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Q&A with the First-Ever White House Chief Digital Officer: People with Purpose, Puff Daddy, and The Hulk

Mon, 2015-04-13 18:08

If you're on Twitter, delving into a few longreads on Medium, or writing a blog on Google's Blogger, you're familiar with the work of Jason Goldman. Working as a behind-the-scenes "Wizard of Oz," Jason helped build these social media platforms into revolutionary spaces for engaging with the world on what matters to you most.
Now, at 38, he’s moved across the country to helm a new role at the White House: Chief Digital Officer.

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MAP: How Two Tax Plans Would Impact You

Mon, 2015-04-13 17:23

12.1 million new jobs over 61 straight months of job growth: The clearest reflection that the economy works best when it’s working for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

That’s what middle-class economics is all about. And it is the backbone of the President’s budget – the clearest reflection of his priorities. The Congressional Republican budget is also the clearest reflection of their priorities, and the difference in visions could not be more stark.

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Serving Rural America’s Kids and Families

Mon, 2015-04-13 15:33

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's blog. See the original post here.

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Behind the Lens: Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Mon, 2015-04-13 11:51

When people ask me how I do what I do, I often recite the words of Bob Dylan: “I was just doing what I could with what I had where I was.” That kind of sums up my approach to my job as the President's photographer.

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The Seventh Summit of the Americas: The President's Trip and a Historic Meeting

Mon, 2015-04-13 11:01

This past week, President Obama participated in the seventh Summit of the Americas, in Panama City, Panama. The Summit of the Americas is a tradition that brings together the leaders of North and South America to discuss issues that impact the Americas. President Obama's participation in the Summit highlights the continuing commitment of the U.S. to upholding the role that independent civil society and the private sector play in a shared democratic agenda.
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SBA Modernization Is Unlocking Commercial Capital

Mon, 2015-04-13 00:00

One year ago, I took my oath to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the federal agency chartered by Congress in 1953 to support America’s entrepreneurs.
Our country was...

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Weekly Address: Tuition-Free Community College

Sat, 2015-04-11 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah, April 3, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Week In Review: Banning Conversion Therapy, a Town Hall in Jamaica, and the Easter Egg Roll

Fri, 2015-04-10 19:53

This week, the President supported efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors, participated in a roundtable focused on how climate change is harming our health, traveled to Jamaica to hold a town hall with students and meet with CARICOM, and joined the First Lady in hosting the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.

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It's the Students

Fri, 2015-04-10 16:19

Dr. Jill Biden discusses with students ways in which leadership and civic engagement can increase student success at De Anza College, April 9, 2015. (Photo by James Gleeson)

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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2014 Tax Returns

Fri, 2015-04-10 15:00

Today, the President released his 2014 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $477,383. The Obamas paid $93,362 in total tax.
The President and First Lady also reported donating $70,712 – or about 14.8 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 33 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $22,012 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 19.6 percent.

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