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The President's Summer Reading List

August 12, 2016

President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, President Obama shared his official summer reading list -- a mix of fiction and non-fiction, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir, a psychological thriller, and a science fiction novel. Check out the list:

"Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan

"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

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Asked and Answered: “This Country Needs More Spunk”

August 12, 2016

Lily is an eight-year-old kid from a military family. She wrote to President Obama to let him know that the “country needs more spunk.” Lily suggested that the President should make sure to do something fun and asked him to keep the country calm. Read what the President responded to Lily and check out her full letter below.

Read Lily’s letter to President Obama:

Lily’s letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President,

 

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Phased Retirement Implementation at the Department of Commerce

August 12, 2016

Guest blog post by Ellen Herbst and Howard Friedman, Co-chairs of the Department Labor Management Forum

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Prioritizing School Safety: A New Curriculum for Colleges and Universities to Address Sexual Assault

August 12, 2016

The Department of Education has made clear that colleges and universities have a legal and moral obligation to protect their students on their campuses.

Vice President Joe Biden at the University of Pittsburgh

Across the country, colleges and universities are prioritizing school safety by developing programs to prevent and respond to sexual assault, both on and off their campuses. Studies consistently show that 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault while in college in the United States, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Businesses need to invest in developing future talent

August 11, 2016

Guest blog post by Mike Foley, CEO of Zurich North America
Developing human capital is one of the most critical needs for businesses, especially in a technologically driven era. However, over the past decade, businesses have reported a persistent gap between employees available and skills the company desires.

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5 Ways to Support Staff with Education and Development

August 11, 2016

Back-to-school refrains are in the air, making it a great time to think about how you can help your staff get the education and training they need to improve and be better employees. In deciding...

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Listen to President Obama's Summer Playlist:

August 11, 2016

Last year, the White House jumped on Spotify to post President Obama's summer playlist.

Today, we've got the encore. 

President Obama is once again sharing his summer picks -- an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists feature legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso. 

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The State of the Urban/Rural Digital Divide

August 10, 2016

Crossposted from National Telecommunications & Information Administration blog.
By Edward Carlson, Policy Analyst, and by Justin Goss, Intern, Office of Policy Analysis and Development

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How to Have A Stand Out Business Credit Application

August 10, 2016

Getting approved for funding for your business is dependent on your perceived ability to repay the loan or line of credit. That’s why it’s important to make your application for credit or a loan...

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Bringing Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Officials Together for a Conversation on Community Policing

August 10, 2016

Since 2009, President Obama has made it a priority to provide local law enforcement with the tools necessary to protect the public while ensuring their own safety and wellness.

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