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The Faces of Health Care: Lynnette J.

December 16, 2014

"When I opened the envelope containing my insurance card, I got a bit teary eyed. Thank you a million times."

Lynette J. is a small business owner from Hyattsville, Maryland. Her business has been open for more than seven years, she's 34 years old, and at the time she wrote the President this past August, she was about to make her first doctor's appointment in more than five years. That's because she's now covered thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
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The Economy in 2014

December 16, 2014

The U.S. economic recovery took a major step forward in 2014, achieving a number of important milestones. American businesses set a new record for the most consecutive months of job growth: now 57 straight months and counting. By November, the economy had already added more jobs than in any full calendar year since the 1990s. And crucially, the pickup in job growth during 2014 occurred primarily in higher-paying industries, while nearly all of the employment gains have been in full-time positions.

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Franchise Businesses: Online Security Matters

December 16, 2014

Like you don’t have enough to worry about when you’re setting up your franchise business.
There are many things you’ll need to do before you can open your doors before...

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First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the Holidays with the Children's National Medical Center

December 15, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama reads '' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" during a Christmas holiday program at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014. The First Lady is seated with Elves Aaron Irby (age 9), and Kyra DeStefano (age 10), right, and Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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The Nation's Doctor: Dr. Vivek Murthy Is Confirmed as Surgeon General

December 15, 2014

The Surgeon General is America's doctor, responsible for providing Americans with the best scientific information on how to improve our collective well-being. Now, Dr. Vivek Murthy will be the next physician to don the lab coat of the Surgeon General after the Senate confirmed his nomination today. 

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In Memphis, Attorney General Holder Talks About Building Trust Between Communities and Law Enforcement

December 15, 2014

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Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Memphis and held a roundtable discussion on improving the relationship between the city's people of color and local law enforcement.
In the wake of the recent police-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others, the President has called for an increased effort to help rebuild communities' trust in local law enforcement and the justice system. In that vein, the Attorney General will be holding similar discussions in a number of other cities across the country.

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President Obama Thanks America's Troops and Marks a Milestone in the Afghanistan War

December 15, 2014

"The message I’m here to deliver on behalf of the American people is very simple: It’s just to say thank you."
President Obama traveled to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey today to offer his thanks to the U.S. military members and families stationed there and across the world for their service to our country: 
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President Obama: "Nashville Shows How Immigrants Benefit All"

December 15, 2014

Earlier today, The Tennessean published the following op-ed from President Obama. In it, he discusses his executive actions to help make America's immigration system smarter and fairer, and why we still need Congress to pass a common-sense law to fix the system.
Learn more about the actions the President is taking on immigration.

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Operational Excellence in Federal Spectrum Management

December 15, 2014

One of the core functions of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA) is to manage federal uses of wireless spectrum
to make the most efficient use of this precious resource. It’s complex,
technical work performed by a team of resourceful engineers who labor behind
the scenes to ensure that federal agencies have the radio spectrum they need to
perform all sorts of mission-critical functions. 

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Building Data-Driven Workforce Solutions

December 15, 2014

Guest blog post by Chauncy Lennon, Senior Program Director, Workforce Initiatives JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Member of the Commerce Department's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) Last Friday was the kickoff meeting for NACIE 2.0 – the
Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Committee on Innovation and
Entrepreneurship. I was proud to join my fellow committee members to
address global competiveness. Without question, the meeting started in
what can only be described as a sprint out of the blocks. We began the

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