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Keeping the American Dream Alive

December 15, 2015

As the daughter and son of immigrants, we have lived the American dream. Every day, we work side by side with federal officials who are deeply committed to ensuring that the promise of this dream is available to all Americans, including our newest Americans. That’s why we are honored to serve as the co-chairs of the White House Task Force on New Americans.

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NIST Boulder Lab Building Renamed for Katharine Blodgett Gebbie

December 15, 2015

Two landmarks merged on Dec. 10, 2015, when the most advanced laboratory building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo., was renamed after legendary NIST laboratory director Katharine Blodgett Gebbie.
This is the first time a NIST Boulder building has been named for a person. Such honors have been rare in NIST’s 114-year history across several locations. The last time a NIST building was named for a staff member was in 1962 at the institution’s original headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Watch: Chef José Andrés on Citizenship

December 15, 2015

Chef José Andrés, Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization, sent the message below to the White House email list, telling people about his story of becoming citizen and encouraging others to learn more about the naturalization process.

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Two years ago, I had the honor and privilege of taking the oath of citizenship to become an American citizen.

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NFL, Under Armour, GE & National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Announce Five Winners of Head Health Challenge III

December 15, 2015

The National Football League (NFL), Under Armour (NYSE:UA), GE (NYSE: GE), and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the five winners of Head Health Challenge III, an open innovation competition to support the discovery, design and development of advanced materials that better absorb or dissipate impact. The new materials have the potential to improve the performance of protective gear, playing surfaces, and equipment for athletes, members of the military and others.

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Being an American Has Never Meant Giving Up Who You Are

December 15, 2015

Mujhe Amreeka jana hai -- I want to go to America.

Those are the words I spoke to my father, pointing to a plane in the sky from our home in Karachi, Pakistan. I was only four years old at the time. Not quite aware of what it meant to leave everything we knew, my parents, younger sister, and I said goodbye to our extended family -- dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins, whose love I only receive from afar now -- and left to chase the promise of America.

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The Franchise Purchasing Process is Not a Race

December 15, 2015

Once you’ve made the decision to seriously look into finding a franchise opportunity to buy, your wheels will really start to turn.
You’ll have more energy than usual. You’ll have a spring...

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President Obama Shares His Personal Thoughts Three Years After Sandy Hook

December 14, 2015

"Three years on, how do we tell them that their Congress hasn’t done anything to prevent what happened to them from happening to other families?"

President Obama

On December 14, 2012, a gunman took the lives to 20 children and 6 of their educators in Newtown, Connecticut. That tragic day at Sandy Hook Elementary School should have spurred immediate action to fix what we could -- and should -- about the gaping holes in our laws on background checks. 

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More than 6 Million People Tune in to Watch Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) on ABC-TV’s Shark Tank

December 14, 2015

When we started the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative almost two years ago, we knew that our success would come as a result of powerful partnerships.   In November, the hit American TV series Shark Tank illustrated the power of partnerships when it featured PAGE, and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship Daymond John in a segment on the show.

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Director of USPTO Speaks on Women and Innovation at Politico Summit

December 14, 2015

On December 9, 2015, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee issued a call for more women inventors while speaking at the POLITICO – Women Rule Annual Summit in Washington D.C. She participated in a panel moderated by Nancy Scola, Technology Reporter at POLITICO on Women and Innovation – What Does it Take?, that focused on tackling the lack of women represented in the science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Weekly Address: Standing Strong in the Face of Terrorism

December 12, 2015

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 11, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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