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President Obama's Iran Deal Speech Echoes John F. Kennedy

Thu, 2015-08-06 09:00


Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the Iran deal at American University's School of International Service.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy also delivered a historic foreign policy speech at American University. Just eight months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy had boldly entered into a diplomatic agreement with an adversary of the United States -- the Soviet Union. He faced criticism at home for choosing to pursue a peaceful weapons agreement with a country no one trusted.

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U.S.-Africa Business Forum Still Paying Dividends One Year Later

Wed, 2015-08-05 18:40

One year ago, the Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum. This forum brought together leaders from more than 45 Sub-Saharan and North African nations to discuss regional economic, political and development issues, with the aim of forging deeper transatlantic ties and showcasing a new kind of partnership rooted in these shared interests.

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SBIR Agency Blog #6: Department of Energy

Wed, 2015-08-05 18:13

For small businesses that are new to federal funding, the process can at first appear overwhelming—there are new registrations required from multiple sources, the funding solicitations are very...

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The Department of Commerce is Open for Innovation

Wed, 2015-08-05 18:07

Guest blog post by Julie Lenzer Kirk, Director for the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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U.S. Takes New Steps to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Wed, 2015-08-05 10:00

The loss of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion has dominated recent news coverage. What has received less attention is that five elephants were killed in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya as well last week.
These incidents raise the question of how to best protect treasured wildlife. Poaching is a global problem and a focused effort is required to combat it, even when it's not in the headlines. And that's what we're committed to do.

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Urban Alliance Interns Reflect on Their Job Experiences at the USPTO

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:39

In a packed room of excited students and their proud mentors, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews addressed a group of high school students who successfully completed their Urban Alliance (UA) internships throughout Virginia. He spoke about his own introduction to the working world as a young man in Syracuse, N.Y., and the powerful lessons he learned from that experience. Andrews stated, “It is not where you start—it is where you finish.”  

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Secretary Pritzker Highlights Commerce Leadership and Partnership in Indian Country

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:14

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered a clear message to tribal leaders and youth in Michigan last week: keeping Indian Country “Open for Business” is a high priority for the Department of Commerce and the Obama Administration.
During her visit to the Upper Peninsula, Secretary Pritzker met with local Native American leaders and students to discuss how government can best empower tribes to chart their own economic futures.

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Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Spotlight at White House Today

Tue, 2015-08-04 15:43

Today, President Obama is hosting the White House’s first ever Demo Day, casting a spotlight on inclusive entrepreneurship and the importance of...

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Filling the Innovation Gap for Women’s Empowerment

Tue, 2015-08-04 14:28

Did you know that U.S. women create and control a vast and growing amount of wealth? Women control $11.2 trillion, or 39% of our nation’s $28.6 trillion investable assets. Every year, more and...

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Startup in a Day: Four Things You Should Know

Tue, 2015-08-04 13:58

Today, as part of White House Demo Day, we’re excited to announce the 25 cities and two Native American communities who won the Small Business Administration (SBA) Startup in a Day competition launched in June.

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