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Why Access to Free Community College Matters

January 09, 2015

America entered the 20th century as the world’s pre-eminent economic power, and in the following decades, it continued to prosper due in large part to its commitment to universal public high school education. We made high school free and universal at a time when other countries called that wasteful, and as a result, we created the most highly skilled workforce in the world. In the 1950s, American teenagers were three times as likely to be in school full-time compared to European teenagers.

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Commerce Deputy Secretary Andrews’ Visit to Consumer Electronics Show Underscores Importance of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to American Economy

January 09, 2015

Yesterday, U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews concluded a two-day visit to Las Vegas, where he toured the floor of the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and addressed Las Vegas business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce on the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to the American economy. On Wednesday, Deputy Secretary Andrews addressed local Las Vegas business leaders at a roundtable organized by Business Forward.

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Great Strides for Women’s Health Under the Affordable Care Act

January 09, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on The Huffington Post. See the original post here.
President Obama has said repeatedly that “when women succeed, America succeeds.” And over the past year, millions of women have gained the security of knowing that their professional, academic, financial, and personal dreams will not be put in jeopardy if they face a health challenge. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a report detailing the important strides we have made in women’s health as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). 

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West Wing Week: 1/9/15 or, "SOTU Spoiler Alert!"

January 09, 2015

This week, the President traveled to Michigan and Arizona to preview new policy initiatives from his upcoming State of the Union address on January 20. His actions will focus on helping middle-class families buy a home and land solid, good-paying jobs. That's January 2 to January 8 or, "SOTU Spoiler Alert!"

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Promoting Spectrum Sharing In the Wireless Broadband Era

January 09, 2015

Cross blog post by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration In the summer of 2010 -- just three years after the introduction of the iPhone -- President Obama called on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to collaborate with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to free up critical radio spectrum to fuel the breakneck growth of the wireless broadband market.

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The Faces of Health Care: Katherine R.

January 09, 2015

"We were just about to be a statistic: being over 50 and experience a decline in work and health simultaneously. I'm sure Obamacare is why we are still in our home today." 

 
Self-employed for 32 years in Portland, Oregon, Katherine R. and her family had to pay for health care completely out of pocket and could never rely on unemployment during hard times -- "a luxury most folks take for granted." 
But the Affordable Care Act came just in time for her and her family.
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How trade stats can help US businesses expand abroad

January 09, 2015

Guest blog
post by Dale Kelly, Chief of the International Trade Management Division, U.S.
Census Bureau

International
markets provide an opportunity for U.S. businesses to increase sales and
overall competitiveness, but knowing how to get started and learning about
foreign markets can be daunting. The U.S. Census Bureau can help.

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The Employment Situation in December

January 09, 2015

Today’s solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014. Total job growth last year was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades. Although nominal wages fell in December, inflation-adjusted wages have generally been rising, and job growth has picked up in sectors that traditionally provide good, middle-class jobs.

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Email: "Reclaiming the American Dream"

January 08, 2015

This afternoon, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro sent the following message to the White House email list. In it, he highlights the progress our housing market has made during President Obama's time in office, and how a new directive from the President will help more American families purchase their own homes.
Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here.

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Commerce General Counsel Kelly Welsh to Discuss Legal Reform in China

January 08, 2015

Guest blog
post by Kelly Welsh, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce

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