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West Wing Week: 11/06/2015 or, "Top Prize!"

November 06, 2015

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the White House transformed into an Enchanted Forest for Halloween. The President traveled to Newark to discuss criminal justice reform, and he spoke at the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the First Lady traveled abroad to Qatar to support girls' education. That's October 30th to November 5th or, "Top Prize!"

Friday, October 30th

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What Environmental and Conservation Advocates Are Saying About TPP’s Environment Chapter

November 06, 2015

On October 5th, the twelve countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) concluded their talks and announced that a historic agreement had been reached. Today, the final text of the agreement, accompanied by comprehensive summaries of each chapter, is being made available at go.who.gov/TPPText. The agreement delivers on President Obama’s promise to negotiate the most high-standard trade agreement in history—one that reflects America’s values and creates new rules for the global trading system.

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Here's the deal: the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 06, 2015

Ed.: The following is crossposted from Medium. 

When we have a level playing field, Americans out-compete anyone in the world. That’s a fundamental truth about our country.

But right now, the rules of global trade put our workers, our businesses, and our values at a disadvantage.

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The Employment Situation in October

November 06, 2015

In October, the economy added jobs at the fastest pace so far this year as the unemployment rate declined to its lowest level since April 2008 and broader labor market indicators improved further. Wage growth picked up in October and wages have grown faster over the past twelve months than any other point in this recovery. Nevertheless, we need to take steps to contribute to further job creation and a faster pace of wage growth. Last week’s bipartisan budget agreement will take an important step toward making long-term investments that will add jobs and boost wages.

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The First Lady’s Travel Diary: The World Innovation Summit for Education

November 06, 2015

This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to Qatar with middle school and high school students in the U.S. You can read it on Medium here. 

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The Path Forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 05, 2015

Ed. note: This is a crosspost from USTR.gov.

Today, the Obama Administration released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated by the United States and 11 partner countries across the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a historic agreement, and releasing it to the public is an important milestone; but it is also just one step in an extensive process of consultation and consideration provided for by the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) — bipartisan legislation that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law this year.

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Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Export Controls

November 05, 2015

This week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressed more than 1100 industry representatives during the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) annual conference to discuss export control policies and highlight how, BIS has an enormous impact on the nation’s safety and competitiveness. 
As we celebrate American innovation during National Entrepreneurship Month, entrepreneurs launching new businesses or looking to export can look to BIS as a resource and learn how export control laws may be relevant to their operations.

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U.S. EDA: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation Across Every Community in America

November 05, 2015

Entrepreneurship is a driving force in the new economy. While debates continue around whether entrepreneurs are born or can be created, one thing is clear: people learn a great deal from the experiences of others. Entrepreneurs especially learn a great deal “on the job” and often find inspiration and mentorship from those who have “been there, done that.”

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Communities That Work Partnership - "Leveraging the Lens of Industry in Workforce Development"

November 05, 2015

Guest blog post by Dennis Elsenbeck, Regional Director, National Grid
In early 2015, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP), western NY’s largest business advocacy group, asked me to consider taking part in a “learning network” project.   The BNP, with the help of the Buffalo Community Foundation, would be applying and competing with other communities to be a part of this "learning network" focused on workforce initiatives.

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Watch and Engage: The White House Tribal Nations Conference and Youth Town Hall

November 05, 2015

Today, the White House is bringing together tribal leaders from the 567 federally-recognized tribes to participate in the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The Conference continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives, with an emphasis on increasing opportunity for Native youth.

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