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    Weekly Presidential Address Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. 

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    U.S. and Cuba Embassy Openings

    President Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of embassies by both countries in Washington and Havana. He also called on Congress to lift the embargo on Cuba.

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    Girl Scout Campout at the White House

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spoke to fourth-grade Girl Scouts attending the first-ever campout on the White House lawn. 

    The campout was part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move! Outside” initiative and was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial as well as President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative for fourth-graders.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama on Higher Education

    First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students and educators who have been successful in connecting their work in the classroom to real-life career opportunities. The event was part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative.

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    U.S.-Brazil Relations

    President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff held a joint news conference following a meeting in the Oval Office. In addition to issues of U.S.-Brazilian relations, President Obama addressed questions on the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and a string of positive moments for his presidential legacy over the prior week.

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    President Obama Bill Signing Ceremony

    President Obama signed two bills at a ceremony in the White House East Room, H.R. 2146, the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, and H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Expansion Act of 2015. H.R. 1295 allows the president to submit trade pacts for congressional review under a fast-track trade authority that limits legislators' ability to amend the agreements. H.R. 2146 extends the the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which funds a number of worker retraining programs throughout the U.S.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of issues. He said that the nuclear talks with Iran would be extended beyond the June 30, 2015, deadline and talked about the Greek debt crisis and Puerto Rico’s acknowledgement that it would be unable to repay its debt. Other topics included the expiring charter of the Export-Import Bank, and the Supreme Court’s Environmental Protection Agency ruling.

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    Second Term Presidents

    Panelists talked about second term presidents. Topics included how they worked with Congress, their own party, and the opposing party. They also spoke about how presidents' foreign policy goals shift from their first to second terms, and their engagement with presidential candidates aiming to succeed them.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He acclaimed that week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding part of the Affordable Care Act and said that the law was working well to make health care more available and more affordable.