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Preparing Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:12

We've been talking a lot recently about the need to rebuild and strengthen our nation's infrastructure. As the President has made clear, a world-class infrastructure system is a vital part of a top-performing economy.
But there's another important reason why we need to rebuild our infrastructure: climate change.

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Giving Working Families a Voice

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:04

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
Last night, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy participated in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game – proof positive that you can perform peerlessly at your job while still taking care of your family at critical moments. Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season to be with his wife after she gave birth to their child.

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Giving Working Families a Voice

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:04

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
Last night, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy participated in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game – proof positive that you can perform peerlessly at your job while still taking care of your family at critical moments. Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season to be with his wife after she gave birth to their child.

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Tune In: The First Lady Speaks at the Unite for Veterans Summit

Wed, 2014-07-16 09:51

Ed. note: This live event has concluded.
Today at 2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles, an event hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Southern California. 

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Tune In: The First Lady Speaks at the Unite for Veterans Summit

Wed, 2014-07-16 09:51

Ed. note: This live event has concluded.
Today at 2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles, an event hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Southern California. 

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Welcoming Congressional Action on Key National Security Tools

Tue, 2014-07-15 20:48

Today, Congress took an important step forward in making sure that we’re developing the capabilities necessary to make America safer.
As the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, I welcome the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee markup of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Act. Its ultimate passage would allow us to move forward on a number of priority national security initiatives, including the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF).  

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President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

Tue, 2014-07-15 16:33

President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 14, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Discusses Opportunities for U.S. Companies to Export

Tue, 2014-07-15 16:01

U.S. exports reached a record $2.3 trillion in 2013 and support a record 11.3 million U.S. jobs. Thousands of companies across the country made exporting a strategy to growing their business and in fact, exports have driven the economic recovery and job creation in a number of U.S. cities. Because of the critical role of exports, the Department of Commerce recently launched the next phase of the National Export Initiative, NEI/NEXT.

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The President Speaks on the Importance of Our Nation's Infrastructure

Tue, 2014-07-15 15:42

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, July 15, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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My 100-Day Progress Report

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:15

It has been an exhilarating first 100 days on the job. When I was sworn in as SBA Administrator in April, I promised to “get more loans into the hands of entrepreneurs who reflect the diversity of America by making it easier for community banks and microlenders to become our partners.”

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