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Weekly Address: American Operations in Iraq

Sat, 2014-08-09 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the State Dining Room of the White House, Aug. 8, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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AAR Lands Multi-million Dollar Supply Chain Deal with Kenya Airways with Help of U.S. Government Advocacy Efforts

Fri, 2014-08-08 17:16

For the first time since the
Obama administration’s “Doing Business in Africa” initiative went into effect, an aviation company has
landed a multi-year deal in Africa. AAR, a global aerospace, government and
defense contractor, recently announced a five-year deal with Kenya Airways.
Under the conditions of this multi-million dollar accord, Kenya Airways agrees
to provide power-by-the-hour component support for its fleet of 737NG aircraft,
while AAR places inventory on site in Nairobi and offers rotable pool support

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Weekly Wrap Up: Iraq, Africa, and 53 Years

Fri, 2014-08-08 16:01

This week, we talked about the imminent dangers climate change poses to our world; the President made a statement on the crisis in Iraq; he hosted the largest event that any U.S. president has ever held with African heads of state and government -- and he celebrated his 53rd birthday.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

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Chart of the Week: Number of Americans Applying for Unemployment Benefits Lowest Since 2006

Fri, 2014-08-08 10:13

The economy is getting stronger thanks to the grit and resilience of American workers. Last month, total job growth exceeded 200,000 for the sixth straight month, the first time that’s happened since 1997. In fact, our private sector has added 9.9 million jobs for the last 53 straight months, the longest streak on record.

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President Obama Makes a Statement on the Crisis in Iraq

Thu, 2014-08-07 22:40

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Tonight, in a statement addressing the current crisis in Iraq, President Obama announced that he authorized two operations in the country -- "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."
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Five Things Small Businesses Should Know About Export Control Reform

Thu, 2014-08-07 19:56

Editor's Note: This blog first appeared at on July 10, 2014.

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President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs

Thu, 2014-08-07 13:44

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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SBA Participates in the Millennial Trains Project Across the Country

Thu, 2014-08-07 00:00

If you take a moment to think about traveling cross country by train, you probably don’t imagine a bunch of 20-somethings riding along immersed in an intensive entrepreneurship thought...

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Secretary Pritzker Highlights the Work by the Commerce Department to Improve Trade and Investment with Africa at the Historic U.S.-Africa Business Forum

Wed, 2014-08-06 09:00

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered opening remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on trade and investment opportunities on the continent. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker stated that the U.S.-Africa economic relationship is fundamental to our mutual peace and prosperity. She discussed the work that the Commerce Department is doing to advance President Obama’s vision for the future of U.S.-Africa relations, including expanding the Foreign Commercial Service presence across the continent. She announced that the Department of Commerce and the U.S.

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John Podesta: "The Cost of Inaction"

Tue, 2014-08-05 13:55

Today, John Podesta, Counselor to the President, sent the following message to the White House email list. Want to be on the list? Sign up for updates.

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