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Five U.S. Airports Are Enacting New Screening Measures to Protect Against Ebola

Wed, 2014-10-08 17:50

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the following five U.S. airports will soon begin enhanced Ebola screening for all travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries:

John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York, NY

Washington Dulles International Airport - Washington, D.C.

Newark Liberty International Airport - Newark, NJ

Chicago O'Hare International Airport - Chicago, IL

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Atlanta, GA

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U.S. Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Wed, 2014-10-08 17:44

In President Obama’s first term, he called on the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to take action to double fuel economy standards by 2025 and cut vehicle greenhouse gas emissions in half. These actions combat climate change and help American families save money – more than $8,000 in fuel costs for each car by 2025.

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Vice President Biden: No One Who Works 40 Hours a Week Should Live in Poverty

Wed, 2014-10-08 14:11

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a minimum wage roundtable with Mayor Eric Garcetti, at the LA Baking Company, in Los Angeles, California.

October 7, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Spotlight on Commerce: Aaron Trujillo, Associate Director For Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

Wed, 2014-10-08 11:28

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting
members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy
Built to Last in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Guest blog post by Aaron Trujillo, Associate Director for Legislative and
Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Commerce

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President’s Export Council Travels to Poland and Turkey About Growing Economic Opportunities For All

Wed, 2014-10-08 10:48

Guest blog post by Michele Cahn, Vice present of Global Government Affairs
and Corporate Philanthropy for XeroxFor everyone who may speculate that the U.S. position of
influence in the world has declined, our recent trip to Poland and Turkey
proves to me that when business and government come together, we make a very
powerful statement. This type of initiative is something that is unique to the
United States… this is commercial diplomacy in action at its very best.

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New Size Standards and Affiliation Online Course Helps Small Businesses Determine Eligibility for SBA’s Programs

Wed, 2014-10-08 00:00

If you are the owner of a firm trying to determine if your business or an affiliate is a “small” business to participate in one or more of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s programs,...

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Just Launched: Playlist Showcases 36 SBIR-funded “Games for Learning”

Wed, 2014-10-08 00:00

Note: This blog is co-authored by Javier Saade, Ed Metz, Betty Royster, and Lindsay D'AmbrosioThe Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small...

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Preparing America’s Hospitals, Health Care Facilities, and Health Care Providers for Ebola

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:44

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "CDC Director Blog." See the original post here.
Since the first appearance of Ebola in West Africa earlier this year, CDC has been working to prepare the American health care system for the diagnosis and safe care of a patient with Ebola here on our shores.
We have learned immensely from this first U.S.-diagnosed case and we are implementing additional actions to make sure health care workers and hospitals around the nation are as prepared and informed as possible.

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In Case You Missed It: Why We Can — and Will — Stop Ebola in the U.S.

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:56

By now, most people are aware that the first Ebola case was diagnosed in the U.S. last week, in a person traveling from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. As such, many Americans have grown more concerned about the chances of an Ebola outbreak happening here at home.
In a blog post for CNN last Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explained exactly why we can — and will — stop the disease in the United States, and outlined the "distinct differences in what will happen here":

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Preparing for the 2020 Census: Measuring Race and Ethnicity in America

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:21

Cross blog post by John Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau DirectorThe year 2020 may seem a long way away, but we’re already in full swing preparing for the next decennial census. We held an operations update to announce some of the steps we’re taking to ensure that the 2020 Census provides the highest-quality statistics about our nation’s increasingly changing population, such as how we measure race and ethnicity.One challenge we face is how Americans view race and ethnicity differently than in decades past.

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