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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics for St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2016

Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the President issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.
Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.

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Honoring Women in Public Service and Government

March 17, 2016

When I reflect on this year’s women’s history month theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” I am inspired by the women here at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) who have made vital contributions to public service, intellectual property, invention, and innovation. These are women such as Marilyn Ricks-Beach, who we have highlighted in our Women’s History month video, and who exemplifies dedication to federal service, having worked at the USPTO since 1980.

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What They're Saying about President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

March 17, 2016

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement announcing Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 16, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Asked and Answered: Sending Direct Mail to Cuba for the First Time in 50 Years

March 17, 2016

An American president has not traveled to Cuba in almost 90 years. But on March 20, President Obama will set foot on the island country that's only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The visit is a historic milestone after more than a year of progress from the day in December of 2014 when the President first announced he was abandoning a failed, Cold War-era approach to Cuba in favor of a new course to normalize relations.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks

March 16, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks
As Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I oversee all aspects of the Trademarks organization including policy, operations, and budget related to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance. 

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BEA Data Provide a Look into America’s Shopping Carts

March 16, 2016

America’s consumers spent more than $12 trillion last year on all kinds of stuff, including new cars, furniture, clothes, groceries, beauty products, electronics, visits to doctors and dentists, and tickets to sporting events and movies.

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Asked and Answered: President Obama's 2016 NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets

March 16, 2016

Happy March Madness! As teams from across the country get their dancing shoes ready, President Obama sat down with ESPN’s Andy Katz to discuss his picks for the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Nicknamed “Barack-etology,” filling out brackets for both the men's and women’s tournament has become an annual tradition at the White House. 

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Email from President Obama: "I've Made My Decision"

March 16, 2016

This morning, President Obama sent the following message to the White House email list, asking Americans to tune in at 11:00am ET when he will announce his Supreme Court nominee. Tune in here to watch his announcement in the Rose Garden. And if you didn't get the President's message, sign up for email updates here. 

Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

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Answers to Your Top Questions on Substance Use Disorders

March 15, 2016

A few weeks ago, I joined in a Facebook chat with The Addict's Mom, an online community of mothers with children and family members suffering from substance use disorders. It was a privilege for me to listen to their experiences and help provide answers on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in this country.

I couldn't respond to all of the questions asked in the chat, but as promised, my team and I put together answers for some of the most-asked questions. Take a look, and share if you know any friends or family who might have similar questions.

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Engaging with Government Online: Families of Victims of Opioid Abuse

March 15, 2016

On the internet, the White House strives to meet people where they are – bringing the Administration's voices to the digital services and platforms that Americans use every day. We use these tools to share real-time updates, engage with people on the issues that matter to them, and also to listen to and answer questions from the people we serve.

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