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Watch President Obama welcome Prime Minister Renzi of Italy live at 9:00am ET: 


Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host their 14th and final Official State Visit and State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister Renzi of Italy, and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini.  As Chief Curator at the White House since 2002, my job is to oversee the art and décor in the White House, which plays an important role in welcoming heads of state from across the globe.

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Watch President Obama speak in Washington, D.C. at 11:25 am ET


High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record

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Since President Obama took office, the high school graduation rate has increased steadily, growing by about four percentage points since the 2010-2011 school year (the first year all states used a consistent, four-year adjusted measure of high school completion).

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In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the White House Frontiers Conference, where many of America’s leading innovators came together to discuss how we can empower people through science, technology, and innovation to lead our communities, our country, and our world in the future. The President said the advances we’ve made as a nation demonstrate how investing in science and technology can help develop new jobs and industries, and new discoveries that improve lives – and that innovation is in our nation’s DNA.

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Addressing climate change remains a top priority for President Obama. The Administration is committed to take action on climate change by continuing to promote the transition to clean energy sources and create good paying jobs. As the President made clear in his Climate Action Plan, he firmly believes that the federal government should lead by example in improving energy efficiency and cutting harmful carbon pollution.

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On August 26th, President Obama publicly responded to a Facebook message sent to him by a citizen—a first for any president in history. Since then, he has received over one and a half million Facebook messages, sent from people based all around the world.

While receiving messages from the public isn’t a recent phenomenon—every day, the White House receives thousands of phone calls, physical letters, and submissions through our online contact form—being able to contact the President through Facebook has never been possible before.

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Under President Obama’s leadership, America continues to be the world’s most innovative country, with the greatest potential to develop the industries of the future and harness science and technology to help address important challenges. Over the past 8 years, President Obama has relentlessly focused on building U.S. capacity in science and technology.

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President Barack Obama views science exhibits during the 2015 White House Science Fair celebrating student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, in the Red Room, March 23, 2015. The President talks with Emily Bergenroth, Alicia Cutter, Karissa Cheng, Addy O'Neal, and Emery Dodson, all six-year-old Girl Scouts, from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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The following is crossposted from NASA.gov.


Today, President Obama outlined a vision to CNN for the future of space exploration.  Echoing what he said in the 2015 State of the Union address, the President wrote, “We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.

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Under President Obama’s leadership, America continues to be the world’s most innovative country—a country that is developing the industries of the future and harnessing science and technology to help address important challenges. 

Today, we are at the forefront of a new wave of innovation in aviation.

Over the last decade, commercial drones have emerged as an incredible tool for businesses and Americans across the country—and other startups are pursuing ideas that once seemed futuristic, like personal aircraft, but are now within reach.

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In this week's address, President Obama highlighted wage growth over the course of his presidency.

Since 2012, real wages have grown about 20 times faster than they did for almost three decades between 1980 and 2007. Last year, typical household income rose by $2,800 – the single largest increase on record. Across every race and age group in America, incomes rose and poverty rates fell; and 3.5 million people were lifted out of poverty – the largest one-year drop in the poverty rate since 1968. Thanks in part to states and communities that have raised the minimum wage, lower- and middle-income families saw the biggest boost in incomes. Although we've made significant progress, the President said more work needs to be done to strengthen the middle class – and this starts with a Congress that will put politics aside and act on commonsense ideas.

 

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The Record: Economy

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President Obama will travel to Pittsburgh, PA, on October 13 to host the White House Frontiers Conference, bringing together the Nation’s top innovators to discuss how new frontiers in science and technology will help improve lives and shape the future.  Today, we’re excited to announce more details about the event, which will include voices from five frontiers of innovation—personal, local, national, global, and interplanetary.

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Today marks the 5th annual Manufacturing Day! Across the country over 2,500 events are taking place to highlight what manufacturing careers have to offer young people, the work of manufacturing entrepreneurs large and small, and the technologies and skills that are the foundation of the most dynamic manufacturing sector in the world.

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Ten months ago, nations from across the globe gathered in Paris to announce an historic agreement to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement established a strong global consensus to reduce carbon pollution and set the world on a low-carbon course. For the agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions had to formally join.

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Today, President Obama headed to FEMA headquarters to get the latest update on our preparation and response efforts to Hurricane Matthew. America has not seen a hurricane this strong in almost a decade. A few days ago, Hurricane Matthew became the first Category 5 hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 2007 -- and countries in the Caribbean, including Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica, have already felt the impact.

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"A rare moment of weekend laughter with the President's key national security aides, from left, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, and Deputy National Security Avril Haines as they joke about a cartoon in the New Yorker that resembled the three women." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

As I have traveled the globe throughout my career, I have been constantly reminded of the indispensable role of American leadership as a force for peace, progress and prosperity.

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The President watches the sun set over Manila Bay from his hotel balcony in Manila." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President watches the sun set over Manila Bay from his hotel balcony in Manila. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This week, President Obama kicked off Filipino-American History Month with a special message celebrating the countless ways Filipino Americans have helped move our country forward. Take a look at the President's message:

President's Message on Filpino American History Month

 

The White House
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October 1, 2016
 
I am pleased to join in celebrating Filipino-American History Month and in recognizing Filipino Americans across our country for the many ways they have enriched our society.
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Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, sent the following message to the White House email list. Didn't get the message? Sign up for updates here.


As twin brothers growing up in North Carolina, our parents gave us a Hi8 video camera in the third grade. We became obsessed with it — when other kids went to summer camp, we’d wander around our neighborhood with our friends, filming our own stories.

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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 2016. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 5.74 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section

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Second-quarter economic growth was revised to 1.4 percent at an annual rate in the third estimate, up 0.3 percentage point from the second estimate. Consumer spending grew strongly at 4.3 percent in the second quarter—its second-fastest quarterly growth since 2006—and, in contrast to recent quarters, net exports and business fixed investment also added to GDP growth.

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Last month, the White House announced the first-ever South by South Lawn (SXSL), a festival to celebrate the spirit of innovation and bring together creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to discuss how we can tackle some of our biggest challenges. Since then, we have received over 20,000 nominations of people who are helping to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.

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Getting a hands on demonstration from salmon fisherwomen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Getting a hands on demonstration from salmon fisherwomen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

President Obama visited Alaska in 2015 to observe first-hand the extreme disruptions affecting the Arctic region due to climate change and highlight the role of science in understanding and responding to these changes. While there, he spent time listening to the people who live in Alaska, to learn how climate change is impacting their way of life.

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President and co-founder of Thumbtack Jonathan Swanson sent the below message to a White House email list during the Millennial Outreach and Engagement Summit. Didn't get the message? Make sure to sign up for the latest updates.


Like most business owners, I spend a lot of time looking at numbers. Are revenues up? Are costs down? The business owners we serve have many different professions -- roofer, caterer, personal trainer, to name just a few -- but we all share one thing in common: we are all our own accountants.

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This is the latest post in our "Asked and Answered" series, in which we periodically feature an exchange between the President or a Senior Administration Official and an American who wrote him. If you'd like to write the President yourself, you can do so here.


As a candidate visiting the Crow Nation in Montana in May 2008, President Obama pledged to host an annual summit with tribal leaders to ensure that tribal nations have a seat at the table when facing important decisions about their communities.

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Congressman John Lewis sent the below message to the White House email list -- if you didn't get the message, you can sign up here for updates.


Watch Rep. John Lewis and President Obama speak at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


I've been waiting to see this day for 15 years -- and in some ways, my whole life.

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In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The President recognized the museum for celebrating the many accomplishments of the African American community – and for telling the fuller story of America by facing the uncomfortable truths of our Nation’s history all while embracing the knowledge that America is a constant work in progress.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture not only tells the African American story – it tells the American story. By telling the fuller account of the American story, the President said, the museum will give all of us a chance to reflect and set the course for generations to come.

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Celebrating African American History at the White House

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Watch President Obama speak at a White House reception for the Museum of African American History & Culture at 4:20 pm ET.


Tomorrow, President Obama will welcome our newest addition to the National Mall: the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, a museum dedicated to telling a fuller story of America through the history of African Americans.

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Earlier this month, we accompanied President Obama to the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. It was a productive summit across the board. But perhaps the most significant moment came when President Obama and President Xi stood together and formally joined the landmark Paris Agreement, committing the two nations responsible for roughly 40 percent of global carbon emissions to take serious and sustained action to combat climate change.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sent the below message to the White House email list ahead of President Obama's remarks at a UN Refugee Summit. Read more stories from refugees in America and make sure to sign up for the latest updates.


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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

I came to the United States as a refugee when I was 11 years old.

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In this week's address, President Obama called on Republicans in Congress to do their jobs. With Congress back in session there is a lot of business that needs to get done, including funding the fight against Zika, providing resources to help the flood victims in Louisiana, and giving Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland the courtesy of a fair hearing and a vote.

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While bipartisanship can seem rare in Washington, leaders from both sides of the aisle came together today to support the President’s trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  

This morning, President Obama met with former Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg (I), Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards (R), Governor of Ohio John Kasich (R), and Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed (D) -- along with other business, government, and national security leaders -- to discuss how the President’s trade deal can benefit American workers and businesses and strengthen our national security.

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White House staffer Felicia Escobar sent the below message to the White House email list to mark the first week of President Obama's final Hispanic Heritage Month. Didn't get the message? Sign up for updates here.


Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! This is my seventh year celebrating it as a staffer at the White House, and it’s hard to believe it will be the final one.

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We think that the time has now come to remove all the sanctions that hurt us economically, because our country is in a position to open up to those who are interested in taking part in our economic enterprises. We would like to invite all of you to come to see our country, to see why you should invest there, and see how you can invest there in such a way that you will benefit from it as much as we can.
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