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Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship Tory Burch to Travel to South Korea

July 01, 2015

As the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and the Administration’s point person on entrepreneurship, one of the best parts of my job is meeting some of the world’s most promising entrepreneurs. From Silicon Valley to Saudi Arabia, I have met with the inspiring men and women who are working to become the  next generation of innovators. I have learned from them about the importance of creating mentorship opportunities and fostering global connections.  Thanks to technology, a new business can be global from the moment it starts.

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President Obama Announces that the U.S. Will Reopen Our Embassy in Cuba

July 01, 2015

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement on Cuba in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 1, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

"The progress that we mark today is yet another demonstration that we don't have to be imprisoned by the past. When something isn't working, we can and will change."
-- President Obama

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The Letter the President Carried:

July 01, 2015

Today at 2:30 pm ET in Nashville, TN, President Obama is participating in a discussion on how we can build on the progress we've made under the Affordable Care Act. Watch live:

A letter from Natoma Canfield, a woman from Ohio that President Barack Obama met who didn’t have health insurance, hangs on the wall in the hall between the Oval Office and the President's Private Office in the West Wing.

June 28, 2012.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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See the First White House Tour Photos Taken in More than 40 Years:

July 01, 2015

I run the White House Visitors' Office, and I wanted to share a big change the President and First Lady just made to the White House visitors photo policy:
The longstanding ban on photography in the White House -- in place for more than 40 years -- is being lifted. Watch the First Lady share why they did this:

So starting today, guests at the White House are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime.

We're posting our favorites all day right here. 

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of the Fourth of July

July 01, 2015

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues across the country.
Following are key statistics the U.S. Census Bureau compiled in honor of the Fourth of July:
2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
321.2 million

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights Importance of U.S.-Brazil Economic and Commercial Relationship During President Dilma Rousseff’s Washington, D.C. Visit

June 30, 2015

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discussed the importance of deepening trade relations between the United States and Brazil at the Brazil-U.S. Business Summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The event, which took place during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to D.C., highlighted the shared commitment of the United States and Brazil to work together to grow trade and investment between our two countries.
 

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Chart of the Week: What Is the Export-Import Bank and Why Should You Care?

June 30, 2015

Tonight at midnight, America’s Export-Import Bank will shut its doors because, after 81 years, Congress has failed to reauthorize it for the first time in history. 
So what is the Export-Import Bank?
It’s an independent federal agency with one simple mission: support American jobs by helping businesses sell their products abroad. The majority of these companies are small businesses – the engine of our economy – and helping them go global plays a critical role in strengthening our country’s economy. 

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This Day in History: National Organization for Women was Founded

June 30, 2015

“We, men and women who hereby constitute ourselves as the National Organization for Women, believe that the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders.”
—National Organization for Women’s 1966 Statement of Purpose

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What You're Saying About the Overtime Rule:

June 30, 2015

In a Huffington Post op-ed, President Obama announced a plan to extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers in 2016.  
A hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. That's why I'm announcing my plan to extend overtime protections. https://t.co/MrV56vTNa9
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 30, 2015
Check out a fact sheet about the announcement to learn more. 
The proposed overtime rule has people talking. Here’s what they have to say:
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On June 30, World to Add its 26th Leap Second Since 1972

June 30, 2015

For the great majority of human history, the earth's rotation—the apparent motion of the sun and stars across the sky—kept time far more precisely than any human-made clock. But the invention of super-accurate atomic clocks more than 60 years ago demonstrated that the earth's rotation rate is, in fact, changing by tiny amounts every day.

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