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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 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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Securing Intellectual Property Protection Around The World

Thu, 2014-09-25 14:08

All inventors—everywhere—deserve to have their inventions
protected and promoted through intellectual property (IP) law everywhere. That
is why the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) international IP
focus—both in terms of policymaking and in IP processing—specifically advances
us toward a world of global IP promotion and protection. And that is why USPTO’s
senior leadership, led by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual
Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, has spent the last

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President Obama Chairs the U.N. Security Council Meeting on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Wed, 2014-09-24 19:04

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Today, President Obama led the United Nations Security Council in unanimously passing a binding resolution to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into -- and out of -- Iraq and Syria.
In its nearly 70-year history, the United Nations Security Council has only met six times at the Head of State level. "We convene such sessions to address the most urgent threats to peace and security," the President said, who called the meeting to specifically address this growing threat: 

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The First Lady: We've Made "Tremendous Progress" in Educating the World’s Young Women, but There's More Work to Do

Wed, 2014-09-24 17:56

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the special keynote address at the United Nations' Global Education First Initiative's high-level event at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Celebrating Open Government Around the Globe

Wed, 2014-09-24 17:45

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meeting on the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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