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Items filtered by date: June 2016


This week, the President's attention was focused on Orlando, and on the worst mass shooting in American history. The President called it an act of terror and an act of hate. He spent the week making clear that we would get to the bottom of what happened and stand with the people of Orlando, including the LGBT community that came under attack, as they mourned the loss of so many innocent loved ones. That's June 10th to June 16th or, "We Will Stand with Orlando." 




Following a meeting with his National Security Council today, President Obama delivered remarks on our fight against ISIL. In the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the President made clear that the federal government is taking every measure to stop similar attacks. He then highlighted the latest in our intensifying efforts to destroy ISIL and made clear that in this fight we will not abandon the values that define us as Americans.



Today, women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and more women than ever are the breadwinners in their families. More women are also working in positions and fields that have been traditionally occupied by men.

Yet in 2014, the typical woman working full-time all year in the United States earned only 79 percent of what the typical man earned working full-time all year.



Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett sent the below message to the White House email list to invite people to join in the first United State of Women Summit. Didn't get the message? Sign up for updates here.

Here's why we're talking about the #StateofWomen today:

Women are increasingly serving as leaders throughout industry, civil society, and government -- but we know that we cannot rest until we tackle the critical issues that still prevent women and girls from reaching their true potential.



NBA Champion Alonzo Mourning sent the following message to the White House email list to discuss the vital importance of organ donation. Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here.

During my basketball career, I won the NBA Finals and an Olympic Gold Medal. I thought I was strong enough to take on anything that came my way -- that there was nothing I couldn't just put some ice on and play through.



America’s progress in science and technology has countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach... New breakthroughs in treating cancer and ending the wait for organ transplants… That’s some of what America can do.
President Obama, May 19, 2016

Just one organ donor can save 8 lives


Why We Must Reduce the Organ Waiting List

There are currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting list for an organ in the United States.



Watch President Obama's statement:

Read the President's full remarks:

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city.



WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, President Obama discussed the crippling economic crisis harming 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico. Today, the island is spending over a third of its tax revenue on debt payments – and on July 1, Puerto Rico is facing another $2 billion in debt payments that it cannot make.

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