Kelly Wrote the President About Health Reform — Today, She’s With Him in Nashville.

Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them.

Today, the President is speaking in Nashville, Tennessee to talk about the ways health care reform is continuing to help millions of Americans. On his way over, he picked up Kelly Bryant to thank her for the letter she wrote him about the Affordable Care Act and to hear directly from her about how it changed her life.

In 2011, Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer and would later rely on insurance coverage made possible by the Affordable Care Act.  She wrote in her letter, “Because of healthcare reform, I am not scared of losing everything. I can start thinking about my new life and how the path is paved with opportunities instead of despair.”

Together, Kelly and President Obama are at a local elementary school, where they’ve been joined by Natoma Canfield. They’re having a conversation with others from the Nashville area who have written to the President about the Affordable Care Act, as well as doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers and leaders, and volunteers to talk about the ways this law is making a difference in Nashville and across our country.

Kelly has long supported health care reform, because she knew many Americans lacked quality, affordable health coverage.  And today, she will have the chance to discuss the impact of this law with her neighbors and the President.

Read her letter here:

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Follow Along: A Twitter Q&A with the President

The President’s down in Nashville today, where he’s talking with Americans whose lives health reform has made better. (He even gave one of them a ride in his motorcade this morning.)

He wants to open that conversation up to Americans across the country, too.

So at 3:30 p.m. Eastern today, we’re going to get him online, and he’s going to take your questions and respond to your stories on Twitter.

Participate using the hashtag #AskPOTUS, and follow along here.

Hello from Nashville! I’ll be answering your questions on health care and the Affordable Care Act at 3:30pm ET. Tweet yours using #AskPOTUS.

— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015

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President Obama Announces that the U.S. Will Reopen Our Embassy in Cuba


“The progress that we mark today is yet another demonstration that we don’t have to be imprisoned by the past. When something isn’t working, we can and will change.”

— President Obama

Under President Obama, America is charting a new course in our relationship with Cuba. Today, he announced the next step on this path: Re-opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana. 

The last time we had an embassy in Cuba was in January of 1961, when we severed diplomatic relations at the height of the Cold War. Reopening the doors is more than a symbolic step. “With this change, we will be able to substantially increase our contacts with the Cuban people,” the President said.

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Financial Action Task Force Issues Bitcoin Guidelines, Warns about Money Laundering

The independent intergovernmental organization FATF or The Financial Action Task Force (on Money Laundering), headquartered in Paris, has published a report as a guide for using digital currencies titled “Guidance for a Risk-Based Approach to Virtual Currencies.” It includes benefits of digital currencies as well as potential risks of money laundering and terror financing. The report is essentially the conclusion to the recent meeting held at Brisbane that was participated by 34 member nations and two regional organizations – the European Union and the Gulf Co-operation Council — to discuss policies, regulations and compliance for digital currencies. The 48-page extended report issued by the FATF described bitcoin payment services and products as potential tools for money laundering, and announced that […]

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The Letter the President Carried:

Today at 2:30 pm ET in Nashville, TN, President Obama is participating in a discussion on how we can build on the progress we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act. Watch live:

Natoma Canfield Letter

A letter from Natoma Canfield, a woman from Ohio that President Barack Obama met who didn’t have health insurance, hangs on the wall in the hall between the Oval Office and the President’s Private Office in the West Wing.

June 28, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

More than five years ago, as Congress engaged in heated debates over the Affordable Care Act, President Obama carried a single piece of paper with him every single day: this letter from Natoma Canfield.

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Citi Is Working on ‘Citicoin’ for Cross-border Payments

International Business Times revealed that the global bank Citi is developing blockchains within the bank and test-coins to run across them. Ken Moore, head of Citi Innovation Labs, confirmed that the bank has been looking at distributed ledger technology for the last few years and has amassed a skilled team. They have built three blockchains and a test currency to run across them. Headquartered in Manhattan, Citi is an American multinational banking and financial services corporation. As of January 2015, it is the third-largest bank holding company in the United States by assets and has one of the world’s largest financial services networks. “We have up and running three separate systems within Citi now that actually deploy blockchain distributed ledger […]

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Bank Lines in Athens Trigger a Rush to Gold and Bitcoin

The crisis in Greece is unfolding so fast that new breaking updates are being published every hour. Yesterday, Greece became the first developed nation ever to default on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Hours after Greece missed the deadline for its repayment to the IMF, European ministers will meet to discuss the Greek request for a new bailout, BBC News reports. The Financial Times reports that Greek PM Alexis Tsipras seems ready to concede on most outstanding differences between his government and its international bailout creditors. According to a leaked letter sent late Tuesday night to the heads of the country’s trio of bailout monitors, Tsipras is prepared to accept most of the economic reform proposals issued by the European […]

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See the First White House Tour Photos Taken in More than 40 Years:

I run the White House Visitors’ Office, and I wanted to share a big change the President and First Lady just made to the White House visitors photo policy:

The longstanding ban on photography in the White House — in place for more than 40 years — is being lifted. Watch the First Lady share why they did this:

So starting today, guests at the White House are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime.

We’re posting our favorites all day right here. 

Want to visit the White House or take a virtual tour? Get the details about how you can sign up here.

We’re so excited — and we can’t wait for you to come visit!

Ellie Schafer is Director of the White House Visitors Office.


End of an era at the @WhiteHouse this morning. #whitehousetour

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 1, 2015


So cool! The @WhiteHouse lifted their photo ban on tours today. Grab the camera! #WhiteHouseTour

— Nicholas Garlow (@n_garlow) July 1, 2015


Now that the ban has been lifted we want to see your best #whitehousetour pics, videos (Rebecca Matulka, Instagram)

— Your Take (@yourtake) July 1, 2015


On the inside looking out. #WhiteHouseTour

— Kendall Buller (@SysAdmKC) July 1, 2015


Photography now encouraged when you’re at the White House #whitehousetour #noselfiesticks

— Kristin Donnelly (@kristindonnelly) July 1, 2015


Some special guests celebrating photos allowed on the #WhiteHouseTour at @PRESIDENTS_PARK #FindYourPark

— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) July 1, 2015

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The Latest: Europe rights group criticizes Greek vote plan

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece’s financial woes (all times local): ___ 3:05 p.m. The head of the Council of Europe, Europe’s top human rights institution, says Greece’s referendum would fall short of international standards if held

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