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West Wing Week 08/29/14 or, "Choose the Harder Right Instead of the Easier Wrong"

Thu, 2014-08-28 18:24

This week, the White House honored two important anniversaries for women's rights and civil rights, and the President announced new actions to improve access to quality health care for veterans.

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President Obama Delivers an Update on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:53

President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House,

August 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Historic Forum Yields Significant Gains for Africa-U.S. Business Ties

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:38

Guest blog post by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. SeligEarlier
this month, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies
co-hosted an event showing that
Africa is one of the world’s next great sources of economic growth.

The first-ever U.S.-Africa Business
Forum brought together American and African business leaders with the heads of
nearly 50 African nations to exchange ideas and create partnerships that will
promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment.

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President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:30

President Obama today announced that he has asked U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President Todd Park to take on a new role for the Administration as a technology advisor based in Silicon Valley. Park will begin the new role in September after he and his family have returned home to California.

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Chart of the Week: Where We Stand on Equal Pay for Equal Work

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:27

Ninety-four years ago this week, American women officially won the right to vote when the United States certified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The fight to secure that intrinsic right took generations, and nearly 100 years later, women continue to face persistent inequality and discrimination.

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Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2014

Thu, 2014-08-28 09:30

Today’s revision affirms that economic growth in the second quarter was strong, consistent with the recent string of solid job growth and improvements in other economic indicators. But there's more work that needs to be done to build on this momentum. That is why the President continues to act on his own to facilitate investment in American manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure, as well as take steps to improve the financial security of working families.

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Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored as White House Champions of Change

Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

The energy in the room was inspiring as 11 veteran and veteran spouse entrepreneurs took the stage to be honored as Champions of Change...

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How to Use Trending Topics for Your Content Marketing

Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

If you’re like pretty much every person who uses content marketing to grow a business, you probably run into some creative challenges from time to time. After all, isn’t there a finite number of...

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Betsey Stevenson: "94 Years Later, Here's Where We Are:"

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:35

Last night, White House economist Betsey Stevenson sent the email below to the White House email list, telling the story of the progress women have made since gaining the right to vote -- and what's still left to accomplish.
Didn't get the email? Make sure you're signed up for White House email updates.

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Travel Journal: There’s No Place Like Nome!

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:00

Last week, I embarked on my first trip as Commerce Secretary to
Alaska to see how the Last Frontier directly contributes to our economy, and
how the U.S. Department of Commerce can help further support Alaskan

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