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Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America. Today, there are 2.2 million. The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Every year, we spend $80 billion to keep people locked up.
President Obama, 10/17/2015
The Case for Reform
Over the last few decades, we've locked up more non-violent offenders than ever before — and for longer than ever.Read More
The two-year bipartisan budget agreement announced today is a major step forward for our economy. As our strong domestic economic momentum continues to face headwinds from slowing growth abroad, it is critical to avoid the self-inflicted wounds of past episodes of fiscal brinksmanship. Instead this agreement strengthens both short- and long-run growth, setting the stage for more, higher-paid jobs.Read More
“How do I forecast a new product, with no real data to call on?” you ask. I’ve dealt with this a lot through the years. It began several decades ago when I had the job of forecasting new products...Read More
Here’s a simple question: If your kids had more free time at school, what would you want them to do with it?
If you’re like most parents, here’s what I suspect you wouldn’t want your children to be doing with their extra time in the classroom: Taking more standardized tests. I certainly wouldn’t want that for my girls.Read More
Guest Blog Post by Tim O’Meara, President of GEMCITY Engineering and Manufacturing (GEM)
GEMCITY Engineering and Manufacturing (GEM) has been providing manufacturing services for 79 years. Our 250 employees working in our three operations: Bangkok Thailand; Philadelphia, Pa.; and our headquarters located in Dayton, Ohio--where we custom-make engineered equipment and provide contract manufacturing services.
In this week's address, the President laid out the importance of serving as good stewards of the environment and maintaining the planet for generations to come. Since taking office the President has prioritized protecting the places that make America special. He has repeatedly said that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than a changing climate, which is why he’s taken bold actions at home and encouraged historic action abroad on the issue. In his address, he encouraged Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund which has protected morRead More
Minority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the ‘Made in America’ product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise. Minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and have recently grown faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and in space! This week, the President welcomed to the White House the President of South Korea and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, hosted CEOs who are tackling climate change, traveled to West Virginia for a community discussion on drug abuse, and spent an evening stargazing with space-lovers at the second-ever White House Astronomy Night. That's October 16th to October 22nd or "I Love Astronomy Night!"
Friday, October 16Read More
Guest blog post by Roger Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)
Last week, Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews led a United States delegation to Tbilisi, Georgia, to reinforce the U.S. commitment to expanding the overall cooperation and economic partnership with Georgia. The delegation included the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources Bob Ichord and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Jonathan Katz.