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President Obama to Participate in a Town Hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act

White House Blog - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:19pm

Ed. note: Tune in right here at WhiteHouse.gov/LatinoTownHall on Thursday, March 6 at 11:30 am ET to watch the town hall live.

This Thursday, March 6, at 11:30 am ET, President Obama will participate in a historic town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The town hall “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley: Conversación con el Presidente” (Your Health and the New Law: A Conversation with the President) will be an opportunity for you to ask the President questions about the Affordable Care Act. You can join the conversation and submit questions on social media using the hashtag #TuSaludyObama (Your Health and Obama) and #Asegurate.

The town hall will be hosted by the Asegúrate campaign, also known as “Get Covered”, a partnership between the California Endowment; Covered California, and the largest Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S., including Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia. The town hall with President Obama which will be televised, livestreamed and broadcast over radio, digital and social platforms in Spanish, will provide an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China And Invites Young People to Participate

White House Blog - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:22am

Note: Visit WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Visit to sign up for email updates from the First Lady and get the latest news about the trip.

On March 19th, I’ll be heading to China for an official visit – and I want young people like you across America to join me.

Over the past five years as First Lady, I’ve traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey.  With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage.

My husband and I take the time to visit countries like China because we know that today, more than ever before, our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world. 

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Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Fuels, and a Cleaner Bill of Health

White House Blog - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:55am

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the EPA Connect blog. See the original post here.

Today I’m thrilled to announce EPA’s new clean fuel and vehicle standards that are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our wallets. These “Tier 3” emission standards for cars and gasoline will significantly reduce harmful emissions, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, and encourage innovation and technological improvements in the cars and trucks we drive.

By reducing gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60% (down from 30 to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2017), vehicle emission control technologies can perform more efficiently, both on existing vehicles and on new ones. The new Tier 3 standards will also slash a range of harmful pollutants that can cause premature death and respiratory illnesses. They will reduce smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) by 80%, establish a 70% tighter particulate matter standard (PM2.5), and virtually eliminate fuel vapor emissions.

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Weekly Address: Investing in Technology and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

White House Blog - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 4:00am

In his weekly address, President Obama said he took action this week to launch new manufacturing hubs and expand a competition to fund transformative infrastructure projects. Both are policies aimed at expanding economic opportunity for all by creating jobs and ensuring the long-term strength of the American economy. Congress can boost this effort by passing a bipartisan proposal to create a nationwide network of high-tech manufacturing hubs and taking steps to invest in our nation’s infrastructure – rebuilding our transportation system, creating new construction jobs, and better connecting Americans to economic opportunities.

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Weekly Wrap Up: the White House Hosts a Film Festival, the President and Vice President Show Their Moves, and More

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 5:47pm

This week, the White House hosted its first-ever film festival. The President and Vice President showed us how they move, and the VP gave Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers some gifts. Check out what you missed in this week's wrap up.

It's the First-Ever White House Film Festival

Students and celebrities walked the White House red carpet earlier today as they entered the first-ever White House Film Festival. 

Kal Penn, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson were on hand to showcase the 16 Official Selections, chosen from over 2,500 submissions -- all celebrating the role of technology in the classroom. As you can see, a Presidential selfie was in order.

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The White House Hosts Its First-Ever Student Film Festival

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 5:36pm

President Barack Obama speaks with students in the State Dining Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Back in November, we asked K-12 students across the country to create short films on the role that technology plays in their classrooms. We asked them to tell us why technology is so important, and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future.

And they responded with nearly 3,000 films.

Today, in collaboration with the American Film Institute, we hosted more than a dozen of the young filmmakers at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival, where we presented our 16 official selections. Special guests included Kal Penn, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, along with Conan O’Brien who addressed the students by video.

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President Obama Speaks on the Situation in Ukraine

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 5:34pm

This afternoon, the President delivered a statement on the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

The United States has been clear that the Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future and that we stand for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and democratic future of Ukraine. Today, the President reiterated those principles and stated that the United States will “continue to coordinate closely with our European allies, ... communicate directly with the Russian government, and ... keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop."

Read his full remarks here.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Ukraine in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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More than 3.47 Million Records Released

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 2:59pm

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 November 2013. Today’s release also includes visitor records generated prior to September 16, 2009 that were requested by members of the public in January 2014 pursuant to the White House voluntary disclosure policy. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to over 3.47 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Being Biden Vol. 13: It's All About Possibilities

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:50pm

In this edition of Being Biden, Vice President Joe Biden talks about meeting with Jonathan Stoklosa -- a powerlifter who's competed in the Special Olympics and, in the words of the Vice President, "an incredible young man."

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Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 9:30am

First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

This week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and recognize a new child care provider signing on to support the program. Since launching in 2011, over 12,000 providers have committed to fostering healthy environments and instilling healthy habits among our nation’s preschoolers that will last a lifetime. Through Let’s Move! Child Care, providers are increasing physical activity, limiting screen time, serving healthier food and beverages, and supporting breastfeeding mothers. More than 1 million children are being reached by early childhood education networks that have committed to Let’s Move! Child Care.

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Today: The First-Ever White House Student Film Festival

White House Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 6:21am

The very best person to talk to about how modern technology is changing our classrooms isn't me, or even the President.

It's a student who is actually learning from those tools every day -- accessing school assignments online, watching online video lessons to learn a new concept, or even talking directly with other students around the world with new technology.

That's why, a few months ago, the White House challenged students all across the country to create short films answering a simple question:

Why is technology so important in the classroom -- and how will it change the educational experience for kids in the future?

The response was overwhelming. And today, the 16 official selections are going to be screened at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.

You're going to want to tune in for this one. Watch the official selections, then tune in today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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West Wing Week 02/28/14 or "I Am My Brother's Keeper"

White House Blog - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:00pm

This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move" Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

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The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For: The President and the Vice President Show Us Their Moves

White House Blog - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 9:40pm

Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

Last week, the First Lady kicked off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! on the “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” To demonstrate the national scope of all the great work happening around the country, the First Lady encouraged people of all ages to show her how they move through eating more fruits and vegetables, getting physically active, or making healthy changes like planting a community garden. She asked you to Facebook it, Tweet it, and Instagram it using #LetsMove and she told viewers that if enough people participated, the President and the Vice President would show us their moves. 

From kids and families, to schools, organizations, celebrities, athletes, businesses, and other leaders, we’ve seen such an incredible response to this call to action. We are truly inspired by everyone, and thanks to all of you, we are moving our country to a healthier, new norm. 

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the President and the Vice President show us how they move:

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President Obama Launches My Brother's Keeper, His New Initiative to Help Young Men of Color

White House Blog - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 5:32pm

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This afternoon, in the East Room of the White House, President Obama delivered remarks at the launch event for My Brother's Keeper -- his new initiative aimed at helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential. The initiative will bring together private philanthropies, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders, and nonprofit organizations that are committed to helping them succeed.

As the President said in today's remarks, ensuring that young men of color can reach their full potential is the only way "America can reach its full potential."

President Obama announced that philanthropies and corporate leaders have pledged to invest at least $200 million over the next five years -- on top of $150 million that they have already invested -- to figure out which programs are the most successful in helping young men of color and replicate them in communities across the country. He also signed a presidential memorandum directing the federal government to determine the best methods to improve the odds for young men of color.

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Helping Families Make Healthier Choices: FDA to Update Nutrition Facts Label

White House Blog - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 3:06pm

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

This morning at the White House, the celebration of Let’s Move!’s fourth anniversary continued with another announcement demonstrating how the country is moving toward a healthier new norm. As part of continued efforts to ensure that parents have the information they need to make healthier choices, the First Lady was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label, which is on over 700,000 products that you find in your local grocery store. 

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My Brother’s Keeper: A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

White House Blog - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 8:26am

A student eyes the Emancipation Proclamation as the President gave students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago a tour of the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, from the East Room of the White House, President Obama will launch a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society which too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. These obstacles are found in our schools, our communities, our criminal justice system, our families, and even in the minds of our young people themselves. The President is committed to build a broad coalition of backers to help break down barriers, clear pathways to opportunity, and reverse troubling trends which show too many of our boys and young men of color slipping through the cracks in our society. 

To launch the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, the President will be joined by local and national leaders in philanthropy, business, government, faith communities, and media.  The challenges facing boys and young men of color are broad and multidimensional, and so must be the team we bring to the table to begin fostering solutions.  

On hand today will be General Colin Powell, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Adam Silver, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, Magic Johnson, and many more leaders from key national and regional philanthropic foundations and major businesses, all of whom understand what is at stake with this effort.  When we let this many boys and young men fall behind – we are crippling our ability to reach our full potential as a nation.

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President Obama Lays Out New Plan for Upgrading Our Transportation Infrastructure

White House Blog - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:11pm

President Barack Obama sits in the cab and talks with a worker during a tour of the Light Rail Maintenance Building in St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This afternoon, the President traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota to unveil a new plan to upgrade America's transportation infrastructure and put people back to work.

Speaking at St. Paul's historic Union Depot train station, President Obama announced that the Department of Transportation is making available $600 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, a tremendously successful program investing in our nation's infrastructure. These new grants mark the sixth round of the TIGER program, which has already invested $3.5 billion in 270 transportation projects across the country.

The President explained that "one of the fastest and best ways to create good jobs is by rebuilding America’s infrastructure -- our roads, our bridges, our rails, our ports, our airports, our schools, our power grids. We’ve got a lot of work to do out there, and we’ve got to put folks to work."

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Crime Doesn't Pay

White House Blog - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:26pm

Crime doesn’t pay when it comes to defrauding Medicare or Medicaid. But our crime-fighting efforts do.

Over these past three years, every dollar we’ve invested to fight fraud and abuse has returned $8.10 to the American taxpayer. We recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion last year and $19.2 billion over the last five years.

Today, we released a joint HHS-Justice Department report that tells more of this story. Click here to read it.

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Creating Healthier Out-of-School Environments for Kids Across the Country

White House Blog - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:11pm

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Let's Move! blog. See the original post here.

Continuing the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady traveled to Miami to visit a parks and recreation center to highlight a new announcement around healthy out-of-school time programs. In a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will work to create healthy environments for their out-of-school time programs.

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All-of-the-Above is Making a Difference Across America

White House Blog - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:10am

Ed. note: This is a crosspost from Energy.gov. See the original post, and a gallery from the Secretary's travels, here.

During his recent State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated the importance of American energy: “One of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy. The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.”

In the month since the President’s speech, I’ve been traveling across the country to highlight the Administration’s efforts to promote production of domestic energy, create jobs and opportunities for American families, and address the serious issues posed by climate change. The President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is a path to progress on all three points.

Four weeks ago, I was in Virginia to talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and job creation in the energy field. I visited Hampton University, a historically black university that has evolved into an impressive research university -- partly by drawing on collaboration with nearby Energy Department and NASA facilities. While there, I was able to announce that Hampton’s President, Bill Harvey, has become an Ambassador for the Energy Department’s Minorities in Energy program.

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