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Moving Forward on International Regulatory Cooperation

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:01

As part of President Obama’s effort to achieve smarter and more effective approaches to international regulation, today I am pleased to announce the release of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan. The Forward Plan represents a significant pivot point for our regulatory cooperation relationships with Canada, and outlines new federal agency-level partnership arrangements to help institutionalize the way our regulators work together. 

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Welcoming Investment from South America

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:59

Guest blog post by Deputy Executive Director, SelectUSA Aaron BrickmanNot only is South America the
birthplace of soccer greats and the location of natural wonders, it is also an
important and rapidly growing source of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the
United States. According to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic
Analysis (BEA), more than 85,000 men and women go to work each day at South
American companies operating in the United States.

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Profile America: Facts for Features - Labor Day 2014

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:39

Cross Post: U.S. Census BureauLabor Day 2014: Sept. 1The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a "working men's holiday" on one day or another.

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Earthquakes on Two Coasts

Fri, 2014-08-29 00:00

Businesses in Napa are assessing the damage caused by the August 24, 2014 earthquake.  The South Napa Earthquake shook the Northern California wine country at 3:20 a.m., causing damages to homes,...

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West Wing Week 08/29/14 or, "Choose the Harder Right Instead of the Easier Wrong"

Thu, 2014-08-28 18:24

This week, the White House honored two important anniversaries for women's rights and civil rights, and the President announced new actions to improve access to quality health care for veterans.

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President Obama Delivers an Update on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:53

President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House,

August 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Historic Forum Yields Significant Gains for Africa-U.S. Business Ties

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:38

Guest blog post by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. SeligEarlier
this month, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies
co-hosted an event showing that
Africa is one of the world’s next great sources of economic growth.

The first-ever U.S.-Africa Business
Forum brought together American and African business leaders with the heads of
nearly 50 African nations to exchange ideas and create partnerships that will
promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment.

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President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:30

President Obama today announced that he has asked U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President Todd Park to take on a new role for the Administration as a technology advisor based in Silicon Valley. Park will begin the new role in September after he and his family have returned home to California.

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Chart of the Week: Where We Stand on Equal Pay for Equal Work

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:27

Ninety-four years ago this week, American women officially won the right to vote when the United States certified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The fight to secure that intrinsic right took generations, and nearly 100 years later, women continue to face persistent inequality and discrimination.

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Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2014

Thu, 2014-08-28 09:30

Today’s revision affirms that economic growth in the second quarter was strong, consistent with the recent string of solid job growth and improvements in other economic indicators. But there's more work that needs to be done to build on this momentum. That is why the President continues to act on his own to facilitate investment in American manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure, as well as take steps to improve the financial security of working families.
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY'S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

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