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    Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    President Obama talked about improving the state of the middle class thorough better jobs and preparing Americans with skill sets for those jobs before signing H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bill reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which provides supports to adult education and job training. Vice President Biden introduced the president and presented him with a road map to obtaining the highest-skilled workforce in the world developed by Congress that President Obama had requested during his State of the Union address.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to questions on a range of issues. He responded to that day’s D.C. Circuit ruling striking down premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act for consumers who used federal exchanges, saying the administration’s case was strong and that Americans would continue to receive tax credits. In addition, Josh Earnest also discussed the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and President Obama’s West Coast trip.

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    Drink Up Initiative

    First lady Michelle Obama announced seven more companies supporting her “Drink Up” initiative, which encouraged Americans to ingest more water to improve their health.

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    Medal of Honor Ceremony for Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts

    President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts for actions he took when his company’s outpost in Wanat, Afghanistan, was overrun by the Taliban July 13, 2008.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to questions on a number of issues. Among the topics he addressed were the influx unaccompanied children from Central America crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. response to the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Other topics included the use of anonymous sources.

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    President Obama on Ukraine

    President Obama made a statement regarding the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine. He urged Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine to grant international investigators access to the plane crash site. .He also warned Russia that it was continuing to isolate itself from the international community. He began his remarks by talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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    Executive Order on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Discrimination

    President Obama made remarks before signing an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He talked about the need to ensure that Americans were equipped with the skills employers were looking for.

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    President Obama on Situation in Ukraine

    President Obama made a statement about the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. He called on Russia and President Vladimir Putin to diffuse the situation. He also spoke about the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the Israeli Defense Forces ground campaign in Gaza. He then responded to questions from reporters.

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    President Obama on Ukraine and Russia

    President Obama spoke about Ukraine and other U.S. foreign policy issues after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry. The president announced sanctions against Russia’s financial services, energy, and defense sectors in response to Russia’s destabilization efforts in eastern Ukraine. He also spoke about the disputed elections in Afghanistan, the possibility of a ceasefire in Gaza, and continued negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.