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The Economic Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama announced his intention to move forward using his own authority and raise the minimum wage for workers on new and replacement Federal service contracts to $10.10 an hour. As the President said, “If you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to […]

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President Obama: Making Our Economy Work for Every Working American

Yesterday, President Obama spoke about what he called the defining challenge of our time: reversing a decades-long slope toward growing inequality and a lack of upward mobility. It’s a trend that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain, the idea that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. In the years after […]

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President Obama Announces New Diplomatic Efforts With Iran—The President Also Issues Warning to Congress

Today, President Obama spoke with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the first communication between an American and Iranian President since 1979. The two leaders discussed ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. In a statement this afternoon from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama said that while “success is by […]

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President Obama Speaks on the Economy

Today President Obama returned to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois to kick off a series of speeches about his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class — and those fighting to join it – front and center. In his remarks, President Obama laid out the progress we’ve made together in the five years since […]

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President Obama Announces New National Security Team Members

President Obama announces that after more than four years overseeing the work of the National Security Council, Tom Donilon will depart in July as National Security Advisor and will be succeeded by Susan Rice. Ambassador Rice will be succeeded by Samantha Power as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, pending Senate confirmation. June […]

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President Obama Discusses U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy

Speaking at National Defense University yesterday, President Obama laid out the framework for U.S. counterterrorism strategy, while balancing our obligation to Constitutional principles, and our historic role in the world. “For over two centuries, the United States has been bound together by founding documents that defined who we are as Americans, and served as our […]

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President Obama Meets Young Israelis and Palestinians on Second Day of his Middle East Trip

President Obama was in the West Bank for the first time since 2008 on the second day of his visit to the Middle East, where he held meetings in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad, and attended a cultural event at Al-Bireh Youth Center. President Obama, who was joined by Secretary of […]

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President Obama Tells Israeli People: The U.S Is Proud to Be “Your Strongest Ally and Your Greatest Friend”

On the first day of his visit to the Middle East, the first foreign trip of his second term, President Obama was in Israel, where he met with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit is historic, marking the first time the President has visited Israel since taking office, and comes as its […]

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Statement by the President on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War

“As we mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war, Michelle and I join our fellow Americans in paying tribute to all who served and sacrificed in one of our nation’s longest wars.   We salute the courage and resolve of more than 1.5 million service members and civilians who during multiple tours […]

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President Obama Hosts a Celebration of Women’s History Month at the White House

Yesterday President Obama welcomed a group of accomplished and inspiring women to a reception in the East Room of the White House. The group, which included leaders like A&E Networks CEO Abbe Raven, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Girl Scouts’ CEO Anna Maria Chávez, astronaut Sunita Williams, activists Dolores Huerta and Lilly Ledbetter, and WNBA star (and 3-time Olympic Gold […]

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