President Obama's Final Budget: Innovating for a Better Future

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President Obama’s Final Budget: Innovating for a Better Future

February 9, 2016 at 12:59 PM ET by Melanie Garunay

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Explore President Obama’s 2017 budget and learn how it builds on the progress we’ve made and makes smart investments to tackle the challenges ahead.

​“Over the past seven years, I have seen the strength, resilience, and commitment of the American people. I know that when we are united in the face of challenges, our nation emerges stronger and better than before…The budget is a roadmap to a future that embodies America’s values and aspirations: a future of opportunity and security for all of our families; a rising standard of living; and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids. This future is within our reach.”

President Obama

Today, President Obama released his final budget, outlining a path to meet our country’s greatest challenges not just for the year ahead, but for decades to come. The budget?proposes smart investments to accelerate the pace of American innovation, so that we can create jobs, build the economy of the future, and tackle our nation’s greatest challenges like climate change — all while building?on the progress we’ve made over the past seven years to?make the economy works for everyone.

Here are three ways you can explore President Obama’s 2017 budget:

1.?Read the President’s annotated budget message on Genius

The President's Budget Message on Genius

Every year, President Obama writes a message introducing his budget. This year, you can read his budget message like never before — with graphics, videos, and stories from Americans who wrote to the President about the policies laid out in the budget.

2. Explore the data on GitHub and Socrata

For the second consecutive year, we’re releasing all of the budget data to GitHub and Socrata,?websites for hosting open-source projects. With these tools, anyone can dig into the numbers behind the budget, and even create their own visualizations or products from the data.

3. Read the full budget on Budget.gov

Like last year, you can scroll through every page of the budget right on Budget.gov.?Here are some of the highlights:

Cybersecurity National Action Plan: The President’s budget invests more than $19 billion to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity – a more than 35 percent increase from last year’s request. He is also directing the Administration to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to ensure the federal government, the private sector, and American citizens can take better control of our digital security. Learn more about the plan.

Cybersecurity National Action Plan

21st Century Clean Transportation System: The President’s budget lays out a new plan for building a 21st Century Clean Transportation System funded by a new fee paid by oil companies. The plan would increase American investments in clean transportation infrastructure by roughly 50 percent while reforming the investments we already make to help reduce carbon pollution, cut oil consumption, and create new jobs.
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Mission Innovation: In November, President Obama and other world leaders came together in Paris to launch Mission Innovation, a landmark commitment to dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation. Through the initiative, 20 countries committed to double their governments’ respective research and development?investments in this domain over five years. Today, President Obama announced the next step in advancing that goal, laying out his proposal to double the Federal investment in clean energy R&D from $6.4 billion in FY 2016 to $12.8 billion in FY 2021.

Moonshot to Cure Cancer:?The budget includes a?new $1 billion investment to jumpstart the national “moonshot” initiative to eliminate cancer as we know it and provide the funding necessary for researchers to accelerate the development of new cancer treatments.

A $1 Billion Initiative to Launch the Next Phase of Cancer Research

Community College Partnership Tax Credit: As a part of the President’s America’s College Promise (ACP) plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students, the budget will propose a new Community College Partnership Tax Credit to encourage employers to play a more active role in funding.

Community College

Computer Science for All: To continue the real progress we’ve made in education and address the new skills needed in our rapidly shifting economy, the President unveiled his plan to give all students across the country the chance to learn computer science (CS) in school. The President’s Computer Science for All Initiative seeks to expand CS education by providing $4 billion in funding for States and $100 million directly for districts to increase access to K-12 CS by training teachers, expanding access to high-quality instructional materials, and building effective regional partnerships.
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Pell Grant Reforms: To help ensure every American gets the postsecondary education and training they need to find a good-paying job, the Administration is calling for an additional $2 billion investment in the federal Pell Grant program — the cornerstone of college affordability. The two new Pell proposals in the 2017 Budget will help students to accelerate progress towards their degrees by attending school year-round and encourage students to take more credits per term, increasing their likelihood of on-time completion.

Read?the full overview of all of the policies and investments in President Obama’s budget.


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Christie: Cruz, Jeb, Trump All Failed To Go After Rubio Effectively, I Didn’t, Would Be ‘Just As Effective’ Against Hillary

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Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie argued that he is the only candidate who successfully went after fellow candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio “And I’ll be just as effective against Hillary Clinton” in an interview aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead.” Christie said, “You want someone who is prepared, experienced, mature, and tested, to get on the stage against Hillary Clinton. If you are not ready, she will eat you alive. And we first, before we get to the White House, we have to go through her, and you’re going to want somebody on that stage who their experience gives them the best chance to beat her. And then once you get to the White House, you can actually do the job, because you actually managed something before in your life, of significance, and been held accountable for it. And I’m the person who brings those two skills together. Nobody else on that stage, and lots have tried, [GOP presidential candidates] [Texas Senator] Ted Cruz, [Former Florida Governor] Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump all tried to go after Marco Rubio. They weren’t effective at it. I was. And I’ll be just as effective against Hillary Clinton.”
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Cruz: I’m Not Going to ‘Respond in Kind’ to Trump’s Profanity

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Tuesday while on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Republican presidential hopeful Se. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to his rival Donald Trump repeating a rally-goer calling Cruz “a pussy.” Cruz said, “Oh listen, nothing Donald Trump says surprises anymore. You know, Donald does not handle losing very well. He didn’t like that he lost in Iowa. And his response often is to simply yell and insult and engage in profanity. My approach is to not respond in kind. From the beginning of the campaign when he and others have chosen to insult, chosen to go to the gutter, chosen to go to the mud—I don’t respond in kind. I’m going to stay focused on the issues. I’m going to stay focused on the substance. Now part of the reason that Donald engages in insults is because he can’t discuss substance—can’t defend his record.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Blockchain Startups Take Aim at Counterfeiting of Luxury Products

This post is by Krystle Vermes​.

The cryptocurrency industry has delivered new technology to the world of luxury commerce, and it’s helping weed out the fakes.

It may seem like a frivolous concern, but counterfeit goods are big business. Stopping them is a significant business cost for manufacturers of the real thing. And for consumers who pride themselves on owning luxury goods, getting the real thing is essential to a way of life.

That’s where Bitcoin comes in.

“By linking digital certificates to purchased goods, we are able to provide a much higher degree of confidence to buyers, especially when purchasing from online or second-hand retailers,” says Guy Halford-Thompson, founder of Blockchain Tech Ltd.

The company uses blockchain technology to create a secure registry, tracking who owns designer products. In turn, the database has everything a consumer needs to determine whether the product in hand is actually what it’s supposed to be.

With blockchain technology, individuals can track the entire journey of the item from assembly to vendor.

“While some consumers may be looking to purchase more affordable ‘look-alikes,’ the concern comes from consumers who are looking to purchase genuine items, but because of the advances in manufacturing processes, it can be very difficult to distinguish between real and look-alike,” Halford-Thompson continued. “This is not a large concern when purchasing from known high-street stores, but it becomes a huge issue when consumers are looking to purchase new or second-hand items off online marketplaces.”

Although obtaining luxury goods is seemingly easier than ever before thanks to the Internet, not every seller is playing by the rules. Halford-Thompson says that watches, handbags and sunglasses are the most counterfeited items he’s seen on the market. However, he has confidence in blockchain and “smart tagging.”

“Smart tagging will provide consumers with a better brand experience, and a higher degree of confidence in the items they are buying,” Halford-Thompson adds.

And he isn’t the only one who feels this way.

“In five years, encrypted chips will be in all of your luxury consumer goods,” says Ryan Orr, CEO of Chronicled. “It’s not ‘if,’ but ‘when.’”

Similar to Blockchain Tech Ltd., Chronicled is a company that uses smart tags to track authentic sneakers that hit the market. With the Chronicled mobile app, shoe shoppers can scan the smart tag of the product and get all of the information about its authenticity in a matter of seconds.

As of right now, Orr claims that Air Jordan 11s and Yeezys are the most commonly counterfeited shoes. He adds, however, that his company is raising the stakes for counterfeiters by providing even more security to consumers.

“By combining blockchain technology and smart tags, undetectable forgery becomes impossible, and wearing fakes becomes socially risky,” Orr said.

But is doing the “uncool” thing by counterfeiting goods going to be enough to persuade people to stop? In the end, the answer may be “yes” for a majority of consumers.

“Trusted sneaker sellers earn at least a 20 percent premium, and it’s not just the ‘buy’ side of the transaction that affects consumers,” Orr points out. “Most of us don’t even consider trying to sell our authentic used luxury goods on the Internet because we know we won’t get fair value.”

However, there’s no doubt that counterfeiters are getting better.

“Wait until they start 3-D printing,” Orr warns.

Counterfeiters might always have a new trick, but blockchain technology will now be chasing the bad guys. Maybe, in the foreseeable future, it can even get ahead of them.

The post Blockchain Startups Take Aim at Counterfeiting of Luxury Products appeared first on Bitcoin Magazine.


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Cowherd: Cam Newton Backlash Akin to Liberal Media Bias Against Conservatives

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On the Tuesday broadcast of “The Herd” on Fox Sports 1, radio host Colin Cowherd spoke on the backlash Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has received for walking out on a post-Super Bowl press conference. Cowherd explained that since Newton is “cocky, tall, and ‘look at me’” that people will not feel as sorry for him after a loss as they would Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is “vanilla” and always a “say the right thing” kind of personality, even though Manning did not shake the hands of New Orleans Saints players after the defeated his Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. The admitted “left-leaner” then likened that difference to the backlash conservatives receive for saying something that liberals would not receive, despite it being the same thing. “When a journalist loses their job, go to the Internet. ‘So sad. Oh, my god, another journalist.’ If I lose my job, ‘Oh, he’s a loud mouth!’ I lost my job, you didn’t have any sympathy? Cam Newton, cocky, tall, look at me, celebratory, going to take more heat than Middle America, always say nice stuff about the competition — that’s just the way the game is played. If you watch the media you don’t think they lean left on politics you are not even
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Another Nevada Conservative Switches From Jeb to Marco

February 9, 2016 Earlier this week, Nevada Assemblyman David Gardner announced he was switching from supporting Jeb to supporting Marco. Now he’s joined in Nevada by Washoe County Commissioner Bob Lucey, who had this to say about making the switch: After watching Marco in the last two debates, I have come to realize that there…
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