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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists at NIST and NOAA

May 05, 2016

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented several Commerce Department employees with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PCASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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Hate Speech Has a Friend in Silence: Lessons from the Holocaust

May 05, 2016

This piece was originally posted on Secretary Pritzker's Medium channel.
Today we remember the unspeakable evil of the Holocaust — a horror that resulted in the murder of men, women, and children throughout Europe, including 6 million Jews, and millions of Roma and others. 6 million is an impossible number to comprehend. We try to intellectualize the quantity, but we cannot begin to grasp the breadth of humanity behind that figure.

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Three Big Reasons You Should be Fired Up About Today's Announcement to Protect Consumers

May 05, 2016

 

Mandatory arbitration. Just seeing those words can make your eyes glaze over, but what you might not realize is – that’s kind of the point. This tiny phrase, buried in the fine print of hundreds of millions of contracts, is having real consequences on millions of Americans. But the companies who use it have been counting on the fact that it’s just too boring for you to notice. 

Not anymore.

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Stand Out From Big Businesses

May 05, 2016

As we celebrate National Small Business Week, the strength of America’s small businesses is at the top of our minds. Small businesses are essential to our communities and help to foster innovation...

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President Obama in Flint: "It's Not Enough Just to Fix the Water"

May 04, 2016

President Barack Obama sips filtered water from Flint following a roundtable on the Flint water crisis at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016.in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

President Obama traveled to Flint, Michigan to hear firsthand from the residents whose lives have been affected by the public health crisis and deliver this message to the Flint community: "I've got your back."

"I will not rest...until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and cook with"

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Women Entrepreneurs are Becoming America’s MVPs

May 04, 2016

As a nine-year-old, problem solving for me took the form of imitating my baseball idols Mark Grace, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs. Watching a Little League game, I realized...

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New SBA FY15 Scorecard Shows Federal Agencies Shine with Small Business Contracting

May 04, 2016

Each year, the United States government spends nearly half a trillion dollars on goods and services, making it the largest consumer of goods and services in the world. By statute, it must ensure...

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I’m a Veteran and I’ve Waited Over 10 Years for Disability Benefits

May 04, 2016

Leonard is one of 440,000 veterans who are waiting on decisions on their VA benefits claims. Right now, the VA appeals process is failing veterans, creating years and years of duplicative review that sets veterans back to square one each time new information is added.

Get the details on how the White House is working with the VA and veterans service organizations to fix the process and shorten wait times for veterans.

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Why President Obama’s Trade Deal Matters to U.S. National Security

May 04, 2016

"When fewer people suffer in poverty, when our trading partners flourish and when we bind our economy closer to others in a strategically important region, America is both stronger and safer. But none of this will happen if the TPP doesn’t become a reality. That’s because the Asia-Pacific region will continue its economic integration, with or without the United States. We can lead that process, or we can sit on the sidelines and watch prosperity pass us by."

President Obama

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On the Ground in Flint: How We're Partnering with the Community

May 04, 2016

President Obama will speak to community members in Flint at 4:00 pm ET. Watch here.

Five generations of my family have called Flint, Michigan home. We’re Flintstones. We work hard and we are some of the best and strongest people you will meet. I was born here, spent the first part of my childhood here and still have many friends and relatives who reside in the city. To me, Flint is more than just a popular news headline about a city coping with contaminated water. It is a community that I cherish, populated with people I love.

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