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Spotlight on Commerce: Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, Human Capital Strategist and Ideation Program Manager, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

June 27, 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 Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, Human Capital Strategist and Ideation Program Manager, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Microgrids: Powering and Preparing Alaskan Villages for Economic Growth

June 27, 2016

Through Secretary Pritzker’s leadership, the Department of Commerce is executing a bold policy agenda focused on U.S. trade and investment, innovation, and data. These core areas reflect the department’s role as the voice of business and embody the attributes of a globally competitive economy. And they signal that the United States and the Department of Commerce are indeed, “open for business,” and focused on economic growth and job creation.

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Weekly Address: Designating Stonewall National Monument

June 25, 2016

On Friday, June 24, President Obama designated the Stonewall National Monument – the first national monument dedicated to telling the story of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s struggle for equal rights. In this week’s address, the President talked about the importance of preserving and sharing this significant part of the American story.

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West Wing Week 6/24/16 or, "How Cool Is This?”

June 24, 2016

This week was full of travel, as the First Family took a break from the big city -- and a breath of fresh air -- in Yosemite and the Carlsbad Caverns. Dr. Biden headed south to Central and South America, and the Vice President traced his roots in Ireland.

 

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Joining Forces Welcomes Colonel William T. Johnson

June 24, 2016

On behalf of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, we are pleased to welcome United States Army Colonel William T. Johnson as the new Executive Director of Joining Forces.

We are thrilled to welcome Will aboard and are excited for him to continue the initiative’s work to support our Nation’s service members, veterans, and their families. Will succeeds Air Force Colonel Nicole Malachowski, who has returned to duty in the Pentagon after leading Joining Forces through a successful 5th anniversary year.

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President Obama on the UK Decision to Leave the European Union

June 24, 2016

Speaking at #GES2016, @POTUS offers a statement on yesterday's UK referendum to leave the European Union. https://t.co/IdmA77uQUr
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 24, 2016

Last night, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. President Obama issued the following statement this morning: 

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More than 5.47 Million Records Released

June 24, 2016

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in March 2016. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 5.47 million —all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Secretary Penny Pritzker and 11 PAGE Members Kick Off GES 2016

June 24, 2016

Yesterday marked the first day of the 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.  Following the last two successful Summits in Morocco and Kenya, GES 2016 came to Silicon Valley in order to highlight the success of thousands of firms in the area that exemplify America’s entrepreneurial spirit. This year's Summit brings 700 global entrepreneurs together with 300 investors and entrepreneurial supporters, creating a wealth of opportunity for investment, partnership, and collaboration.

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President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

June 24, 2016

Today, President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City to honor the broad LGBT equality movement.

The new ‘Stonewall National Monument’ will protect the area where, on June 28, 1969, a community’s uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the United States.

Check out the video to learn more about the Stonewall Uprising and how it sparked a movement for LGBT equality:

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All Systems Go for NOAA’s First Space Weather Satellite

June 24, 2016

NOAA’s first space weather satellite, DSCOVR, has completed instrument validation and will go operational on July 27, when it will take over the role of monitoring potentially damaging space weather storms as they approach Earth.
DSCOVR, which stands for Deep Space Climate Observatory, brings improved measurements and higher quality data than currently available, giving forecasters better information with which to issue critical space weather warnings and alerts.

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