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Brazil Continues to be Attractive to U.S. Companies, says Andrews

Fri, 2015-06-19 16:27

This week, Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews traveled to Brasilia, Brazil to participate in the ninth U.S. - Brazil CEO Forum. Launched in 2007, the U.S.-Brazil CEO brings together U.S. and Brazilian business and government leaders to discuss how to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial ties between the two countries.
 

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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews Travels to Brazil to Participate in CEO Forum, Strengthen Economic Partnership

Fri, 2015-06-19 15:42

Today, Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews kicked-off his trip to Brasilia, Brazil by meeting with business and government leaders at the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. As the largest economy in Latin America, Brazil offers U.S. businesses looking to enter or expand their business in the region many diverse opportunities. Launched in 2007, the CEO Forum encourages collaboration from the public and private sectors of both countries, and provides specific recommendations to both the U.S. and Brazilian governments on how to improve their economic and commercial relationship.
 

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This Day in History: The Good News of the Emancipation Proclamation Finally Reaches Texas

Fri, 2015-06-19 12:39

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas to share one message: The Civil War had ended, and all enslaved African Americans were now free because President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 
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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Father's Day

Fri, 2015-06-19 12:22

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.  

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NIST Releases Research Roadmap for Smart Firefighting

Fri, 2015-06-19 11:40

When responding to the more than 1.2 million blazes reported annually, the nation's firefighters usually start with a dangerous disadvantage: They often lack critical information—even something as basic as a floor plan—that could be vitally important in mounting the most effective and safest attack.

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50 Years Later, AFI is Back at the White House:

Fri, 2015-06-19 11:24

The filmmakers of AFI DOCS 2015 after their meetings with White House staff stand proudly with AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale (L, 4th row) and AFI DOCS Festival Director Michael Lumpkin (R, 3rd row).

June 19, 2015.

(by Adam Garber)

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Your Health and Our Environment: How Can We Protect Both?

Thu, 2015-06-18 18:51

National Dialogue on Climate Change And Health

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West Wing Week: 06/19/15 or, “Her Map & Compass”

Thu, 2015-06-18 16:06

This week was Maker Week and Pollinator Week! The President was a busy bee himself. He stopped by a Congressional baseball game and a Congressional picnic, congratulated My Brother's Keeper mentees, and presided over the ceremonial swearing-in of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Meanwhile, the First Lady crossed the Atlantic in the name of Let Girls Learn and Let's Move! That's June 12th to June 18th or, "Her Map & Compass."

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New IT Contract to Save Taxpayers Nearly $8M

Thu, 2015-06-18 13:47

The Department of Commerce recently signed a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with Microsoft that is estimated to save the department nearly $8 million in taxpayer dollars. The agreement, in effect for three years, will help Commerce achieve IT efficiency and user productivity goals through the use of the latest technologies that help the department work at the speed of business.
 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in South Carolina

Thu, 2015-06-18 12:33

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina with Vice President Joe Biden from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Last night, a gunman opened fire at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people including pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney. The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into this tragedy. 
The President delivered the following statement from the White House Briefing Room: 

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