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West Wing Week: 09/26/14, or "Stronger When We Stand United"

Fri, 2014-09-26 13:35

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This week, the President unveiled the "It's on Us" campaign, signed the America's Promise Summit Declaration, and headed to New York City for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. That's September 19 to September 25, or "Stronger When We Stand United."

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The Cost of Doing This Kind of Business: What Corporate Inversions Mean for America’s Future

Fri, 2014-09-26 13:00

A good way to build a stronger economy is to create a fairer and more efficient tax code -- one that promotes business investment and job creation in the United States. That is why the President has proposed business tax reform that will simplify the tax code by lowering the corporate tax rate and closing wasteful loopholes.

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Supporting Manufacturers on Manufacturing Day and Every Day

Fri, 2014-09-26 10:12

Guest blog post by Greg Sizemore is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service team in North Carolina.Cross-posted from Trade.gov.Manufacturing is more than just a cornerstone of the U.S. economy; it’s a cornerstone of modern life.The screen you’re reading this on is a manufactured commodity. The radio you’re listening to, the car you drove to work, the smartphone your kids keep staring at – your refrigerator, your TV, your medicine – all manufactured goods.Many headlines about U.S.

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Ebola Requires the World’s United Action

Fri, 2014-09-26 09:56

The nations of the world, along with key international organizations, gather at the White House today to advance a Global Health Security Agenda that will help keep the world safe from infectious disease threats.
This meeting is a critical opportunity to increase international commitment and, more importantly, action to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the infectious disease threats to come.

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Third Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2014

Fri, 2014-09-26 09:30

Today’s revision confirms that economic growth in the second quarter was strong, and other recent data suggest that this momentum has continued into the subsequent months. While these indicators demonstrate that the economy has come a long way in recovering from the Great Recession, there is more work to do to both boost growth and ensure that growth translates into greater financial security for working families. The President will continue to do everything in his power to support investments in job creation and encourage higher incomes for workers.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Is Stepping Down After Six-Year Tenure

Thu, 2014-09-25 18:18

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In remarks from the White House State Dining Room this afternoon, President Obama announced that Eric Holder will be stepping down from his current position as U.S. Attorney General.
Assuming office in February 2009, Holder's nearly six-year tenure makes him one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in U.S. history. He will continue to serve as Attorney General until the President nominates his successor, and the successor is confirmed by the Senate.
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Data Innovation Summit: Taking Advantage of Boston’s Big Data Movement

Thu, 2014-09-25 17:25

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic
AffairsCross-posted from ESA.gov.I was
honored to deliver the keynote address this morning to over 800 of today’s data
leaders.  In preparation I had one goal: to
tell the story of data -- how far the Department of Commerce has come and it’s potential
for the future. These are exciting times. Over the past decade, jobs in data
fields have grown at a rate 6 times faster than the economy as a whole, and these
jobs pay 73% more than the typical American job.

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Minority Businesses Keep the “Made in America” Brand Strong

Thu, 2014-09-25 17:00

Recent studies have shown that the pace of growth in the U.S.
manufacturing sector continues to rise. Minority businesses are playing an
integral part in that growth and are helping to keep the “Made in America”
product strong.

This year,
the Minority Business Development Agency recognized two businesses for outstanding
manufacturing impact and achieving significant success in
employing new and innovative techniques that led to a significant increase in
market share, job growth and customer satisfaction.

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President Obama to the International Community: We Must Do More to Fight Ebola

Thu, 2014-09-25 14:35

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The Ebola outbreak afflicting West African countries is now an epidemic of unprecedented proportions. President Obama has made combating this terrible disease a top national security priority and today, at the United Nations, he called on the world to join the United States in this effort.
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Looking Back on My White House Internship:

Thu, 2014-09-25 14:30

Ed. note: Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2015 White House Internship Program. This blog post introduces readers to Larry Hailsham, a former intern who worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the summer of 2014. When asked about his internship experience, here's what Larry wrote.

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