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Items filtered by date: July 2016



This week, President Obama will bring together voices for a conversation on addressing racial disparities in our criminal justice system. Today, he took to Facebook to call on all Americans to be part of that conversation. Read the President's post, then submit your ideas above.

"Last week's tragedies in Dallas, Falcon Heights, and Baton Rouge shook our conscience and left us with more questions than answers.



Today, President Obama laid out the progress we've made on health care in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In his paper, "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps," the President assessed the ways that the Affordable Care Act has improved our health care system, from expanding and improving coverage to reforming our health care delivery system.



This week, the First Family invited military families to celebrate Independence Day in the East Room, and the President made an important decision to strengthen our national security. He then traveled to Poland for the NATO Summit. That's July 1st to July 7th or, "This is an American Issue."




In this week's address, Vice President Joe Biden commemorated the lives of the five police officers who were killed and the seven people who were wounded in Dallas. The police officers were providing safety to those who were peacefully marching against racial injustices in the criminal justice system – and the shocking images of the lives lost in St.



"I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas ... Let's be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement."
President Obama

As law enforcement continues to gather more information, here's what we know: On the night of July 7, 2016, the police in dallas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted.



Ed. note: This was cross-posted from the Department of Transportation's Fast Lane blog. You can view the original post here

Today, DOT is taking another step toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage with Cuba by restoring scheduled air service to the nation’s capital and largest city.

As part of the Obama Administration’s historic efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, DOT proposed to select eight U.S.



Today, Congress took an historic step by passing the Global Food Security Act, an important piece of bipartisan legislation that reaffirms the United States’ commitment to ending global hunger, poverty and child malnutrition. 

As National Security Advisor, I’ve always considered food security to be not only a security imperative but also a moral imperative.



President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan
President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, Muslims in America and around the world are breaking fast and celebrating the end of Ramadan with family and friends. President Obama offered the following statement: 

Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe.


Today, President Obama provided an update on our mission in Afghanistan, announcing that the U.S. will maintain approximately 8,400 troops there through the end of his Administration. The President said that this decision, based on a recommendation from U.S. General Nicholsan, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Dunford will allow the U.S.

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