Tag: President Obama

Building on What Works to Create Opportunity for Young Men of Color

During his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama called on the philanthropic and business communities to help his Administration come up with solutions to the myriad challenges faced by young men and boys of color. He stated, “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new

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5 Issues President Obama Needs to Address in the State of the Union

President Obama is expected to make economic inequality a major component of his State of the Union Tuesday night, addressing what recent headlines and research have concluded is a threat to the future prosperity of our country. Consistently stagnant levels of economic mobility further underscores the president’s need to address this issue, as the ability

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Will President Obama Keep His Promise?

Nearly a year after putting forth the idea in his 2013 State of the Union address, last Thursday President Obama officially announced the Administration’s first five “Promise Zones.” In last year’s State of the Union, President Obama addressed the topic of economic mobility – or the ability to get ahead in life – with a

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Why Did President Obama Choose Phoenix to Talk About Housing? It Might Not Be Why You Think.

Recently, President Obama gave a speech in Phoenix, AZ about housing and homeownership. In much of his speech, the President discussed his Administration’s principals for reform of the housing finance system, as well as the on-going rebound in home prices. While the city is cited as an example of the housing boom, bust, and recovery cycle – the

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“We Need to Act” – President Obama’s Clarion Call for Action on Climate Change

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama gave a rousing speech that introduced his Administration’s Climate Action Plan, a speech that aimed to position the U.S. as a global leader on climate change. ”We want a global low-carbon economy,” he said. While the global perspective is certainly an important one, local communities – cities, towns, and counties– indeed

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Bringing Veterans Back into the Fabric of Our Communities

This year’s 4th of July is a unique opportunity to reflect on our nation’s veterans. As our military begins to wind down involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation also marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812 and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. What came

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Congressional Appropriators Side with NLC, Local First Responders on DHS Grants

Over the past week, both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations marked up legislation that would reject a proposal from the Administration to consolidate 16 targeted homeland security grants into one state-centric grant program called the National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP).  For the National League of Cities, our members, and first responders across the nation,

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