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What Manufacturing Really Looks Like Today

Tue, 2014-09-23 13:30

Did you know that over 70 percent of
Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong
economy and national defense, but only 30 percent
of parents encourage their kids to enter manufacturing? Or that the
manufacturing sector has added more than 700,000 jobs over the last
four-and-a-half years and is growing at twice the rate of GDP? Clearly there is
a disconnect. The future of American manufacturing is bright and provides many
benefits, both in the number of high-quality, good

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

Tue, 2014-09-23 10:38

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on confronting the terrorist group ISIL in Syria, on the South Lawn of the White House prior to departure for New York, N.Y.

September 23, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Wishing You a Sweet, Happy, and Healthy New Year

Tue, 2014-09-23 09:00

Shanah Tovah from the White House! On Wednesday evening, Jews in the United States and around the world will begin celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The High Holidays offer the Jewish community a moment of pause, a time to reflect on the previous year and recommit to the unending task of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Together, working with people of all faiths, we can bring greater peace and prosperity to the world in 5775.

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Happy Birthday, We the People! Marking Three Years of Online Petitions

Tue, 2014-09-23 08:30

We the People, the Obama administration's online petitions platform, turned 3 yesterday.
On September 22, 2011, we launched We the People to give Americans a new way to petition their government around issues they care about. It works like this: Start a petition, get enough signatures, and the Obama administration will work with policy experts to issue an official response.

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The Power of Words in Business

Tue, 2014-09-23 00:00

Words can be a very powerful tool. They can help you connect with customers, assist in negotiation and, ultimately, they can help you build your business. That’s why it’s vital to pick your words...

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The President's Statement on Today's Treasury Department Action on Inversions

Mon, 2014-09-22 18:43

Today, the Treasury Department announced that it's taking action to reduce the tax benefits of -- and, where possible, stop -- corporate tax inversions from happening.
What's an inversion again? In short, it's a type of corporate tax deal wherein a U.S.-based multinational with operations in other countries moves the tax residence of the parent company overseas -- moving into a low-tax jurisdiction to avoid paying U.S. taxes. (Want more details? We break it down pretty thoroughly in this post.)

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Three Takeaways from National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Day

Mon, 2014-09-22 17:45

Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker participated in the National
Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Day on Capitol Hill
event. She was joined by Sen. Sherrod Brown, Reps. Joe Kennedy and Tom Reed,
several business leaders and the directors of the newly established
pilot Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation. NNMI Day was an opportunity
to showcase the successes of the four pilot institutes in North Carolina,
Youngstown, Chicago, and Detroit in the areas of additive, digital,

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The First Lady Passes 1 Million Followers on Twitter and Instagram

Mon, 2014-09-22 14:37

After just over a year on Twitter and Instagram, First Lady Michelle Obama's social media accounts both passed 1 million followers this summer!

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Promise Zones: Creating Opportunities

Mon, 2014-09-22 12:42

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's blog. See the original post here.
As the former Mayor of an urban Promise Zone community, I have a unique appreciation for the passion and dedication local leaders have when working to turn around their communities.

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Guess Who’s Leading on Paid Leave? (Hint: Not Us)

Mon, 2014-09-22 11:36

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
Earlier this month, I was in Melbourne, Australia representing our government at a meeting of Labor Ministers of the world’s 20 major economies.
After sitting down with my G20 counterparts and learning more about their policies relating to work and workplaces, my main takeaway is that the United States is distressingly behind the curve on paid family leave.

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