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Weekly Address: It’s Time To Reform our Criminal Justice System

October 31, 2015

In this week's address, the President spoke to the need for meaningful criminal justice reform in America.  America faces a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  The President believes that we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, and make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer, and more effective.  That’s why in recent weeks, he has been traveling the country and meeting with Americans who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials

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More than 4.91 Million Records Released

October 30, 2015

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in June 2015. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.91 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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West Wing Week: 10/30/2015 or, "The Presidential Wave"

October 30, 2015

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President welcomed President Widodo of Indonesia, Prince Harry of Wales, and the World Cup-winning U.S. Women's Soccer Team to the White House. He also traveled to Chicago to talk with law enforcement leaders on criminal justice reform and watch the Chicago Bulls game. That's October 23rd to October 29th or, "The Presidential Wave."

Friday, October 23

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Atlanta Business Thrives with Help of MBDA

October 30, 2015

Minority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the “Made in America” product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise.  Minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and have recently grown faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.

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Halloween Data Snapshot: How scary is this?

October 30, 2015

Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities, such as costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.
On October 31st, millions of children across America will don costumes and head excitedly into the twilight in search of sweets. (According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 41.2 million 5-14 year olds in 2013).

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The Big Move: From the White House to Our House

October 30, 2015

Ed. note: The following essay is cross-posted from the National Archives blog. 

For this year’s American Archives Month, we’ve decided to highlight a lesser known role the National Archives plays in promoting democracy: the transition of Presidential records into Presidential Libraries.

During the month we’ll be sharing stories from staff who have been involved with Presidential records moves.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Concludes Visit to Ukraine

October 30, 2015

This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Kyiv as a continuation of the Obama Administration’s sustained commitment to supporting the Ukrainian government and people, and helping strengthen the Ukrainian economy. The Secretary’s visit advances the high-level engagement launched during her first visit to Kyiv in September 2014 and follows the first-ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum held in July 2015 in Washington D.C.

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The World’s Climate Targets: Major Steps Toward our Climate Goals

October 30, 2015

As President Obama noted on his recent trip to Alaska, urgent action on climate change is essential for the health, security, and well-being of Americans and people around the world. That’s why we’ve been taking unprecedented actions to reduce our own emissions at home while working with the international community to build a durable framework for reducing emissions globally.

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The Bipartisan Budget Agreement: What You Need to Know

October 29, 2015

Government shutdown brinksmanship, flirtation with debt defaults, devastating budget cuts -- for too long, the American people have had to deal with the consequences of a Congress that governs from crisis to crisis. The President has repeatedly called on Congress to pass a budget that boosts our economic and national security, rather than threatening it with harmful spending cuts known as sequestration.

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Introducing NTIA Data Central

October 29, 2015

Cross blog post by John Morris, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development

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