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Accelerating Economic Mobility Through Promise Zone Partnerships

April 28, 2015

Today, in long-struggling pockets of major cities and small suburban towns cut off from regional economic engines, in the Low Country of South Carolina and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Administration is announcing eight new Promise Zone partnerships to fuel the revitalization of high-poverty communities.
In these Promise Zones, we will support locally developed plans that leverage private-sector investment to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunity, and reduce violent crime.
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President Obama on Freddie Gray’s Death: "This is Not New, and We Shouldn’t Pretend that It’s New."

April 28, 2015

Watch President Obama speak on the situation in Baltimore. http://t.co/T3t6ptxmaZ
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 28, 2015
On April 12, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old native of Baltimore, was arrested by the city’s police. He died a week later. 
The Department of Justice is now investigating the events that led to his death and today, President Obama offered his thoughts to the family and friends of Freddie Gray who are appropriately looking for answers while at the same time making clear there is “no excuse” for violence.

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Get Prepared to Stay in Business on April 30 -- "America’s PrepareAthon!"

April 28, 2015

Imagine stepping into your store, restaurant, or the office space where you run your business, a day or two after the wildfire has been contained, the tornado has passed, or floodwaters have...

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Whoever Said ‘Stick to the Plan’ Was Wrong

April 28, 2015

Making Plans and Sticking To Them — Or Not!
Come the start of the year, whether that's the traditional New Year's Day of January 1 or the anniversary of your business startup date, most...

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President Obama Meets with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

April 27, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office, April 27, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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America’s Response to the Earthquake in Nepal: What We Can Do to Help

April 27, 2015

“To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy, we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.” — Secretary of State John Kerry

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A Message From Space

April 27, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Medium.
Today, we received an important message from space:

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See the New "Kailua Blue" Obama State China

April 27, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on Medium. 

Planning the for the Obama State China began in the fall of 2011, with Mrs. Obama working with many members of the Residence staff — ushers, chefs, and curators — to draw on their experience with design, form, scale, quantity, and the needs of food service.
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“Dream Big” This National Small Business Week, May 4-8

April 27, 2015

With apologies to baseball and your mother’s apple pie, nothing is more American than National Small...

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An International Sale is a Gift Until You Get Paid

April 27, 2015

Actually, any sale is a gift until you get paid.  But exporters are especially concerned, since their buyers might be 10,000 miles away!
So, understanding the four basic ways to get paid...

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