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Weekly Address: Creating New Pathways of Opportunity for Americans Like You

Sat, 2015-06-20 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, June 18, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Obama Addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Fri, 2015-06-19 19:53

President Barack Obama makes remarks before the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, Calif., June 19, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Earlier this afternoon, President Obama addressed the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco.
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President Obama to Young Men of Color: "You Matter. You Count."

Fri, 2015-06-19 19:33

This Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, Discovery Channel and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air RISE: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper — a documentary that explores the lives of the boys and young men of color from four programs across the U.S. that are living the principles of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Watch the following excerpt, in which President Obama explains how every child matters, regardless of their circumstances:

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U.S. Goods Exported to Trade Agreement Partners Supported 3.2 Million Jobs in 2014

Fri, 2015-06-19 18:23

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Commerce blog. See the original post here. 

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American Food 2.0: Representing the Presidential Delegation at Milan Expo 2015

Fri, 2015-06-19 17:31

First Lady Michelle Obama is greeted by student ambassadors along with the US Delegation outside of the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, Italy, June 18, 2015. The First Lady, in support of the "Let's Move!" initiative, leads a presidential delegation to the expo, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

June 18, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Brazil Continues to be Attractive to U.S. Companies, says Andrews

Fri, 2015-06-19 16:27

This week, Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews traveled to Brasilia, Brazil to participate in the ninth U.S. - Brazil CEO Forum. Launched in 2007, the U.S.-Brazil CEO brings together U.S. and Brazilian business and government leaders to discuss how to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial ties between the two countries.

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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews Travels to Brazil to Participate in CEO Forum, Strengthen Economic Partnership

Fri, 2015-06-19 15:42

Today, Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews kicked-off his trip to Brasilia, Brazil by meeting with business and government leaders at the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. As the largest economy in Latin America, Brazil offers U.S. businesses looking to enter or expand their business in the region many diverse opportunities. Launched in 2007, the CEO Forum encourages collaboration from the public and private sectors of both countries, and provides specific recommendations to both the U.S. and Brazilian governments on how to improve their economic and commercial relationship.

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This Day in History: The Good News of the Emancipation Proclamation Finally Reaches Texas

Fri, 2015-06-19 12:39

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas to share one message: The Civil War had ended, and all enslaved African Americans were now free because President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 
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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Father's Day

Fri, 2015-06-19 12:22

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.  

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NIST Releases Research Roadmap for Smart Firefighting

Fri, 2015-06-19 11:40

When responding to the more than 1.2 million blazes reported annually, the nation's firefighters usually start with a dangerous disadvantage: They often lack critical information—even something as basic as a floor plan—that could be vitally important in mounting the most effective and safest attack.

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