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New Commitments to Improve College Opportunity

Wed, 2014-08-13 13:00

Last January, I listened to the President ask hundreds of college presidents to increase college opportunity for all Americans. He asked them to help because a college degree remains one of the surest pathways into the middle class in America, and is an especially powerful engine of social and economic mobility.

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Census PoP Quiz Mobile App Challenges Knowledge of State Statistics

Wed, 2014-08-13 10:43

The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile
application that challenges users’ knowledge of demographic facts for all 50
states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census
Bureau’s American Community Survey, aims to raise statistical literacy about
the U.S. population.

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NOAA-U.S. Coast Guard Exercise Aims to Improve U.S. Response, Capabilities to Deal with Future Contingencies in the Arctic

Wed, 2014-08-13 10:18

As multi-year sea ice continues to
disappear at a rapid rate, vessel traffic in the Arctic is on the rise. This is
leading to new maritime concerns, especially in areas increasingly transited by
the offshore oil and gas industry, cruise liners, military craft, tugs and
barges, and fishing vessels. Keeping all of this new ocean traffic moving
smoothly is a growing concern for safety's sake. It's also important to the
U.S. economy, environment, and national security. But what happens if there’s a

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President Obama Issues a Statement on the Death of Michael Brown

Tue, 2014-08-12 17:02

This afternoon, President Obama issued a statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot on Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri:

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Giving America a Raise: A Progress Report

Tue, 2014-08-12 16:09

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour—a move that would boost the bottom lines of businesses and increase the earnings of 28 million hardworking Americans.
It's a commonsense proposal that Republicans in Congress continue to block—which is why President Obama took action to raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts. And states, cities, and businesses across the country are doing their part, too.

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Join Us for a Maker Camp Field Trip to the White House Kitchen Garden

Tue, 2014-08-12 14:15

Watch the Maker Camp Field Trip below starting at 2 p.m. ET

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Shares Economic Development Opportunities in California

Tue, 2014-08-12 12:04

Last year, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda,” a bold policy agenda focused on boosting trade and investment, supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, and unleashing more government data. Yesterday, she took the Agenda on the road to California.

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President Obama on the Passing of Robin Williams: "He Was One of a Kind"

Mon, 2014-08-11 21:38

President Obama released a statement this evening, following the passing of legendary stand-up comedian and actor Robin Williams:

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President Obama Discusses the Latest Developments in Iraq

Mon, 2014-08-11 18:14

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This afternoon, President Obama gave an update on the most recent developments in Iraq.
First, the President noted that U.S. forces have "successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect American civilians there." He also addressed our ongoing humanitarian efforts to help those who are stranded on Mount Sinjar, adding that we've deployed a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team to help.

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Delivering a Customer-Focused Government Through Smarter IT

Mon, 2014-08-11 13:50

As technology changes, government must change with it to address new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. This Administration has made important strides in modernizing government so that it serves its constituents more effectively and efficiently, but we know there is much more to do.

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