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Today Is Constitution Day. Here's What That Means:

Wed, 2014-09-17 13:46

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the Constitution at Philadelphia's Independence Hall. What exactly does that mean?
We've got the facts for you, courtesy of the Constitution page at

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Secretary Pritzker Says Increased Gender Diversity in Corporate Boardrooms is Vital to Economic Success

Wed, 2014-09-17 10:40

of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressed the urgent need to boost our companies’
economic competitiveness by bringing more women into corporate leadership at
the Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, hosted by the Johns Hopkins
University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

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Credit Unions Help Set the Stage for Greatest Generation's Encore Act

Wed, 2014-09-17 00:00

The need to earn income doesn’t go away for many Americans as they reach retirement age. Even with Social Security or pension income, bringing in a supplementary revenue stream can be a lifeline...

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A Major Increase in Our Response to the Ebola Outbreak

Tue, 2014-09-16 19:10

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This afternoon, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, President Obama spoke on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak.

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U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants

Tue, 2014-09-16 14:18

Today, fulfilling a commitment under the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration is announcing new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change.  Taken together, these commitments will reduce cumulative global consumption of HFCs by the equivalent of 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through 2025.

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We the Geeks: Miss America

Tue, 2014-09-16 13:53

All across the United States, there is living evidence that scientists and engineers are not the nerdy, all-male, lab-coat-wearing, wallflowers pictured in the history books but include the full diversity of the nation. Bringing these images out of the shadows will inspire further diversity in STEM fields, as young people see inspiration in their teachers, communities, and mentors. 

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Expanded 2014 Edison Scholars Program to Focus on Litigation Issues

Tue, 2014-09-16 12:15

Guest blog post by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee I’m delighted to welcome our 2014 Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars to the USPTO. The Edison Scholar program, which began in 2012, enlists the services of distinguished academic researchers to study intellectual property issues that further the USPTO’s mission and the public interest.

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New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come

Tue, 2014-09-16 11:19

New data out this morning from the National Center for Health Statistics show that health insurance coverage increased sharply in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting the significant progress made in expanding access to affordable insurance coverage during the first part of the Affordable Care Act’s inaugural open enrollment period.

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Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013

Tue, 2014-09-16 11:03

Today’s report from the Census Bureau shows that key indicators of poverty and family income improved in 2013. Moreover, there is reason to believe that this progress has continued into 2014, as the labor market has strengthened and millions have gained health insurance coverage. At the same time, the data also offer a clear illustration of the large amount of work that remains to strengthen the middle class in the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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Day at the Movies Inspires Business Incubator for Women

Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

Four years ago, after a marathon grant-writing session at University of California at San Diego, scientists Lada Rasochova and Rosibel Ochoa decided they needed a break and went to the movies....

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