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Asked and Answered: Conner’s Recovery Story

Mon, 2015-07-13 12:45

Today, the President commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes many years — or even decades — ago. The message, at its heart, is clear: America is a nation of second chances, and these are Americans who deserve that second chance.
That’s incredibly personal for me.
Despite the fact that nearly every family and community in America is affected by substance use disorders, those fighting to overcome this disease are too often hidden in the shadows of shame or stigma. As a result, many do not get the treatment they need.

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President Obama Announces 46 Commutations in Video Address: "America Is a Nation of Second Chances"

Mon, 2015-07-13 12:35

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and criminal defense attorney, I'm well acquainted with how federal sentencing practices can, in too many instances, lead nonviolent drug offenders to spend decades, if not life, in prison. Now, don't get me wrong, many people are justly punished for causing harm and perpetuating violence in our communities. But, in some cases, the punishment required by law far exceeded the offense.

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Weekly Address: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Fair Housing

Sat, 2015-07-11 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 10, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Tune in on July 13 to Join a National Conversation on Aging in America

Fri, 2015-07-10 16:43

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. On July 13, President Obama will host the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. It will be an opportunity to recognize the importance of these landmark programs, while looking ahead to address the issues that will improve the quality of life for older Americans for the next decade. 

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Visits Innovation Center in Silicon Valley

Fri, 2015-07-10 15:55

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited Flextronics’ Global Innovation Center in Silicon Valley to observe some of the nation’s most cutting-edge technology firsthand, and learn how the Department of Commerce can best tailor its resources to support innovation.

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White House Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable Brings Together Manufacturers Committed to Strengthening Small Manufacturers in Domestic Supply Chains

Fri, 2015-07-10 15:04

On July 9, I attended a gathering of two dozen manufacturing executives to discuss ways to improve the competitiveness of America’s supply chains.  This exciting event is part of the White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative that the President announced in March.
The initiative is in part based on a report and 50 interviews we in the Commerce Department’s Office of the Chief Economist did in cooperation with the White House.

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President Obama Designates 3 New National Monuments, Protecting More than 1 Million Acres of Public Land

Fri, 2015-07-10 14:36

President Barack Obama signs National Monument designations in the Oval Office, July 10, 2015. The three new monuments include Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada. Standing behing the President, from left, are: Victor Knox, National Park Service, April Slayton, National Park Service, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Chief Tom Tidwell, Randy Moore, Forest Service, and Director Neil Kornze.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Inspiring Young Inventors and Innovators at Camp Invention

Fri, 2015-07-10 11:55

At Camp Invention, almost two million students have explored their own innate creativity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial spirit in a week long day camp program that’s been running since 1990. The program is a partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and non-profit Invent Now. Camp Invention includes a robust STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum while also providing insights on the role of patents and trademarks in innovation.

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West Wing Week: 07/10/15 or, “Bask in the Glory”

Fri, 2015-07-10 11:27

This week, the President celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States, chatted with some World Cup champions, met with his national security team to discuss our anti-ISIL strategy , and hosted an historic Oval Office visit. That's July 3rd to July 9th or, "Bask in the Glory."

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Secretary Pritzker Signs Joint Declaration with Swiss Vice President to Expand Workforce Development Programs

Fri, 2015-07-10 11:09

The Obama Administration is committed to workforce development programs that help prepare America’s workforce for in-demand jobs, including the expansion of apprenticeship programs. To that end, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Switzerland’s Vice President and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann yesterday signed a joint declaration that will provide a framework for our two countries to cooperate in such areas as work-based training, curriculum development, credential recognition, pathways to career development, and the expansion of programs into new industry sectors.

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