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Email from Vice President Joe Biden: Why I'm Going to Ohio Today

May 18, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden sent the following message to the White House email list, inviting people to learn more about a big change we're making to our overtime rules. Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here.

My dad had something he used to say to me:

“A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity and respect.”

Part of what he meant by that, I think, is that without the ability to provide for your family, you’re deprived of your dignity.

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Inside the Mind of a Fish Passage Engineer: Working on Innovative Solutions to Fish Migration

May 18, 2016

This following originally appeared on the NOAA Fisheries Blog

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Taking Action to Expand Overtime Protections

May 17, 2016

Vice President Biden Speaks on Overtime Pay

Listen in on the Vice President's remarks in Columbus, Ohio at 2:30 pm ET

Ahead of his visit, the Vice President wrote about what the updated overtime rule means for workers:

Right now, you're guaranteed overtime if you’re an hourly worker, but if you’re salaried, you’re only automatically guaranteed overtime if you make less than $23,660. If you’re a manager on salary and you work an extra 10, 20, 30 hours a week -- you often don’t get paid a dime more for those additional hours. That’s simply wrong.

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews Highlights Impact of Trans-Pacific Partnership at Footwear Trade Association Event

May 17, 2016

Today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews delivered remarks at the 2016 Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association (FDRA) Executive Summit. During his remarks, Deputy Secretary Andrews stressed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how the trade agreement would ensure our nation’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy.

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What Happens When You Tell Everyone You’re Buying A Franchise

May 17, 2016

To put it mildly, a lot of things will start happening once you share what you’re going to do. You’ve opened the floodgates, as you’ll see.
The Big Reveal
Revealing...

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President Obama Awards the Medal of Valor to 13 Public Safety Officials

May 16, 2016

President Barack Obama places the Medal of Valor on Officer Robert Sparks, who is recognized with Officer Jason Salas, right, and Captain Raymond Bottenfield of the Santa Monica College Police Department, Calif., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 16, 2016. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.  (Official White House Photo By Chuck Kennedy)

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Income Inequality: A Growing Threat to Eliminating Rural Child Poverty

May 16, 2016

Rural child poverty fell by 3 percentage points from 2012 to 2014.

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The President and Vice President’s 2015 Financial Disclosure Forms

May 16, 2016

Today, the President and Vice President released their 2015 financial disclosure reports.

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Showing the World that America is—and Will Remain—Open for Business

May 16, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today honored 123 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods and services overseas during the 2016 President’s “E” Awards ceremony. For the first time in the award’s 54-year history, winners represent every state and the District of Columbia. Of this year’s 123 honorees, 105 are small and medium-sized businesses, and 64 firms are manufacturers.

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Email from Tracee Ellis Ross: Know a Woman Who's Lifting Up Her Community?

May 16, 2016

Actor Tracee Ellis Ross sent the following message to the White House email list to ask people to nominate an extraordinary woman to attend the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 14. Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here.

A wise woman once said that one is not born a woman, but rather becomes one. What makes a woman? Strength. Resilience. Compassion. Beauty from within. When I think of what it means to be a woman, I stand a little taller because I know I stand on the shoulders of women who came before me and paved the way.

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