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The Faces of Health Care: Katherine R.

Fri, 2015-01-09 10:09

"We were just about to be a statistic: being over 50 and experience a decline in work and health simultaneously. I'm sure Obamacare is why we are still in our home today." 

Self-employed for 32 years in Portland, Oregon, Katherine R. and her family had to pay for health care completely out of pocket and could never rely on unemployment during hard times -- "a luxury most folks take for granted." 
But the Affordable Care Act came just in time for her and her family.
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How trade stats can help US businesses expand abroad

Fri, 2015-01-09 09:40

Guest blog
post by Dale Kelly, Chief of the International Trade Management Division, U.S.
Census Bureau

markets provide an opportunity for U.S. businesses to increase sales and
overall competitiveness, but knowing how to get started and learning about
foreign markets can be daunting. The U.S. Census Bureau can help.

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The Employment Situation in December

Fri, 2015-01-09 09:30

Today’s solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014. Total job growth last year was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades. Although nominal wages fell in December, inflation-adjusted wages have generally been rising, and job growth has picked up in sectors that traditionally provide good, middle-class jobs.

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Email: "Reclaiming the American Dream"

Thu, 2015-01-08 19:32

This afternoon, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro sent the following message to the White House email list. In it, he highlights the progress our housing market has made during President Obama's time in office, and how a new directive from the President will help more American families purchase their own homes.
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Commerce General Counsel Kelly Welsh to Discuss Legal Reform in China

Thu, 2015-01-08 18:31

Guest blog
post by Kelly Welsh, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce

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The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

Thu, 2015-01-08 18:16

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, delivers remarks on college affordability at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama Announces Plans to Save Americans Money on Homeownership

Thu, 2015-01-08 14:33

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix, Az., Jan. 8, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro visited Phoenix, Arizona this afternoon to put a spotlight on the recovering housing sector.
Restoring security to homeownership has always been one of the President's top economic priorities, and the results are clear -- the housing market has greatly improved since President Obama took office.

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Commerce’s NIST Announces STEM Education Opportunities for Teachers and Undergraduates

Thu, 2015-01-08 14:11

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced they are accepting
applications for two grant programs for middle school science teachers and for its
annual NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. These programs underscore the importance of
educating both our teachers and students in the fields of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM). President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students

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The President Speaks About America's Auto Industry — the "Heartbeat of American Manufacturing"

Thu, 2015-01-08 12:58

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Yesterday afternoon, President Obama stopped by the Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan to talk about the auto bailout, and the resurgence of America's auto industry over the past few years.
"I wanted to come here to Michigan because this state proves no matter how tough times get, Americans are tougher," he said.
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2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit is Now Open for Business

Thu, 2015-01-08 10:11

Guest blog post by Secretary
Penny Pritzker 

In my first year as Secretary, one of my proudest moments
was welcoming international investors to the 2013
SelectUSA Investment Summit. Alongside President Obama, Secretary of State
John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, and U.S.
Trade Representative Michael Froman, we made it clear that America is “Open for

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