House.

Watch the official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn, and check out the photos:

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada greet the audience after reviewing the troops during the State Arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, March 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Diaper Divide

March 10, 2016

I remember being astounded at the rate at which my two girls used diapers when they were born. I’d drive out to the big box store and buy case after case, knowing I’d be back soon. Today, many parents can have bulk orders delivered directly to their doorsteps with the diapers their child needs, when they need them – at a lower cost than ever before. Technology and the new economy have given us access to necessities like diapers at just the click of a button. 

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#LeadOnLeave: A Victory for Vermont Workers

March 09, 2016

Ed. note: Today, President Obama commended the State of Vermont on becoming the fifth state to pass paid sick leave legislation:

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In Photos: Let Girls Learn Anniversary

March 09, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the one-year anniversary of Let Girls Learn, the Obama Administration’s initiative to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school. As part of the event, the First Lady welcomed young girls from Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign, to tour The Girls' Lounge Let Girls Learn bus on the South Lawn of the White House. 

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Helping Cities Participate in the 2016 Global City Teams Challenge: A Federal Funding Opportunity

March 09, 2016

Thousands of cities and communities around the world are advancing “smart city” projects to harness the potential of the Internet of Things to improve and expand the services they deliver to their residents. This year, three cities in the U.S. will receive some extra assistance in their smart city projects, through a $300,000 federal funding opportunity from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Starting a Halfway House or Transitional Housing Facility

March 09, 2016

Transitional housing provides people with a temporary place to live as they attempt to get back on their feet or make a major transition in their lives. Like any business, when you choose to start...

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