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President Obama Hosts a Question-and-Answer Session with Young Southeast Asian Leaders

June 01, 2015

Today, as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, President Obama hosted a meeting with 75 emerging leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the White House. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative encourages civic and government leaders from Southeast Asia to enhance their leadership skills and work with their American counterparts to help promote economic empowerment, good governance, and environmental and natural resources management in their home countries.

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The White House Grounds Have a New Feathered Visitor!

June 01, 2015

If you’re planning on being near the White House sometime soon, use your eagle eye to spy a hawk!
This week, I, along with others at and around the White House have been enjoying the company of what appears to be a young red-tailed hawk that has taken a liking to the White House grounds. Check out the great photo below that U.S. Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer DJ Patil was able to snap of our feathered friend:

A red-tailed hawk on the White House grounds. (Photo by DJ Patil)

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Spotlight on Commerce: Aparna Paladugu, Senior Advisor, Industry and Analysis, International Trade Administration

June 01, 2015

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to building a middle class economy in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Month
Guest blog post by Aparna Paladugu, Senior Advisor, Industry and Analysis, International Trade Administration

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The Digit Group: Commerce Trade Missions Provide Global Expansion Opportunities

June 01, 2015

Guest blog post by Paul Doherty, President and CEO, The Digit Group, Inc.
Over the past few years, the Digit Group has expanded business opportunities globally through the vehicle of U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign Trade Missions.

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My Day One: September 6, 2012

June 01, 2015

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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In Memory of Beau Biden: "Quite Simply, The Finest Man Any Of Us Have Ever Known"

May 30, 2015

“Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known” –Vice President Joe Biden
On Saturday, May 30, our country lost a dedicated public servant – a fighter for justice on the frontlines of war and in the courts here at home. A committed son, father, and husband, Beau Biden put his family first. His was a life we all strive to lead.

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Weekly Address: Pass the USA Freedom Act

May 30, 2015

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 29, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Weekly Wrap Up: Celebrating Memorial Day, Honoring Oberlin Grads, and a Q&A with @POTUS

May 29, 2015

This week, the President honored our troops on Memorial Day, reminded us why #CleanWaterRules, and answered your climate questions on Twitter -- while the First Lady inspired graduates at Oberlin College.
Check out what you may have missed in this week’s wrap up. 

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More than 4.51 Million Records Released

May 29, 2015

In September 2009, the President announced that — for the first time in history — White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in February 2015. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.51 million — all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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This Day in History: John F. Kennedy Was Born

May 29, 2015

Today in 1917, John F. Kennedy -- the 35th President of the United States, and the first to be born in the 20th century -- was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Of Irish descent, President Kennedy was the youngest man to be elected President, and was also the youngest to die.
Graduating from Harvard in 1940, he entered the Navy. In 1943, when his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy, despite grave injuries, led the survivors through perilous waters to safety.

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