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  • West Wing Week: 07/03/15 or, “Amazing Grace”

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

  • LEAD-ing the Way to a More Efficient Criminal Justice System

    The White House hosted a national convening on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a pre-booking diversion program that the Seattle and Santa Fe police departments are using to enhance public safety while keeping nonviolent offenders out of jail.

  • This Day in History: President Lyndon B. Johnson Signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    On June 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.

  • Improving transparency and ensuring continued safety in biotechnology

    While the current regulatory system for biotechnology products effectively protects health and the environment, advances in science and technology since 1992 have been altering the product landscape. That's why today the White House is issuing a memorandum directing the three Federal agencies that have oversight responsibilities for these products— EPA, FDA, and USDA—to develop a long-term strategy to ensure that the system is prepared for the future products of biotechnology, and commission an expert analysis of the future landscape of biotechnology products to support this effort.

  • Estimating the Benefits from Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions

    By now, just about everyone accepts that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are warming our planet and changing our climate in harmful ways. With growing frequency we see headlines about extreme weather events such as heat waves, polar melting, severe drought, and violent storms—a dangerous mix whose costs for our economy and environment will only grow over time. Transitioning to a lower carbon economy is an essential step toward reducing these costs. The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a tool that helps Federal agencies decide which carbon-reducing regulatory approaches make the most sense—to know which come at too great a cost and which are a good deal for society.

  • Meet Nick: One in 5 Million Americans Who Could Be Helped by the Overtime Rule

    The President announced that we will extend overtime pay for nearly 5 million people. Nick may be one of them.

  • The Administration Takes a Big Step in Addressing Climate-Damaging HFCs

    The Obama Administration today took decisive action on climate change by curbing the use of the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

  • Asked and Answered: Hannah's Song

    Meet Hannah, the daughter of Lt. Col. Todd E. Bajakian, who realizes first-hand how important it is that we give our military families the support they need. This past May at the White House’s annual Mother’s Day Tea, Hannah had the opportunity to meet the First Lady and give her the lyrics to her original song, “All On The Line.”

  • The Employment Situation in June

    The economy added 223,000 jobs in June as the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. Our economy has now added 5.6 million jobs over the past two years, the strongest two-year job growth since 2000.

  • Kelly Wrote the President About Health Reform -- Today, She's With Him in Nashville.

    Today, the President will be speaking in Nashville, Tennessee to talk about the ways health care reform is continuing to help millions of Americans. On his way over, he picked up Kelly Bryant to thank her for the letter she wrote him about the Affordable Care Act and to hear directly from her about how it changed her life.