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First-Ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum Provides Important Recommendations For Improved Economic Partnership

Thu, 2015-07-16 08:34

This week, I had the opportunity to participate in the first ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum, co-hosted by the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the forum, Vice President Biden, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, U.S. business leaders, other government officials, and I met to discuss the future of American business in Ukraine and an improved economic partnership.

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4 Tax Actions to Take in July

Thu, 2015-07-16 00:00

Like most small business owners who don’t think of July as an important tax time, you may not be thinking about taxes right now, but you should be. Here are four things to do now to help achieve a...

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Secretary Pritzker Promotes Entrepreneurship and a Path Forward for America's Economy in Kansas City

Wed, 2015-07-15 17:25

On Tuesday, Secretary Pritzker traveled to Kansas City to address up-and-coming entrepreneurs as well as important community groups.

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Bringing Our Immigration System into the Digital Age

Wed, 2015-07-15 15:00

In November, President Obama announced a series of Executive Actions to fix the broken immigration system. As a part of these efforts, he charged the key federal agencies responsible for administering our legal immigration system to explore ways to modernize and streamline the system. The goal was to develop recommendations to bring the system into the 21st century to grow our economy, help businesses and workers, and protect families.

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President Obama: "Our Criminal Justice System Isn't as Smart as It Should Be"

Wed, 2015-07-15 13:12

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the NAACP Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 14, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Yesterday, the President traveled to Philadelphia to address the NAACP's 106th national convention. In his remarks, he laid out the reasons why we need to reform America's criminal justice system, and why we need to invest in our communities and expand opportunity for all Americans.
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Get health coverage for your small business employees anytime with the SHOP Marketplace

Wed, 2015-07-15 00:00

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How to Communicate During a Disaster

Wed, 2015-07-15 00:00

The idea of returning to “business as usual” when you’re in the middle of a disaster can seem impossible.  While it is absolutely possible to make a full recovery,...

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Restoring Hope and Closing Opportunity Gaps

Tue, 2015-07-14 18:11

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.
No young person should have to face the future without hope and optimism. Young people should be excited to learn, to grow, to succeed and to contribute to their communities. But in many disadvantaged neighborhoods and for many young people of color, opportunity gaps strangle hope.

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This Photo of Pluto Is Worth Sharing:

Tue, 2015-07-14 17:59

Today, Dr. John P. Holdren -- the President's science advisor -- sent the following message to the White House list, sharing a brand-new photo of Pluto. The photo, from NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe, is the sharpest photo ever seen of the "dwarf planet."
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The Iran Deal:

Tue, 2015-07-14 17:58

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear agreement in the East Room of the White House, July 14, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This morning, the President sent the following message to the White House email list, explaining the details of today's historic nuclear deal with Iran and how it will make our country, our allies, and the world safer and more secure. 
Watch the highlights from his speech today -- then read his email below:

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