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Why President Obama’s Trade Deal Matters to U.S. National Security

May 04, 2016

"When fewer people suffer in poverty, when our trading partners flourish and when we bind our economy closer to others in a strategically important region, America is both stronger and safer. But none of this will happen if the TPP doesn’t become a reality. That’s because the Asia-Pacific region will continue its economic integration, with or without the United States. We can lead that process, or we can sit on the sidelines and watch prosperity pass us by."

President Obama

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On the Ground in Flint: How We're Partnering with the Community

May 04, 2016

President Obama will speak to community members in Flint at 4:00 pm ET. Watch here.

Five generations of my family have called Flint, Michigan home. We’re Flintstones. We work hard and we are some of the best and strongest people you will meet. I was born here, spent the first part of my childhood here and still have many friends and relatives who reside in the city. To me, Flint is more than just a popular news headline about a city coping with contaminated water. It is a community that I cherish, populated with people I love.

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President Obama to Local News Reporters: Give Supreme Court Nominee Judge Garland a Vote

May 03, 2016

Since 1975, the average time it has taken the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee is 67 days. It has been 48 days since the President nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland, and Senate Republicans have refused to even hold a hearing to review Judge Garland's credentials to serve on the High Court.

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Former Teacher: Thanks to President Obama, Public Education Is Back on the Right Path

May 03, 2016

As a child of a struggling family, I lived in 32 houses and attended 12 schools. The two constants in my life were the public schools and libraries.

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Thank You, Teachers

May 03, 2016

This blog is crossposted from LinkedIn.

Dear Teachers, 

This week, our nation recognizes and honors you for your tireless efforts on behalf of our students, everywhere from small towns and suburbs, to rural communities and Tribal lands, to big cities. Teachers have one of the most challenging and fulfilling jobs—literally shaping and changing lives. Especially during Teacher Appreciation Week, we celebrate and thank you for the vital role that you play in supporting students and strengthening the future of our nation.

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World Trade Month: The Importance of Global Trade

May 03, 2016

Every year, World Trade Month—designated for the month of May—gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the importance of global trade, and look back at the economic advancements we have made as a result. This World Trade Month, we can look back and appreciate the success we have accomplished.

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Spurring Innovation Across Every Community in America

May 03, 2016

At the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), one of our top priorities is advancing the President’s commitment to providing talented entrepreneurs in underserved communities with the opportunity to put their dreams into action. Entrepreneurship and innovation are essential drivers of our nation’s economic prosperity.

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What the Promise of Education Did for Me:

May 03, 2016

Today, during Teacher Appreciation Week, President Obama is welcoming the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes and some of the nation's top educators to the White House to honor their public service. Watch his remarks at 4:30 pm ET:

Before today's ceremony, Jahana Hayes sent this message to the White House email list. Didn't get the email? Sign up for updates here.

As a country, we need to ensure that the quality of a child’s education is not dependent on the neighborhood where he or she grew up.

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The Weight of One Mission: Recounting the Death of Usama bin Laden, Five Years Later

May 02, 2016

It’s a scene you never forget. The intensity. The focus. 

The stillness of a room. The weight of one mission.

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MBDA Policy Roundtable at Hannover Messe Explores Changing Demographics and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

May 02, 2016

Cross-blog post by Gabriela Morales-Richards, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Development Specialist 
Last week at Hannover Messe, the largest industrial trade fair in the world, we see abundant evidence that global business is booming. The fair features more than 6,500 exhibitors, and draws 250,000 visitors to explore innovations in energy, digital factory, industrial automation, industrial supply, and research and technology from leading companies. For the first time since the fair’s founding in 1947, the United States was the official partner country.

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