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West Wing Week 3/25/16 or, “¡Hola, Cuba!”

March 26, 2016

This week, the First Family traveled to both Cuba and Argentina in a history-making trip, to deepen the ties between the United States and Cuba, and the rest of the Western Hemisphere.

 

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Weekly Address: Defeating ISIL

March 26, 2016

In this week's address, President Obama offered his thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium and to families of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, including at least two Americans. He reiterated our support of Belgium as a close friend and ally of the United States, especially in the fight against terrorism. The President emphasized that defeating ISIL remains our top military, intelligence, and national security priority.

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If You Only Watch One Clip from the Vice President's Supreme Court Speech, Watch This One:

March 25, 2016

"What difference does it make if the Court has eight members or nine members?"

 

The audience at the Georgetown University Law Center laughed when the Vice President Biden posed this question during his remarks there yesterday. But it's a question that many Republicans in the Senate are genuinely asking right now, and every American needs to know the answer to it. 

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Secretary Pritzker meets with Argentine President Macri to Increase Cooperation Between Two Governments

March 25, 2016

From March 23-24, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined President Barack Obama on his trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This trip demonstrated America’s renewed relationship with a key regional partner.
In Buenos Aires, President Obama and Secretary Pritzker met with the newly-elected Argentine President Mauricio Macri and members of his administration in an effort to increase cooperation between our two governments in a range of areas, including trade and investment, renewable energy and climate change, and security issues.

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Secretary Pritzker Joins President Obama for Historic Trip to Cuba

March 25, 2016

In December 2014, President Obama called for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Since this historic announcement, the Obama Administration’s policy toward Cuba has been rooted in the belief that the U.S. can do more to support the Cuban people and promote American values through engagement than through isolation.

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Empowering Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

March 25, 2016

Note: This post is co-authored by Barbara Carson and Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator for SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership.
This is a great time to be a woman veteran...

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USPTO Puts Data in the Hands of Innovators

March 25, 2016

Guest blog post by Thomas A. Beach, Senior Advisor & Acting Program Manager of Digital Services & Data Analytics

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Population Estimates for Nation's Cities and Counties

March 24, 2016

Four Texas metro areas together added more people last year than any state in the country except for Texas as a whole, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today. The population in these four metro areas increased by more than 400,000 people from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015.

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Email from Vice President Joe Biden: "Here’s what this Supreme Court fight comes down to"

March 24, 2016

This morning, Vice President Joe Biden sent the following message to the White House email list, asking Americans to tune in at 12:30 p.m. ET, when he'll speak from Georgetown University Law Center about the very real implications the Supreme Court has for millions of Americans. Tune in here to watch his remarks. And if you didn't get the Vice President's message, sign up for email updates here. 

Good morning, folks --

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President Obama: "My Top Priority Is to Defeat ISIL"

March 23, 2016

In the wake of yesterday's horrific attacks in Brussels, President Obama affirmed our strategy to defeat ISIL and eliminate the threat of terrorism. Here are some key points you need to know:

1. "This is my number one priority."

“This is my number one priority…to eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism”-@POTUShttps://t.co/aO4f7LztwL— WH National Security (@NSC44) March 23, 2016

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