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New American Entrepreneurs are America’s Biggest Dreamers

May 06, 2016

I love to tell the story of Parag Mehta and Hitesh Kothari. Parag and Mehta are best friends who grew up together in Gujarat, India. They came to the United States in 1983 and, with the help of a...

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Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Addresses Technology Leaders on Revolutionizing Commerce Data

May 06, 2016

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews today addressed the 4th meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council at Google Headquarters in New York City. He commended the group on its success and outlined a vision to continue to make data more accessible and usable for the public. 
During his remarks, Deputy Secretary Andrews discussed the Department’s role as “America’s Data Agency,” and updated the council on several key Departmental data projects, including the Trade Data Project and the Data Usability Project.

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Commerce Secretary Pritzker Addresses Impact of TPP on Trade Relationships in the Western Hemisphere

May 06, 2016

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlighted the importance of trade relationships in the Western Hemisphere in an armchair discussion at the Council of the America’s 26th Annual Washington Conference.

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The Employment Situation in April

May 06, 2016

The longest streak of private-sector job growth on record continued in April, with businesses adding 171,000 jobs, well above the pace necessary to maintain a low and stable unemployment rate. U.S. businesses have now added 14.6 million jobs over 74 straight months of job growth. Most importantly, average hourly earnings for private employees have increased 3.2 percent at an annual rate so far in 2016.

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President Obama's Efforts on Financial Transparency and Anti-Corruption: What You Need to Know

May 06, 2016

.@POTUS just took a series of steps to combat money laundering, corruption, and tax evasion: https://t.co/vzff5yGpjT https://t.co/dyT4hEa4LV
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 6, 2016

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A Nation of Second Chances

May 05, 2016

President Barack Obama meets for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Earlier this spring, I met with a group of individuals whose sentences were commuted either by President Bush, President Clinton, or myself. They were all at different stages of a new chapter in their lives, but each of their stories was extraordinary.

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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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