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American Companies, Indian Infrastructure and a USG-India Smart Cities Trade Mission

Wed, 2015-09-23 10:19

On Monday, as part of the inaugural U.S. – India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, U.S. Department of Commerce’s Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews spoke at a high-level U.S.-India Infrastructure Roundtable. Hosted by the International Trade Administration (ITA), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and 32 Advisors, the unique roundtable  focused on challenges and solutions to increasing infrastructure investment in India and opportunities for U.S.

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Unprecedented Collaboration to Save Sage-Grouse is the Largest Wildlife Conservation Effort in U.S.

Tue, 2015-09-22 14:27

A male greater sage grouse struts at a lek, near Bridgeport, CA to attract a mate. Photo by Jeannie Stafford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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New Data Show Slow Health Care Cost Growth is Continuing

Tue, 2015-09-22 13:09

New data released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation show that premium growth in employer-sponsored coverage remained slow in 2015, extending the recent streak of unusually slow growth. Taken together with estimates of current trends in Medicare spending released this summer, these data suggest that underlying growth in per-enrollee health care costs remains low, even as the dramatic expansion in coverage since early 2014 drives a temporary uptick in the growth of aggregate health care spending.

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Email from Janelle Monáe: "More Important than a Selfie"

Tue, 2015-09-22 12:25

This morning, artist Janelle Monáe sent the following message to the White House email list. Raise your voice with Janelle, and celebrate National Voter Registration Day by registering to vote at

There was once a time when young African-American women like myself did not get the opportunity to vote. They simply could not.

I think about that every time I go to the polls to exercise that fundamental right -- not just to honor those who fought so I could have it, but because, simply put, I know that this is an essential part of our democracy.

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Helping U.S. Businesses Become Successful in Energy Markets

Tue, 2015-09-22 10:32

Guest blog post by Andrew Bennett, Senior International Trade Specialist and Renewable Energy Analyst for the International Trade Administration.

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10 Quick Tips on Business Plan Summaries

Tue, 2015-09-22 05:00

In this instant-update world we live in, life in 140-character bursts, it’s just a fact of modern life: you have to communicate faster. The whole world has attention deficit syndrome. So that’s as...

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Strengthening Our Digital Infrastructure Is Key to America’s Path Forward

Mon, 2015-09-21 16:05

For our country to take full advantage of the promises of innovation, America’s path forward must ensure our people and ideas can move at the rapid pace of the 21st century. At a time when technological innovation and economic growth go hand-in-hand, our digital infrastructure is central to our competitiveness.

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Delivering on Broadband Opportunity:

Mon, 2015-09-21 14:48

Internet Adoption in United States by County, 2013

Over the past six years, under President Obama’s leadership the United States has expanded broadband access, bringing millions of people online and creating significant new economic, educational and social opportunities.


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On the Passing of White House Staffer Jake Brewer:

Sun, 2015-09-20 17:11

We are grieving over the loss of our friend and teammate Jake Brewer.

Throughout his life, Jake dedicated his creativity, brilliance, enthusiastic optimism and actions to helping others. He believed that public service could not only improve people's lives but also change for the better our very notion of the good that our government can deliver: a nation of the people, for the people, by the people which brings the best of our country to bear – collaborating together on our toughest challenges using our best approaches.

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Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress To Pass a Responsible Budget

Sat, 2015-09-19 06:00

In this week's address, the President discussed the significant progress we have made in our economy since the financial crisis seven years ago this week, and the steps we can take to build on that momentum and strengthen the economy for the long term.  Thanks to the hard work and resilience of folks around the country, our businesses have created over 13 million jobs over the past 66 straight months, housing is bouncing back, manufacturing is growing again, and the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in over seven years.  We’ve come a long way from the darkest days of the financ

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