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Weekly Wrap Up: September 6-12

Fri, 2014-09-12 19:28

This week, President Obama spoke about the threat posed by ISIL and commemorated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we marked the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the First Lady hosted a "prep" rally in Atlanta.
Check out what else you may have missed this week in our weekly wrap up.

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Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps

Fri, 2014-09-12 18:52

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This morning at the White House, President Obama joined former President Bill Clinton in celebrating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, and welcoming some of the national service program's newest members.
Across the country today, thousands of people took the pledge to be AmeriCorps members. Since AmeriCorps' inception in 1994, 900,000 Americans have served in the program and have committed 1.2 billion hours of service.

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This Week in History: How Our National Anthem Was Born

Fri, 2014-09-12 18:01

Frances Scott Key was a 35-year-old Washington lawyer who'd been opposed to America's entry into the War of 1812 from the beginning. But on the evening of September 13, 1814, he found himself watching as a prisoner on a sailing ship deck as the ships of the world's mightiest navy rained shot and shell down on Fort McHenry, a small fort protecting the city of Baltimore.

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“You Are the Best of America”: Dr. Jill Biden on the U.S. Team Competing in the Invictus Games

Fri, 2014-09-12 15:03

At the Naval Observatory last week, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a barbecue for the athletes representing the United States in the Invictus Games, an inspirational sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.  
In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Biden said, "this barbecue is not just a way to celebrate your achievements in making the U.S. Team, it is also a small way of saying thank you—to our heroes—thank you for your service and your sacrifice."
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DOT's TIGER Is on the Prowl, Solving Transportation Challenges Nationwide

Fri, 2014-09-12 14:51

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx makes a TIGER grant announcement in Asheville, N.C., September 12, 2014.

(by Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times)

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USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee Discusses Entrepreneurship and Job Creation at the Virginia Innovation Partnership Virginia Ventures Forum

Fri, 2014-09-12 12:30

Deputy
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of
the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee today
addressed the Virginia
Ventures Forum,
a meeting of the statewide Virginia Innovation Partnership (VIP) at the USPTO.  One of only seven multi-institution
initiatives to win federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's i6 Challenge in 2012, VIP is
bringing together universities, community colleges, corporations, investment

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Of the People: Live from the National Archives

Fri, 2014-09-12 12:17

Last year we launched “Of the People: Live from the White House,” a virtual field trip series with Discovery Education to give middle and high school students unique access to the White House and Obama Administration officials.
On September 17, the “Of the People” series continues with a Constitution Day celebration at the National Archives with Archivist of the United States David Ferriero to learn about the document and the Archives.
Register now to watch the event live on Wednesday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and Our Country’s Commitment to Public Service

Fri, 2014-09-12 11:54

Guest blog post by Joshua Dickson, Director,
Department of Commerce’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships 

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Chart of the Week: More Students Are Graduating High School than Ever Before

Fri, 2014-09-12 10:58

As students head back to school, Secretary Arne Duncan hit the road this week on the Department of Education’s annual back-to-school bus tour to discuss how we can help every student receive a complete and competitive education in order to reach their full potential.

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Partnering with Private Investors to Rebuild America

Fri, 2014-09-12 10:35

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.
We all know the “road to prosperity” is a metaphor, but what if it were an actual road?
The fact is, investing in transportation creates value, and that means it’s a worthwhile investment — for public funds, yes, but also for the private sector. So, with public investments in our nation’s important transportation assets steadily declining, we need to find better ways to partner with private investors to help rebuild America.

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