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@JoiningForces is Answering Your Questions to Celebrate Its 4th Anniversary

Thu, 2015-04-16 18:29

The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces in April 2011 to call on Americans across the country to rally around service members, veterans, and their families.
This month, Joining Forces is celebrating its fourth anniversary! We're talking about how we can inspire, educate, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.

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Bringing Trade Agreements into the 21st Century

Thu, 2015-04-16 18:20

The Senate and House are taking up the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 — an overhaul of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would bring how we trade into the 21st century. TPA — and the quality jobs, wages, and critical environmental and labor protections that would come from it — is an important step forward for the President’s trade agenda and for leveling the playing field for American workers. 

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A Hero's Journey: The Eighth-Annual Soldier Ride

Thu, 2015-04-16 17:01

Today, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald welcomed members of all five U.S. military branches to the White House for the eighth-annual Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride. The President, Vice President, and Secretary McDonald led the cheers as participants rode around the South Lawn- the first stop in their three-day, 60-mile long cycling tour.

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Email: "Why I'm at the White House Today"

Thu, 2015-04-16 11:40

This morning, Randy George — founder of the Red Hen Baking Company in Middlesex, Vermont — sent the following message to the White House email list. He's here today with the President, the Secretary of Labor, and others to talk about the importance of workplace policies that support working families and encourage workplace flexibility.
Tune in live at 12:15 p.m. ET, and join the conversation online using the hashtag #WorkingFamilyChamps. And if you didn't get this email, make sure to sign up for updates here.

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5 Factors of Audit Risk for Small Businesses

Thu, 2015-04-16 00:00

While your risk of being audited is low and likely to stay low according to the IRS...

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Watch: President Obama Holds a Town Hall with BlogHer and SheKnows

Wed, 2015-04-15 19:53

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This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for a special town hall event, co-hosted with leading women's sites BlogHer and She Knows. During the conversation, the President talked with working women about some of the issues they care the most about -- such as paying for child care or sending their children to college.
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Celebrating Gospel Music: "Where Their Dreams Took Flight"

Wed, 2015-04-15 16:10

The President and First Lady hosted music legends and top gospel artists at the White House yesterday for the latest installment of “In Performance at the White House.” The evening of musical performances paid tribute to the fundamental role that gospel music has played in shaping American history and culture.

“Gospel music has evolved over time, but its heart stays true," the President said. “It still has an unmatched power to strike the deepest chord in all of us.”
Watch the President’s full remarks here:

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The Arts Connect People and Perspectives by Building Welcoming Communities

Wed, 2015-04-15 15:38

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the National Endowment for the Arts' blog. See the original post here.

Jane Chu and her parents.

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10 Reasons You Can't Afford to Stay Out of the Working Families Policy Discussion

Wed, 2015-04-15 13:10

Ed. note: The following piece was originally posted on BlogHer.com. Tune in today at 2:35 p.m. ET to watch the President answer questions about working women and family issues. Want to join the conversation? Post your questions and comments in the comments section of related posts on BlogHer and SheKnows -- or on social media using the hashtag #ObamaTownHall. 

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Strengthening Communities by Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

Wed, 2015-04-15 12:21

Immigrants and refugees have come to our shores in search of opportunity and freedom since before the founding of our nation. The process of integrating into a new land – to achieve self-sufficiency, political and civic involvement, and social inclusion – can be difficult but the rewards can be immense. We are both children of immigrants and can attest to the success that stems from successful integration into the fabric of our nation.

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