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The Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Agenda

November 09, 2015

The United States and the world are living through a remarkable economic and societal transformation, driven by technology. In this changing world, economic growth and competitiveness are increasingly tied to the digital economy, which is a key driver of jobs, business creation, and innovation. And today’s digital economy is where people all over the world share ideas, learn new skills, and gain access to the storehouse of human knowledge.

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President Obama: "Hello, Facebook!"

November 09, 2015

Today, President Obama launched his own Facebook page — a place for conversations with the American people about the most important issues facing our country. In his first post, the President invites you to join him for a walk on the South Lawn of the White House to discuss our efforts to combat climate change and his upcoming meeting with world leaders in Paris about global action to address this serious issue. Watch and share the video, then "like" the President's page on Facebook.

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Calling on Communities - We Challenge You to Get Covered

November 07, 2015

Today, the White House is launching the "Healthy Communities Challenge", calling on community leaders to reach out to the uninsured in their states to help them get covered under the Affordable Care Act.

As the Affordable Care Act has taken effect, 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage, and, since 2010, we’ve reduced the uninsured rate in this country by 45 percent.  The nation’s uninsured rate is now at its lowest level ever. 

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Weekly Address: If You Haven't Gotten Covered, Now's Your Chance

November 07, 2015

In this week's address, the President discussed the importance of reducing the number of people without health insurance. Because of the Affordable Care Act, more people now have the security of health insurance than ever before. As the law’s coverage provisions have taken effect, 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage, and the nation’s uninsured rate now stands at its lowest level ever. The ACA is working, making health care more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality for millions of people.

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Veteran-Owned Businesses Gain Tools to Succeed In the Corporate and Federal Supply Chain

November 06, 2015

During National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 2-6, veteran-owned small businesses have been able to expand their supply chain opportunities through SBA’s...

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West Wing Week: 11/06/2015 or, "Top Prize!"

November 06, 2015

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the White House transformed into an Enchanted Forest for Halloween. The President traveled to Newark to discuss criminal justice reform, and he spoke at the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the First Lady traveled abroad to Qatar to support girls' education. That's October 30th to November 5th or, "Top Prize!"

Friday, October 30th

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What Environmental and Conservation Advocates Are Saying About TPP’s Environment Chapter

November 06, 2015

On October 5th, the twelve countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) concluded their talks and announced that a historic agreement had been reached. Today, the final text of the agreement, accompanied by comprehensive summaries of each chapter, is being made available at go.who.gov/TPPText. The agreement delivers on President Obama’s promise to negotiate the most high-standard trade agreement in history—one that reflects America’s values and creates new rules for the global trading system.

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Here's the deal: the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 06, 2015

Ed.: The following is crossposted from Medium. 

When we have a level playing field, Americans out-compete anyone in the world. That’s a fundamental truth about our country.

But right now, the rules of global trade put our workers, our businesses, and our values at a disadvantage.

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The Employment Situation in October

November 06, 2015

In October, the economy added jobs at the fastest pace so far this year as the unemployment rate declined to its lowest level since April 2008 and broader labor market indicators improved further. Wage growth picked up in October and wages have grown faster over the past twelve months than any other point in this recovery. Nevertheless, we need to take steps to contribute to further job creation and a faster pace of wage growth. Last week’s bipartisan budget agreement will take an important step toward making long-term investments that will add jobs and boost wages.

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The First Lady’s Travel Diary: The World Innovation Summit for Education

November 06, 2015

This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to Qatar with middle school and high school students in the U.S. You can read it on Medium here. 

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