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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of issues.

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    President Obama Statement on U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

    Following a meeting with his national security team, President Obama made a statement on the status of U.S.-led military efforts in combating *ISIS militants. He talked about the progress in defeating the militant group and said its recent losses in Iraq and Syria prove that ISIS can and will be defeated. He also took questions from reporters.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He honored the individuals who, throughout the history of America, had struggled and sacrificed to make the country a better place, from the Founding Fathers, to the men and women in uniform serving at home and overseas. President Obama asked that the words of the founders be remembered, that all are created equal. And finally, he wished good luck to the U.S. Women’s National Team competing in the World Cup Final in soccer that weekend.

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    President Obama Remarks on the Economy

    President Obama spoke about the economy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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    President Obama on the Affordable Care Act

    President Obama talked about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the approaching third open enrollment period under the law. The previous week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the legality of subsidies for Americans who buy insurance plans through federally operated exchanges set up as part of that legislation. President Obama also talked about the challenges facing the health care system and improvements that still needed to be made. He spoke at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison, Tennessee, near Nashville. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies which account for about 200,000 jobs in the region.

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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.