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Weekly Wrap Up: Jobs, a VP #TBT, Iced Tea, and BBQ

Fri, 2014-08-01 18:03

This week, something happened that hasn't happened since 1997 (hint: it's about jobs); the Vice President participated in #ThrowbackThursday; the Press Secretary surprised a few folks by inviting them to dinner with the President; and the President strolled down Main Street, grabbing some iced tea, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with local residents along the way.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

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Digital Briefing: An Update from Ben Rhodes on Ukraine

Fri, 2014-08-01 17:44

In this video briefing from the West Wing, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on recent U.S. actions with regard to Ukraine and offers an overview of America's policy position.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Joins U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

Fri, 2014-08-01 17:00

On the final
day of her visit to India, Secretary Pritzker and Secretary of State John Kerry
met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss opportunities for
strengthening the U.S.-India commercial relationship. Their trip was the first
U.S. Cabinet-level visit to New Delhi since Prime Minister Modi was elected.

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Commerce Department Recognizes Minority Business Community Champions

Fri, 2014-08-01 15:30

Today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews
recognized the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Award
winners during a ceremony at the annual MED Week Conference in Washington, D.C.
MBDA awarded
13 organizations, businesses and individuals who have demonstrated leadership
and commitment in advancing the minority business community.

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The First Lady: Veteran Homelessness Is a “Stain on the Soul of This Nation”

Fri, 2014-08-01 13:59

First Lady Michelle Obama, in support of the Joining Forces initiative, addresses the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Commerce Department Achieves FY 2013 Small Business Federal Contracting Goal

Fri, 2014-08-01 13:57

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced
that the federal government met its small business federal contracting goal for
the first time in eight years – awarding 23 percent, or $83.1 billion, of all
federal small business eligible contracting dollars to small businesses in
fiscal year 2013.

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West Wing Week 08/01/14 or, “A Walk Down Main St.”

Fri, 2014-08-01 13:48

This week, the President hosted the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, reaffirmed America's commitment to Ukraine, and continued responding to Americans' letters - this time in Kansas City.

Friday, July 25th

The President and Vice President hosted Presidents Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to discuss how the United States and Central American governments are cooperating to disrupt smuggling organizations and promote safe, legal, and orderly migration.

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Small Businesses Win in SBA’s FY2013 Federal Procurement Scorecard

Fri, 2014-08-01 13:04

For the first time in 8 years, the federal government has met its annual 23% goal for small business contracting thanks to the SBA and President Obama’s commitment to ensuring small businesses earn federal contracts. This has resulted in more than $83 billion dollars of revenue for small businesses, the engine and innovators of our resilient economy.

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Answering the Public's Call

Fri, 2014-08-01 12:28

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from The Huffington Post. See the original here.
Today, President Obama will sign into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, and in doing so, will achieve a rare trifecta: a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best -- bipartisan congressional action in direct response to a call to action from the American people.

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NTIA Broadband Program Supports Workforce Preparation Across the United States

Fri, 2014-08-01 11:47

Cross blog post by Laura Breeden, program director for public computing and broadband adoption, National Telecommunications and Information AdministrationLast week, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs. Ensuring U.S. workers are able to compete and succeed is a key priority at the U.S. Commerce Department.

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