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Why was this Night Different from All Other Nights: An Eighth and Final Seder in the White House

April 29, 2016

Shabbat Shalom to all!

Yesterday, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the White House Passover Seder. As we say when we read the Passover Haggadah, why was this night different from all other nights?

This night was different from all other nights because, as the President wrote in this year's statement on Passover:

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Singular Love for a Dual System: A Messe Dialogue about German Apprenticeships

April 29, 2016

Guest blog post by David Langdon, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce
Earlier this week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka came together at the Hannover Messe for a panel discussion on how the United States and Germany can collaborate on expanding apprenticeship. Let’s unpack that mouthful of a sentence. Germany and the United States? Education and Commerce? Apprenticeships? How does it add up?

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Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

April 29, 2016

Disasters can strike anywhere at just about any time reminding us of the power of Mother Nature. The question is: are you ready? The good news is that schools, organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses across the country are stepping up their disaster preparedness efforts. However, the majority of Americans still aren’t nearly as prepared as they ought to be.

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More than 5.32 Million Records Released

April 29, 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 January 2016. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 5.32 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Continuing the Conversation on Investment at Hannover Messe

April 29, 2016

The 2016 Hannover Messe was not only an opportunity to showcase the ingenuity and innovation of American products and services, it was also a chance to demonstrate on an international stage why the United States is the world's most competitive investment destination.
More than 90 state and local economic development organizations (EDOs) were on hand to represent locations across the United States where innovation thrives.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker attends 2016 Hannover Messe and Tours the Port of Hamburg

April 29, 2016

On Sunday, April 24, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Germany to kick off the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair.  For the first time since the fair’s inception in 1947, the United States served as the official partner country.

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A Discussion with Ron Brown Scholars: Start Where You Are

April 29, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26, I had the privilege of participating in a professional development webinar with college students from across the country who participate in the Ron Brown Scholar Program. The program was developed in honor of the late Commerce Secretary to encourage civic engagement while promoting academic excellence, community and lifelong interactions between scholars and local and national leaders. 

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An Update on What We're Doing to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

April 29, 2016

Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Whether it is from suicide, domestic violence, a gang shootout, or an accident, too many Americans have lost loved ones, including too many precious children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability, or help a loved one do what was once effortless.

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The List: President Obama Jots Down His Favorite American Creative Works

April 28, 2016

This week, we celebrated the creativity, ingenuity, and innovation of America's artists, inventors, and innovators who form the backbone of American culture and help drive the strength of our economy. 

America's great creators deserve the strongest possible protections of their intellectual property -- so they can continue to make the iconic and innovative creations that help define who we are as a people. 

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Here's How President Obama Is Taking New Steps to Help More Americans Manage Student Debt:

April 28, 2016

“I’m only here because this country gave me a chance through education. We are here today because we believe that in America, no hardworking young person should be priced out of a higher education. This country has always made a commitment to put a good education within the reach of young people willing to work for it.”

 President Barack Obama, June 9, 2014

 

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