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Thanks wikoogle for the inspiration. :)

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Health care reform + student loan reform. Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Next!
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Benen:

.... let's also not overlook the importance of overhaul federal student loan programs. In a normal year, success on this front would itself be a major legislative victory, but it's been largely overshadowed of late because it was included in the health care package.

Nevertheless, the student loan provisions signed into law today are huge. A $40 billion boost in Pell Grants, a streamlined loan process, saving taxpayers billions, caps on what students will have to pay after graduation, loan forgiveness for veterans after 10 years -- this breakthrough legislation will make a dramatic impact in the lives of millions.
Democrats have wanted to pass this for decades, but it was always just out of reach. There was a real possibility that lobbyists would intervene again this year and kill the proposal once more. Thanks to the reconciliation process, success came together just a few weeks ago.

The president described both achievements as "two major victories in one week that will improve lives of our people for generations to come." It's a bold claim that happens to be true.

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Meet Veronique Dimyan, age 1. :)

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And some new stuff from official WH photographer, Pete Souza:
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President Barack Obama and the First Family mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder with friends and staff in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, March 29, 2010.
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President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One en route to Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
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President Barack Obama meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.

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President Barack Obama and U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
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