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Welcome to your "turkey edition" of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and beyond. This week, the President wrapped up his trip to Asia — a cross-continental journey that took him to Antalya, Manila, and concluded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He honored Medal of Freedom recipients back at the White House, and pardoned a couple of lucky turkeys before Thanksgiving. That's November 20th to November 26th or, "This Turkey is Hereby Pardoned."
Friday, November 20thRead More
Cosigned by current SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and former SBA Administrators Karen G. Mills (2009-2013), Hector Barreto (2001-2006)...Read More
Editor's note: This blog is by Rhett Buttle, the Director of Private Sector Engagement in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health & Human Services. He is also...Read More
In this week's address, the President wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and reflected on America's history of welcoming men and women seeking a safer, better future for themselves and their families. On this uniquely American holiday, he recognized the greatness of American generosity, as evidenced by people are the country who use the day to volunteer and give back to others. And he shared stories of Americans who, in that same spirit of generosity, have written letters to him expressing their willingness to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL.Read More
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.
Melt runoff from Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. About ten years ago, this spot would have still been part of the glacier. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Every day, we are seeing and feeling the effects of climate change -- here and across the globe. It poses a clear and present threat to our economic and national security. No country is immune from the consequences of climate change, and no country can act alone. Right now, we, as people, face a critical moment.Read More
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Hong Kong to signal the United States' continued commitment to deepening our trade and economic ties with the Asia-Pacific, and to gain greater insights into the commercial opportunities and challenges for American firms operating in the region. Secretary Pritzker is the first U.S. Secretary of Commerce to visit Hong Kong since Secretary Locke led a clean energy trade mission there in 2010.Read More
Note: This blog is co-authored by Ed Metz (Department of Education) and Betty Royster (National Institutes of Health)Game-based learning is gaining popularity as more and more...Read More
Watch this video to see exactly what a potential refugee goes through to resettle in the U.S.:
Since the attacks in Paris, many have asked about our process for admitting Syrian refugees into this country.
I understand the anxiety that many Americans are feeling right now. And as Secretary of Homeland Security, I share with President Obama the top priority of keeping the American people safe. So let me be clear about what this process of vetting and resettling refugees looks like.Read More
Meet Johnny Shockley, a lifelong waterman, who transitioned to oyster farming as he watched his local Chesapeake Bay waterfront change over the years.