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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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West Wing Week: 12/11/2015 or, "Notorious RBG"

December 11, 2015

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and beyond. This week, the President addressed artists in the East Room, the nation from the Oval Office, and Congress on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, the Vice President traveled to Ukraine. And the White House celebrated Hanukkah. That's December 4th to December 10th or, "Notorious RBG."

Friday, December 4

On Friday, the President met with former Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly to talk about reducing gun violence.

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Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas?

December 11, 2015

For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, this map depicts which places have the best chance of being a winter wonderland according to weather history. The “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map shows the climatological probability of at least 1 inch of snow being on the ground on December 25 in the contiguous United States. On the map, dark gray shows places where the probability is less than 10 percent, while white shows probabilities greater than 90 percent.

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This Industry Keeps Colorado’s Economy Hoppin’

December 10, 2015

On Monday, I traveled to Denver and had a great opportunity to discuss an important sector of Colorado’s economy. I didn’t talk about agriculture or winter tourism (my harvesting and skiing...

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