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What You Might Have Missed This Week:

Fri, 2014-07-18 18:20

This week, President Obama addressed the crash of Flight MH17, talked about investing in our country's infrastructure, and continued to take important steps to respond to a changing climate -- and the First Lady hosted the Kids' State Dinner, featuring 54 delicious recipes from around the country.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

President Obama on the Crash of Flight MH17
Today, President Obama delivered a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17:

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West Wing Week 07/18/14 or, "Where Are You Going to Go Build Your Widgets?"

Fri, 2014-07-18 18:06

Welcome to Infrastructure & Transportation Week here at West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening infrastructurally and transportationally here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and beyond.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Talks About Efforts to Boost Exports in the Rural Delta

Fri, 2014-07-18 16:56

Exports are an important tool for
economic development and job creation, which is why the Obama Administration
has made increased exports a central pillar of its strategy for economic
growth. With the recent launch of NEI/NEXT, the next phase of the successful
National Export Initiative, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker has made it a
priority to expand the U.S. export base and to help more American businesses of
all sizes – including rural businesses – capitalize on opportunities in foreign

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President Obama Speaks on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia and Ukraine, and the Situation in Gaza

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:58

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Today, President Obama delivered a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 yesterday:
Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border.  Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken -- men, women, children, infants -- who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine.  Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.

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Tune In: Watch the Kids' State Dinner Live!

Fri, 2014-07-18 10:15

This morning at 11:25 a.m. ET, we'll be streaming the 2014 Kids' State Dinner live from the White House.
And you can watch it all right here.
More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year, featuring wholesome and tasty ingredients such as squash, ground turkey, salmon, and kale. Watch the winning recipes being selected for the 2014 Kids' State Dinner below -- and tune in to the Kids' State Dinner live today at 11:25 a.m. ET.

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Working to End Pregnancy Discrimination: A Win for Families Everywhere

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:32

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on See the original post here.
More than 30 years ago, Congress wisely passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Yet today, many pregnant women still experience unfair and unnecessary challenges on the job.
Non-discrimination has been the law of the land for over three decades, yet, in some workplaces, the standard for treatment of pregnant women has remained in the dark ages. Some are fired or demoted, with no hesitation, when a modest accommodation would allow them to continue to work and support their families.

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Building Infrastructure to Strengthen Environmental Resiliency

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:00

Guest blog post by Jay Williams, Assistant
Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Environmental
sustainability is a priority for the Department of Commerce and EDA. In the
last 5 years alone, EDA has made more than 130 investments that support green
projects and environmental resilience across the nation. As climate change
becomes more pronounced, it is crucial that communities and regions factor in
to their strategic plans new development and infrastructure to account for and
mitigate the potential environmental impact.

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President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Thu, 2014-07-17 18:48

Update at 10:38 p.m. ET: The Press Secretary released a statement on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

July 17, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama: "Let's Build Some Bridges. Let's Build Some Roads."

Thu, 2014-07-17 18:25

President Barack Obama delivers remarks before he signs an executive action creating the Build America Investment Initiative during an event near the Interstate 495 Bridge at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., July 17, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Guidance Aims to Improve Community Resilience to Coastal Hazards

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:34

Do you live on or near the coast? According to the latest population data, more than 39 percent of Americans lived in coastal shoreline counties and the number is growing. America’s coasts stretch along more than 95,000 miles. One downside to living along the coast is that climate change increasing many natural hazards, such as erosion, harmful algal blooms, big storms, flooding, tsunamis, and sea level rise.Investing in infrastructure has never been more important.

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