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Celebrating World Oceans Day: Get Involved in Keepin' the Sea Free of Debris

June 08, 2016

Happy World Ocean Day to one and all! On this day each year, we take some time to celebrate our ocean and all that it does for us. From the food we eat to the air we breathe, we are all connected to the ocean, which is reflected in this year’s theme: “healthy oceans, healthy planet.” Unfortunately, there is a substantial threat to the health of our ocean: marine debris. Huge amounts of debris enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the ocean today.

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A Cooking Revolution: How Clean Energy and Cookstoves Are Saving Lives

June 07, 2016

Cooking: it’s a simple act that has brought families around the world together for thousands and thousands of years.

Chef José Andrés in Haiti

As a chef, I can think of few things more beautiful than that. However, I also know how deadly such a simple act can be — not only to our health, but to our environment.

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Email from First Lady Michelle Obama: Together, We Are Stronger

June 07, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama wrote the message below to the White House email list to show how people can get involved with the United State of Women Summit on June 14, 2016. Didn't get the message? Sign up for updates here.

Back when I was a girl, I had all kinds of big dreams for myself. But by the time I started school, I began encountering folks who seemed to doubt my ability to reach my goals:

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Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis: What You Need to Know

June 07, 2016

Congress should enact comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis by July 1st.  

H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), has already been passed through the House Natural Resources Committee on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis. Doing nothing would consign Puerto Rico to a chaotic, disorderly downward spiral that risks a worsening humanitarian crisis.

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Stay Safe This Summer!

June 07, 2016

The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Blog
Summer means vacation, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun! It’s a time when families hit the road to visit national parks or distant relatives. The warm months and long days mean that there is plenty of time for baseball games and barbecues. The sultry temperatures practically invite you to take a dip in the pool or ocean.

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Three Reminders for Business Owners Who Hate Selling

June 07, 2016

You started a small business knowing you’d make most of your revenue by selling your products or services. But you say to friends, “I hate selling. I’m not a good salesperson.”
So, what are...

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Real Change Starts from the Ground Up

June 06, 2016

My journey to the White House began as a community organizer in a poor neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, working with people to help improve their lives.

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SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: The U.S. Government Pavilion

June 06, 2016

The following is a cross-post from the International Trade Administration's Tradeology Blog
Guest blog post by Felicia Pullam, Director of Outreach for SelectUSA

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The Story of President Obama and Army Ranger Cory Remsburg

June 06, 2016

Today is the seventh anniversary of of the first time President Obama met with Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg. Read the President's reflection on what Cory has taught him over the years -- and watch the video to see what happened the last time they met.

Seven years ago today, while honoring the heroes of D-Day, I met a young Army Ranger, Cory Remsburg.

Eight months later, I walked into a hospital room at Bethesda to visit a grievously wounded soldier. It was Cory, and he had been nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

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The Private Sector Is Stepping Up to Combat the Zika Virus—Congress Should Too

June 06, 2016

Imagine this: You're standing by a lake and you see someone drowning. You have the ability to save that person, but your hands are tied. 

Doctors who have spent the past three decades working in CDC’s birth defects center tell me that they have never seen a situation so urgent. The ability to prevent dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of severe birth defects creates a special responsibility – every child protected is a tragedy prevented.

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