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Weekly Wrap Up: Celebrating Memorial Day, Honoring Oberlin Grads, and a Q&A with @POTUS

Fri, 2015-05-29 17:53

This week, the President honored our troops on Memorial Day, reminded us why #CleanWaterRules, and answered your climate questions on Twitter -- while the First Lady inspired graduates at Oberlin College.
Check out what you may have missed in this week’s wrap up. 

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More than 4.51 Million Records Released

Fri, 2015-05-29 15:45

In September 2009, the President announced that — for the first time in history — White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in February 2015. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.51 million — all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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This Day in History: John F. Kennedy Was Born

Fri, 2015-05-29 13:34

Today in 1917, John F. Kennedy -- the 35th President of the United States, and the first to be born in the 20th century -- was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Of Irish descent, President Kennedy was the youngest man to be elected President, and was also the youngest to die.
Graduating from Harvard in 1940, he entered the Navy. In 1943, when his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy, despite grave injuries, led the survivors through perilous waters to safety.

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Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Fri, 2015-05-29 12:33

In December 2014, when the President announced our historic shift in Cuba policy, he opened a new era in our relationship with the Cuban people, and the entire hemisphere. The President’s new approach to Cuba moves beyond decades of unsuccessful efforts to isolate Cuba, and is the continuation of a process designed to empower the Cuban people. This dramatically improves our capacity to promote the interests and democratic values that the United States stands for across the Americas and around the globe.

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West Wing Week: 05/29/15 or, “High Fives For Everybody!”

Fri, 2015-05-29 11:04

This week, the President donned a yarmulke at Adas Israel Congregation, where he also sang and danced with some preschoolers; marked the first Memorial Day since our war in Afghanistan came to an end; hosted the NATO Secretary-General in the Oval Office; and answered your questions on climate change during a Twitter Q&A in Miami. That's May 22 to May 28th or, “High Fives for Everybody!”

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U.S. Secretary Pritzker Visits Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Discuss Importance of Trade and Exports, Attends National Water Center Opening

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:50

This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to discuss the importance of trade and exports to the state’s economy with Representative Terri Sewell and local business leaders. 
In their roundtable discussion, Secretary Pritzker highlighted the importance of exports to economic growth. In 2013, there were about 4,000 Alabama companies that sold their goods to overseas markets, 81 percent which were small- and medium-sized businesses. Goods exports from Alabama reached $19.5 billion in 2014, supporting 95,000 American jobs.

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Second Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2015

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:30

Today’s downward revision to GDP growth was entirely accounted for by revisions to inventory investment and net exports, with other changes being small and neutral on balance. The first-quarter slowdown was the result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand, and consumers saving the windfall from lower oil prices. The combination of personal consumption and fixed investment, the most stable components of GDP, has grown 3.4 percent over the past four quarters. This solid long-term economic trend complements the robust pace of job growth and unemployment reduction over the last year.

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Webinar: Are You Prepared for the Switch to Chip Card Technology?

Fri, 2015-05-29 00:00

Did you know that an important shift is occurring with card payment technology that might impact your business? Keeping up with the newest, most secure card payment technology is very important...

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SBIR Pulse - 2015 National Conference Special Edition - Pitching and Connecting with Big Business Panel Session

Fri, 2015-05-29 00:00

The 2015 SBIR/STTR National Conference is just around the corner – June 15 to 17 at the Gaylord Conference...

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Joins President Obama on Tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida

Thu, 2015-05-28 16:50

Today, President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker toured NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami and received the Center’s annual briefing on the upcoming hurricane season.  Dr. Rick Knabb, director of the hurricane center, joined NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan in leading the President and Secretary Pritzker on a tour of the facility and showed them the tools and protocols currently in place to track violent storms and respond to land-falling hurricanes.

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