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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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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Robert McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In remarks, Mr. McDonald pledged to transform the agency, saying that systemic failures must be addressed.

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    President Obama at Dutch Embassy

    President Obama signed a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. He was joined by the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema. The president responded to a reporter in attendance with a message for the people of the Netherlands.

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    Black Lung Medical Claims

    From former West Virginia coal miner Robert Bailey was among the witnesses at a hearing on the health and financial challenges faced by coal miners affected with black lung disease.

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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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    My Brother's Keeper Initiative

    President Obama spoke at a town hall at the Walker Jones Education Campus focusing on the importance of the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” President Obama announced a new multi-million dollar commitment from the public and private sectors to the program which aims to assist young minority men. Students asked the president questions on goal-setting, growing up in single-parent households, and District of Columbia statehood.

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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.