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Building Stronger Partnerships for Manufacturing

May 09, 2016

Guest blog post by Carroll Thomas, Director, Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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Weekly Address: Happy Mother’s Day From President Obama

May 07, 2016

In this week's address, President Obama recognized all mothers in celebration of this upcoming Mother's Day, including First Lady Michelle Obama. The President emphasized that we should give all parents the support they need by providing paid maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, accommodations for workers who are pregnant, good health care, affordable child care, flexibility at work, equal pay, and a decent minimum wage. Underscoring the importance of these issues, the President called on Congress to give meaning to Mother's Day by taking action on these items.

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West Wing Week 5/6/16 or, “But Is It?”

May 06, 2016

This week, the Vice President rounded out his trip overseas with a visit to both the Holy See and the Eternal City -- and the First Lady headed to Los Angeles and Missouri. The President bid farewell to the current class of White House interns, hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, honored the teacher of the year & Cinco de Mayo, traveled to Flint, Michigan, and gave his final toast and roast at the annual White House Correspondence Dinner. That's April 29th to May 5th or..."But Is It?" 

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New American Entrepreneurs are America’s Biggest Dreamers

May 06, 2016

I love to tell the story of Parag Mehta and Hitesh Kothari. Parag and Mehta are best friends who grew up together in Gujarat, India. They came to the United States in 1983 and, with the help of a...

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Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Addresses Technology Leaders on Revolutionizing Commerce Data

May 06, 2016

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews today addressed the 4th meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council at Google Headquarters in New York City. He commended the group on its success and outlined a vision to continue to make data more accessible and usable for the public. 
During his remarks, Deputy Secretary Andrews discussed the Department’s role as “America’s Data Agency,” and updated the council on several key Departmental data projects, including the Trade Data Project and the Data Usability Project.

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Commerce Secretary Pritzker Addresses Impact of TPP on Trade Relationships in the Western Hemisphere

May 06, 2016

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlighted the importance of trade relationships in the Western Hemisphere in an armchair discussion at the Council of the America’s 26th Annual Washington Conference.

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The Employment Situation in April

May 06, 2016

The longest streak of private-sector job growth on record continued in April, with businesses adding 171,000 jobs, well above the pace necessary to maintain a low and stable unemployment rate. U.S. businesses have now added 14.6 million jobs over 74 straight months of job growth. Most importantly, average hourly earnings for private employees have increased 3.2 percent at an annual rate so far in 2016.

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President Obama's Efforts on Financial Transparency and Anti-Corruption: What You Need to Know

May 06, 2016

.@POTUS just took a series of steps to combat money laundering, corruption, and tax evasion: https://t.co/vzff5yGpjT https://t.co/dyT4hEa4LV
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 6, 2016

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A Nation of Second Chances

May 05, 2016

President Barack Obama meets for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Earlier this spring, I met with a group of individuals whose sentences were commuted either by President Bush, President Clinton, or myself. They were all at different stages of a new chapter in their lives, but each of their stories was extraordinary.

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