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West Wing Week: 1/30/15 or, “Namaste Obama”

January 30, 2015

This week, the President made history by being the first sitting President to make a second visit to India. He and the First Lady also traveled to Saudi Arabia to pay their respects to the late King. And back at home, the President convened a meeting with U.S. mayors and honored outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. That's January 23 to January 29 or, "Namaste Obama."

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Puerto Rico MBDA Business Center’s MED Week Event Helps Local Entrepreneurs, Businesses Expand Their Opportunities

January 30, 2015

Puerto
Rican businesses and entrepreneurs looking for opportunities that drive growth found
them during Puerto Rico’s MBDA Business Center’s Minority Enterprise
Development Week (MED Week) conference held on January 30th in San
Juan’s Condado Plaza Hotel.

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Behind the Budget: The Budget Methods Specialist

January 30, 2015

"Behind the Budget" is a series of posts featuring audio stories from staffers from across the Office of Management and Budget, discussing aspects of the budget process that most Americans don't get to see.

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Precision Medicine Is Already Working to Cure Americans: These Are Their Stories

January 30, 2015

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he is launching a new initiative that will help deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. Precision medicine gives medical professionals the resources they need to target the specific treatments of the illnesses we encounter, further develops our scientific and medical research, and keeps our families healthier. As the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome, America is well-positioned to lead in a new era of medicine. 

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Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

January 30, 2015

Economic growth in the fourth quarter was consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing solid improvement in the labor market, rising consumer sentiment, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth. The combination of consumer spending and fixed investment grew at about the same strong pace as in the third quarter, while more volatile factors that elevated the overall growth rate in the third quarter subtracted from it in the fourth quarter.

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The Precision Medicine Initiative: Data-Driven Treatments as Unique as Your Own Body

January 30, 2015

Watch Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, explain the Precision Medicine Initiative and its significance.

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The President's 2016 budget includes investments in an emerging field of medicine that takes into account individual differences in people's genes, microbiomes, environments, and lifestyles -- making possible more effective, targeted treatments for diseases like cancer and diabetes. That's incredibly significant, and this is why:

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"A True American Patriot" -- President Obama Pays Tribute to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

January 29, 2015

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff participate in an Armed Forces farewell in honor of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 28, 2015.

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America’s Economic Resurgence: Invest in the U.S.A - The 2015 SelectUSA Summit Agenda

January 29, 2015

There
has never been a better time to invest in the United States. With a resurgent economy and a strong economic foundation to
support growth for years to come, it is no wonder the United States is the
world’s top destination for businesses looking to expand.

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Head Health Challenge III

January 29, 2015

Guest blog post by
Dr. Willie E. May, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology and
Standards and Acting Director, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyToday I had the honor of announcing a new public-private
partnership, along with the National
Football League (NFL), GE, and Under Armour. This unusual group of players is
launching an open innovation competition to advance materials that better
absorb or dissipate energy. These new materials could improve the performance

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Behind the Budget: Dr. Julian Harris, OMB Associate Director for Health

January 29, 2015

"Behind the Budget" is a series of posts featuring audio stories from staffers from across the Office of Management and Budget, discussing aspects of the budget process that most Americans don't get to see.

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