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World Trade Month: The Importance of Global Trade

May 03, 2016

Every year, World Trade Month—designated for the month of May—gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the importance of global trade, and look back at the economic advancements we have made as a result. This World Trade Month, we can look back and appreciate the success we have accomplished.

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Spurring Innovation Across Every Community in America

May 03, 2016

At the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), one of our top priorities is advancing the President’s commitment to providing talented entrepreneurs in underserved communities with the opportunity to put their dreams into action. Entrepreneurship and innovation are essential drivers of our nation’s economic prosperity.

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What the Promise of Education Did for Me:

May 03, 2016

Today, during Teacher Appreciation Week, President Obama is welcoming the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes and some of the nation's top educators to the White House to honor their public service. Watch his remarks at 4:30 pm ET:

Before today's ceremony, Jahana Hayes sent this message to the White House email list. Didn't get the email? Sign up for updates here.

As a country, we need to ensure that the quality of a child’s education is not dependent on the neighborhood where he or she grew up.

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The Weight of One Mission: Recounting the Death of Usama bin Laden, Five Years Later

May 02, 2016

It’s a scene you never forget. The intensity. The focus. 

The stillness of a room. The weight of one mission.

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MBDA Policy Roundtable at Hannover Messe Explores Changing Demographics and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

May 02, 2016

Cross-blog post by Gabriela Morales-Richards, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Development Specialist 
Last week at Hannover Messe, the largest industrial trade fair in the world, we see abundant evidence that global business is booming. The fair features more than 6,500 exhibitors, and draws 250,000 visitors to explore innovations in energy, digital factory, industrial automation, industrial supply, and research and technology from leading companies. For the first time since the fair’s founding in 1947, the United States was the official partner country.

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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Recognizes Employees in Honor of Public Service Recognition Week (Video)

May 02, 2016

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recognizes the men and women who work tirelessly on behalf of America’s businesses, communities and workers. In particular, she thanks all Commerce employees for advancing the “Open for Business Agenda” and for the commitment to building a culture of excellence and responsiveness.  The work done every day by Commerce employees is critical to supporting America’s businesses and workers as they create jobs and prosperity throughout America.  ​

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Weekly Address: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job

April 30, 2016

In this week's address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote. It has been 45 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court. The President highlighted that Senate Republicans have said that Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity and impeccable qualifications. Despite this, most Senate Republicans refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves.

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West Wing Week 4/29/16 or, “Let's Have a Conversation”

April 29, 2016

Last week we left you in Saudi Arabia, and this week, the President continued his travels abroad. In London, he met with the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and actors bringing Shakespeare to life. In Germany, he witnessed innovation and technology hard at work at the Hannover Messe Fair. And back in Washington, DC, the President hosted the U.S. Naval Academy football team and celebrated Passover. That's April 22nd to April 28th or, "Let's Have a Conversation."

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Why was this Night Different from All Other Nights: An Eighth and Final Seder in the White House

April 29, 2016

Shabbat Shalom to all!

Yesterday, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the White House Passover Seder. As we say when we read the Passover Haggadah, why was this night different from all other nights?

This night was different from all other nights because, as the President wrote in this year's statement on Passover:

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Singular Love for a Dual System: A Messe Dialogue about German Apprenticeships

April 29, 2016

Guest blog post by David Langdon, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce
Earlier this week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka came together at the Hannover Messe for a panel discussion on how the United States and Germany can collaborate on expanding apprenticeship. Let’s unpack that mouthful of a sentence. Germany and the United States? Education and Commerce? Apprenticeships? How does it add up?

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