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West Wing Week 07/11/14 or, "Responding to Your Letter...In Person!"

Fri, 2014-07-11 20:00

This Fourth of July week, the President welcomed some newly naturalized Americans, and spent time with middle-class Americans in Denver and Austin, while Dr. Jill Biden wrapped up a week-long trip to Africa. 

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SupplierPay and QuickPay: Strengthening America's Small Businesses

Fri, 2014-07-11 19:29

Today, President Obama announced the creation of SupplierPay, a new partnership with the private sector that will strengthen America's small businesses by increasing their working capital. He's also renewing the QuickPay initiative for federal small business subcontractors, which the President launched in 2011.
If you're scratching your head and asking yourself, "What does that mean, exactly?" — don't worry. We'll do our best to break it down for you.

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A Day in the Life: Austin

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:02

President Obama capped off a three-day road trip with a visit to Austin, Texas, where he sat down for coffee with a letter writer, delivered a speech on the economy, and grabbed lunch at a local BBQ joint.
Relive the President's day in Austin right here. (And, if you want to write the President yourself, you can always do that here.)

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A New Strategy to “Drive” Small Business Growth

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:17

Three years ago, entrepreneur Maurice Brewster made one of the best business decisions of his life: He signed his limousine company, Mosaic Transportation, up for IBM’s Supplier Connection – a collaboration between small businesses and the supply chains of Fortune 500 corporations
It was a wise decision because small firms that enter the supply chains of major corporations grow their revenue by an average of 250 percent and their workforce by an average of 150 percent.

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A Promising Glimpse at Washington’s Next Generation

Fri, 2014-07-11 11:42

Valerie Jarrett meets with Urban Alliance students and alumni at their Washington, D.C. branch. From left to right: Brittney Mayo, Assima Raissa, David McIntosh-Peters, Akira Muse, Andre Williams.

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Celebrating 5 Million @WhiteHouse Twitter Followers

Fri, 2014-07-11 10:25

Big news: the White House Twitter account just reached 5 million followers! If you're one of them, thanks for following along.

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The President Discusses the Humanitarian Situation at the Southwest Border

Thu, 2014-07-10 17:27

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After meeting with local officials, faith leaders, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama delivered a statement yesterday evening on the humanitarian situation at the border.
He first described two of the crucial components of this ongoing crisis. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and children with adults, is occurring in one concentrated sector at the border -- the Rio Grande Valley. Second, many of these children and their parents are not looking to evade law enforcement; rather, they are being apprehended in large numbers.

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The President Discusses the Humanitarian Situation at the Southwest Border

Thu, 2014-07-10 17:27

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After meeting with local officials, faith leaders, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama delivered a statement yesterday evening on the humanitarian situation at the border.
He first described two of the crucial components of this ongoing crisis. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and children with adults, is occurring in one concentrated sector at the border -- the Rio Grande Valley. Second, many of these children and their parents are not looking to evade law enforcement; rather, they are being apprehended in large numbers.

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Competitors Team Up to Power Down in This Year’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

Thu, 2014-07-10 16:47

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the EPA Connect blog. See the original post here.
What if the key to driving down energy use in commercial buildings came down to one simple idea: Teamwork. We see the power of teamwork all around us. In sports, individuals come together to push each other, help each other, and find out how to work together for the maximum benefit. At work, we achieve more by working together than we could ever achieve alone. So why not take this concept into the realm of commercial building energy use?

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Competitors Team Up to Power Down in This Year’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

Thu, 2014-07-10 16:47

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the EPA Connect blog. See the original post here.
What if the key to driving down energy use in commercial buildings came down to one simple idea: Teamwork. We see the power of teamwork all around us. In sports, individuals come together to push each other, help each other, and find out how to work together for the maximum benefit. At work, we achieve more by working together than we could ever achieve alone. So why not take this concept into the realm of commercial building energy use?

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