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On Independence Day, We Remember that “Freedom is Not Free”

July 02, 2016

For the past seven years, President Obama and his family have celebrated the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. This year, the United Service Organizations (USO) - a partner of the Joining Forces Initiative - is observing its 75th anniversary across 180 locations around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and of course at the White House.

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Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July

July 02, 2016

In this week’s address, President Obama wished everyone a happy Fourth of July, and recognized our service members, veterans and their families for their service to our country. The President commended First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden on the most recent milestone of their Joining Forces initiative.

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West Wing Week 07/01/16 or, "Pop and His People”

July 01, 2016

This week, we follow the President to Silicon Valley and Ottawa, Canada, the First Lady to Liberia, Morocco and Spain, and the Vice President as he wraps up a trip to the land of his ancestors. That’s June 24th to June 30th or, “Pop and His People.”

 

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Secretary Pritzker Travels to Colorado to Promote Department of Commerce Initiatives

July 01, 2016

This week, Secretary Penny Pritzker traveled to Colorado to participate in several events highlighting the efforts and successes of the United States Department of Commerce. While there, she was a guest speaker at an Innovation Roundtable hosted by Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), attended the second the Second Anniversary of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Rocky Mountain Office and participated in the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Independence Day

July 01, 2016

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues across the country.
In honor of our nation's birthday, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled the following statistics:
2.5 Million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
321.4 Million

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Toward Real-Time Measurements for Real-Time Decision Making: NIST is Developing New Tools for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 30, 2016

Guest blog post by James Whetstone, Special Assistant to the NIST Director for Greenhouse Gas and Climate Science Measurements

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Innovation to Power the Nation and the World: Reinventing our Climate Future

June 30, 2016

Climate change is both a real and a growing threat. Federal agencies such as the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) demonstrate this threat regularly through powerful statistics. For example, 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, and last year officially marked the warmest year ever recorded.  Additionally, May 2016 was the 13th consecutive warmest month on record and the warmest May on record for the globe.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Ryan Rhodes, Senior Advisor, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration

June 30, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Ryan Rhodes, Senior Advisor, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration
“Public service is a good and noble profession, one worthy of our lives.”

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Tune In: A White House Conversation on Automation

June 30, 2016

You’ve seen photos of self-driving cars zooming down California highways and read about lawyers that are actually chatbots. These are some of our first encounters with automation and artificial intelligence (AI). And if you’re wondering how these types of technology will change the ways we work and live, you’re not alone.

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Secretary Pritzker Joins President Obama at the North American Leaders' Summit: Signs MOU on Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship

June 29, 2016

Today, Secretary Pritzker accompanied President Obama and the U.S. delegation to Ottawa, Canada to attend the North American Leaders’ Summit. The Summit represents the importance that all three countries place on cooperation in North America, specifically in areas of economy, politics and security. This year’s NALS is hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and included bilateral and trilateral meetings between Mexico, Canada and the United States in hopes of strengthening ties between all three countries.

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