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The First Lady Celebrates the Class of 2015

Tue, 2015-06-09 21:00

Tonight the First Lady delivered her final commencement address of the season at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) in Chicago, IL. In addition to this commencement, this spring Mrs. Obama celebrated the graduates at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL, and Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH as a way to shine a spotlight on students who have gone above and beyond to reach higher, and help others do the same.
Check out below for highlights of the First Lady’s 2015 commencements.
Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Alabama

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At the G7: President Obama’s Trip to Germany

Tue, 2015-06-09 19:17

(l-r) European Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wave while posing for a family picture at the Elmau Castle resort near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on June 7, 2015 during the G7 summit. Germany hosts a G7 summit at the Elmau Castle on June 7 and June 8, 2015.

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America's LGBT Ambassadors: Global Trade Will Lift Up LGBT Lives

Tue, 2015-06-09 17:30

Eight of the nation's most powerful LGBT leaders explain how proposed trade agreements will export our values of equality and tolerance. This letter was first posted on the Advocate.com. You can read the original post here. 

As Ambassadors, we are on the front lines representing the United States. We know firsthand that U.S. interests are best served when we pursue policies that also advance our values.
That’s why trade policy is among our most promising tools.

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Commerce Deputy Secretary Andrews Emphasizes Importance of Helping Small and Medium Size Businesses Expand to Asia-Pacific Region

Tue, 2015-06-09 16:29

Yesterday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews delivered the opening keynote address at the 2015 APEC SME Global Supply Chain Event co-hosted by the United States and the Philippines in Atlanta, Georgia. As the premier regional forum for advancing free trade and investment for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, APEC strives to strengthen the participation of small and medium size enterprises in regional and global markets and enhance sustainable, resilient economies.

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Export Success Series: Dominican Republic Exemplifies Diverse Exports

Tue, 2015-06-09 13:07

Successful partnerships between the Dominican Republic and small U.S. companies are thriving due to expanding export opportunities. The Commerce Department supports these opportunities by furthering the mission of the “Open for Business Agenda” through free trade agreements, conducting trade missions and traveling to key markets for bilateral negotiations on behalf of American business.  Later this month, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will visit Colombia and Brazil to continue to pursue more open markets within Latin America.

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Read the Original Letter Written by the Pennsylvania Woman Whose Story the President Told Today:

Tue, 2015-06-09 11:59

Today, speaking from the Catholic Health Association's annual assembly in Washington, D.C., President Obama outlined the state of health care in America, now that the Affordable Care Act has become part of the fabric of our health care system. In it, he told the story of Debra Lea Oren of Palmer, Pennsylvania. Debra, who suffers from osteoarthritis so severe it put her in a wheelchair, couldn't walk or stand for years. She was in constant pain.
Today, she's back on her feet. Here's why:

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Can You Guess What These Charts Are Telling You?

Tue, 2015-06-09 11:24

Love charts? We’ve pulled together a select batch of them and removed the titles and labels. 
See if you can guess the story each of them tells – then challenge your chart-loving friends to take it, too. We guarantee you’ll learn something that surprises you.

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What Am I: Can you guess what these charts are telling you?

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Who Said It? A Century of Attempts To Reform Our Health Care System:

Tue, 2015-06-09 11:19

For nearly 100 years, American presidents from both political parties tried to reform our health care system. On March 23, 2010, President Obama finally did by signing the Affordable Care Act into law, which has helped millions of Americans gain access to quality, affordable health coverage.
Take this quiz to test your knowledge about what past presidents have said about the need to fix our health care system. You might be surprised by some of the answers.

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Empowering Developing Nations to Boost Their Own Climate Resilience

Tue, 2015-06-09 09:45

Today, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the United States and partners from around the world are delivering on President Obama’s commitment to help empower developing nations to boost their own climate resilience.

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Looking Back @ the Women in Investing Roundtable - Amazing Conversation and More to Do

Tue, 2015-06-09 00:00

Editor's note: This blog was co-authored by Javier Saade and Nate Yohannes.
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