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  • In this year's State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their workers a minimum wage of $10.10. Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a final rule that implements the Executive Order -- and the rule will benefit almost 200,000 American workers.

    "By raising the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts, we're rewarding a hard day's work with fair pay," Secretary Perez said.

    But there's more we can do. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. This is personal for millions of Americans, whether they earn the current minimum wage or not.

    And over the course of the past several months, tens of thousands of you have shared what raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would mean to you personally, or to your communities. You can read some of those stories by hovering over the dots on the interactive map below.

    Then, learn more and share your own story at WhiteHouse.gov/Raise-the-Wage.

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    Alabama

    The people of Alabama need this.

    The people of Alabama need this.
    Susan L.
    Birmingham, Alabama (map)

    Alaska

    Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…

    Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…
    Nicholas H
    Wasilla, Alaska (map)

    Arizona

    As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!

    As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!
    Beverlee H.
    Flagstaff, Arizona (map)

    I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.

    I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.
    April S.
    Phoenix, Arizona (map)

    It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.

    It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.
    Ryan M.
    Chandler, Arizona (map)

    Arkansas

    It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.

    It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.
    Lynita W.
    Greenbrier, Arkansas (map)

    California

    All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.

    All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.
    Elaine B.
    San Francisco, California (map)

    I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.

    I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.
    Michael R.
    South El Monte, California (map)

    All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.

    All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.
    Rebecca F.
    Blue Lake, California (map)

    I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.

    I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.
    Alissa M.
    Folsom, California (map)

    Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….

    Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….
    Susan J.
    Los Angeles, California (map)

    Colorado

    Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.

    Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.
    Jonathan H.
    Cañon City, Colorado (map)

    Connecticut

    Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.

    Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.
    Madlyn B.
    Essex, Connecticut (map)

    Deleware

    Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…

    Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…
    Walter A.
    Wilmington, Deleware (map)

    Florida

    I can afford to house and feed my children.

    I can afford to house and feed my children.
    Natalie M.
    DeLand, FL, Florida (map)

    Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.

    Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.
    Renee H.
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida (map)

    Georgia

    My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.

    My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.
    John H.
    Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (map)

    My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.

    My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.
    Desiree H.
    Rincon, Georgia (map)

    Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.

    Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.
    Eddie L.
    Smyrna, Georgia (map)

    Hawaii

    The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.

    The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.
    Suzanne G.
    Lahaina, Hawaii (map)

    Idaho

    We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.

    We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.
    Christine M.
    Moscow, Idaho (map)

    Illinois

    I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.

    I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.
    Margie T.
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois (map)

    Indiana

    Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.

    Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.
    Jon O.
    Williamsport, Indiana (map)

    Iowa

    I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.

    I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.
    Justin M.
    Ida Grove, Iowa (map)

    Kansas

    Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.

    Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.
    Terry B.
    Kansas City, KS, Kansas (map)

    Kentucky

    My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.

    My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.
    Shannon M.
    Nicholasville, Kentucky (map)

    Louisiana

    It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.

    It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.
    Daniel C.
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana (map)

    Maine

    My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.

    My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.
    Nancy S.
    Brooksville, Maine (map)

    Maryland

    I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.

    I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.
    Annette B.
    Bel Air, Maryland (map)

    Minnesota

    Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.

    Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.
    Tim B.
    Minneapolis, Minnesota (map)

    Mississippi

    Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!

    Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!
    Dawn C.
    Madison, Mississippi (map)

    Missouri

    I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.

    I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.
    Jerry C.
    Kearney, Missouri (map)

    Montana

    Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!

    Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!
    Stephanie C.
    Gardiner, Montana (map)

    Nebraska

    Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!

    Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!
    Lee C.
    Omaha, Nebraska (map)

    I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.

    I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.
    Ashley S.
    Lexington, Nebraska (map)

    Nevada

    I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.

    I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.
    Nicholas C.
    Las Vegas, Nevada (map)

    New Jersey

    People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.

    People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.
    Ellen K.
    Elizabeth, New Jersey (map)

    New Mexico

    As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.

    As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.
    Jane E.
    Taos, New Mexico (map)

    New York

    Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.

    Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.
    Laura P.
    Albany, New York (map)

    North Carolina

    Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!

    Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!
    Micki P.
    Boonville, North Carolina (map)

    Ohio

    I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.

    I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.
    Andrea F.
    Cincinnati, Ohio (map)

    Oklahoma

    In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.

    In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.
    JoAnn R.
    Norman, Oklahoma (map)

    Oregon

    I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.

    I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.
    Garret S.
    Wolf Creek, Oregon (map)

    Pennsylvania

    As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.

    As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.
    Rebecca L.
    Kutztown, Pennsylvania (map)

    South Carolina

    Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!

    Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!
    Hannah R.
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (map)

    South Dakota

    I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.

    I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.
    Meron G.
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota (map)

    Tennessee

    Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.

    Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.
    Kathy L.
    Kingston Springs, Tennessee (map)

    Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.

    Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.
    Griselda S.
    Rockwood, Tennessee (map)

    Texas

    I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.

    I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.
    Jim W.
    Amarillo, Texas (map)

    I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.

    I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.
    Sawinder G.
    Garland, Texas (map)

    As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.

    As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.
    Judith A.
    Lubbock, Texas (map)

    I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.

    I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.
    Lucille H.
    Sealy, Texas (map)

    It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.

    It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.
    Karen H.
    Weslaco, Texas (map)

    Utah

    It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.

    It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.
    George H.
    Washington, Utah (map)

    Vermont

    I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.

    I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.
    Lily H.
    Peru, Vermont (map)

    Virginia

    I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.

    I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.
    Lynn R.
    Alexandria, Virginia (map)

    I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.

    I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.
    Jesse M.
    Strasburg, Virginia (map)

    Washington

    Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 

    Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 
    Rachel A.
    Spokane, Washington (map)

    West Virginia

    I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.

    I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.
    Gary G.
    Salem, West Virginia (map)

    Wisconsin

    My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.

    My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.
    Chales G.
    Hartland, Wisconsin (map)

    My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.

    My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.
    Ann M.
    Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (map)

    Wyoming

    It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.

    It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.
    Thomas D.
    Casper , Wyoming (map)

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    President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. Dr. Frieden updated the President on the recently-diagnosed Ebola case in Dallas, Texas. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the confirmation of the first Ebola case in the United States in a person who traveled from West Africa. 

    In a press conference, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the virus was diagnosed in someone traveling from Liberia. Although the person had no symptoms when leaving Liberia, or when entering the United States, he started to present symptoms four to five days following his travel. The patient was admitted and placed in isolation on Sunday, September 28.

  • In February of this year, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, non-profit, philanthropic, faith, and community leaders around shared goals for young people in this country.

    And now, the Administration is taking this effort local, by engaging Mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives who are stepping up to lead in their communities. In a speech this past Saturday at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) awards dinner, President Obama announced the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, which will encourage communities (cities, counties, suburbs, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people, consistent with the goals and recommendations of the White House’s MBK Task Force’s May, 2014 report. Rather than build a new federal program, or provide a top-down solution to problems that are often unique to local neighborhoods, the President has called upon local leaders, and sought to provide them the support and momentum they need, to design and implement strategies that are proven to work to address a set of challenges that are too often taken on in silos. 

    There is already incredible work being done by elected and community leaders around the country. This MBK Community Challenge is about harnessing that energy, expanding upon it, and operationalizing plans of action to functionally channel it at the local level.

  • Earlier today, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent this message to the White House email list previewing President Obama's week ahead. Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.


    Hey,

    Last week at the United Nations, President Obama laid out a forceful case that in an uncertain world, American strength and leadership is the one constant.

    The United States is leading an international coalition in the fight to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine, and to contain and combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

    As the President said on Sunday night: That's how we roll.

    This Thursday, speaking to Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, the President will make the case for what has always fueled America's leadership -- and that's America's economic greatness. He'll take a step back from the rush of current events to explain what we've done to recover from the Great Recession and what we need to do to ensure that more middle-class Americans feel that progress in their own lives.

    Make sure you're watching. RSVP to watch the speech here -- and we'll email you on Thursday morning with an exclusive set of materials so you have the facts before the President speaks.

  • If you watch one video today, this should be it:

     

    Whenever challenges face the world, one fact is clear: The world looks to the United States.

    Last night, in an interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama explained why the United States is "the indispensable nation" when trouble arises in the world. From responding to humanitarian crises to confronting terrorism, America leads.

    Because -- as the President said -- "that’s how we roll."

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

    Motlow State Community College in Tennessee is working with Bridgestone Tire Company and other employers to expand their mechatronics program, creating a training facility on-site at Bridgestone to prepare students to move quickly into high-skill jobs.

    Estrella Mountain Community College is leading a consortium of five Arizona colleges to develop the workforce and talent pipeline required by the region’s energy and mining industries.

    Bellevue College in Washington state, together with eight other schools, is launching a program to train veterans and their eligible spouses in the high-demand, high-wage field of health information technology.

    All three of these efforts – and many more – are the result of a bold, unprecedented investment the Obama administration has made to expand job-driven training at community colleges nationwide.

    The program is called TAACCCT -- that stands for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training. As acronyms go, I’m not going to say it’s our very best work. But as a commitment to building a 21st century workforce, as a tool to prepare people for the jobs of today and tomorrow, it is second-to-none.

  • President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 25, 2014.

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    In this week’s address, the President reiterated the forceful and optimistic message of American leadership that he delivered in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week. America is leading the world against the most pressing challenges, including the fight to degrade and destroy ISIL, the effort to stop the Ebola epidemic, and the movement to confront the threat from climate change.

    The world looks to America and its commitment to freedom in the face of uncertainty, and as the President said, it will continue to do so for generations to come.

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  • This week, President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on issues that demand the attention of the global community -- including climate change and violent extremism. We celebrated the third birthday of We the People, wished the Jewish community a Happy New Year, and said goodbye to Attorney General Eric Holder.

    Interested in seeing what happened this week at the White House? Check out this week’s Weekly Wrap Up.


    President Obama on Climate Change: “We Have to Answer the Call”

    On Tuesday, at the U.N. Climate Summit, the President highlighted the ambitious clean energy investments and carbon emission reductions the United States has made. And while we’ve stepped up to act on climate change, President Obama made it clear that it’s time for our global partners to stand up too, because “no nation is immune to climate change”.

    “We have to answer the call. We know what we have to do to avoid irreparable harm. We have to cut carbon pollution in our own countries to prevent the worst effects of climate change. We have to adapt to the impacts that, unfortunately, we can no longer avoid. And we have to work together as a global community to tackle this global threat before it is too late.”

    Check out the chart below and see why we can’t wait to act on climate change:

  • 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 2014. Today’s release also includes visitor records generated prior to September 16, 2009 that were requested by members of the public in August 2014 pursuant to the White House voluntary disclosure policy. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 3.96 million -- all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

  • Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    This week, the President unveiled the "It's on Us" campaign, signed the America's Promise Summit Declaration, and headed to New York City for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. That's September 19 to September 25, or "Stronger When We Stand United."

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  • A good way to build a stronger economy is to create a fairer and more efficient tax code -- one that promotes business investment and job creation in the United States. That is why the President has proposed business tax reform that will simplify the tax code by lowering the corporate tax rate and closing wasteful loopholes.

    Congress has yet to act on the President’s proposal, and in the meantime, some companies continue to exploit unfair tax loopholes. One such loophole allows U.S. corporations to undertake an "inversion," whereby a company relocates their tax residence overseas, while changing very little else about its operations or business, in order to avoid paying taxes. With a simple change of paperwork, these companies can dramatically reduce their taxes, leaving other businesses and middle-class taxpayers to pick up the tab.

    Dozens of U.S. corporations have taken advantage of the inversions loophole in recent years, and more are looking to follow suit. By renouncing their U.S. citizenship, these companies will cost our country nearly $20 billion over the next decade -- critical dollars that could be used to grow and expand the middle class.

    The Treasury Department is using its authority to take initial, targeted steps to discourage American companies from inverting by limiting the benefits they would receive from such action. You don’t get to pick your tax rate, and neither should corporations.

    Take a look at why the President has called on Congress to close the inversion tax loophole:

     

  • The nations of the world, along with key international organizations, gather at the White House today to advance a Global Health Security Agenda that will help keep the world safe from infectious disease threats.

    This meeting is a critical opportunity to increase international commitment and, more importantly, action to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the infectious disease threats to come.

    Ebola is a critical issue for the world community. There’s a real risk to the stability and security of societies, as governments are increasingly challenged to not only control Ebola but to provide basic health services and other government functions. The stability of these countries and their economies, as well as those of their neighbors and of others, is at increasing risk.

    Ebola is the most recent tragic example of why it is imperative to work together to make the world safer from infectious disease outbreaks. Ebola is precisely the kind of health threat the Global Health Security Agenda could have prevented. We and our partner countries have agreed to work together so that effective prevention, detection, and response mechanisms are present in every country around the world.

  • Today’s revision confirms that economic growth in the second quarter was strong, and other recent data suggest that this momentum has continued into the subsequent months. While these indicators demonstrate that the economy has come a long way in recovering from the Great Recession, there is more work to do to both boost growth and ensure that growth translates into greater financial security for working families. The President will continue to do everything in his power to support investments in job creation and encourage higher incomes for workers.

    FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

    1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.6 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2014, the fastest pace since the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the third estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The strong second-quarter growth represents a rebound from a first-quarter decline in GDP that largely reflected transitory factors like unusually severe winter weather and a sharp slowdown in inventory investment. Growth in consumer spending and business investment picked up in the second quarter, and residential investment increased following two straight quarters of decline. Additionally, State and local government spending grew at the fastest quarterly rate in five years. However, net exports subtracted from overall GDP growth, as imports grew slightly faster than exports. Real gross domestic income (GDI), an alternative measure of the overall size of the economy, was up 5.2 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter. 

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    In remarks from the White House State Dining Room this afternoon, President Obama announced that Eric Holder will be stepping down from his current position as U.S. Attorney General.

    Assuming office in February 2009, Holder's nearly six-year tenure makes him one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in U.S. history. He will continue to serve as Attorney General until the President nominates his successor, and the successor is confirmed by the Senate.

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    The Ebola outbreak afflicting West African countries is now an epidemic of unprecedented proportions. President Obama has made combating this terrible disease a top national security priority and today, at the United Nations, he called on the world to join the United States in this effort.

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