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Take the Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Holidays at the White House?

Thu, 2014-12-11 18:53

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take part in the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Dec. 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Throughout our history here at the White House, Presidents and First Families have joined people from across the country to celebrate the joyous holiday season.
Take our quiz to find out how much you know about the holiday season at the White House. After, head to to learn more about what's new this year.

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The President Meets with His Export Council, Announces Nearly $400 Million to Improve U.S. Competitiveness

Thu, 2014-12-11 17:21

President Barack Obama meets with the President’s Export Council in Room 350 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Dec. 11, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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USPTO Open Data Roundtable – An Awesome Beginning

Thu, 2014-12-11 16:47

Guest blog post by Thomas Beach, Senior Advisor in the
Office of the Under Secretary and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and
Scott Beliveau, Open Data Team Lead, U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeNobody doubts the value of data today, and the Obama Administration
has taken many important steps towards making government data more open and
accessible to the public. As Secretary Pritzker likes to remind us, the
Department of Commerce is “America’s Data Agency,” and has a unique and central
role in that transformation.   Although

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The Untold Stories of Women in Science and Technology: Let's Write Them Permanently into History

Thu, 2014-12-11 16:26

A painting of an elegantly dressed woman named Lady Ada Lovelace hangs on the wall at the U.K. Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.
She's considered to be the world's first programmer -- but most people have never heard of her.
Ada Lovelace's experience remains all too familiar: So many of the breakthrough contributions of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields continue to go untold, too often fading into obscurity.

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Staff-Led Groups Create Change Within the International Trade Administration

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:35

This year, the International Trade Administration’s Industry and Analysis (I&A) team launched the “Renaissance Project.” The initiative aims to create a system of turning ideas into actions, and it has helped increase our team’s productivity and boost morale.Through the project, we challenged a series of staff working groups to develop ideas to not only make I&A a better place to work, but also come up with tangible, actionable steps to put those ideas into motion.Every three to four months, a new group of interested volunteers discussed a particular theme, and then identified the c

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Excerpts from President Obama's Telemundo and Univision Interviews

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:04

President Barack Obama participates in an interview on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo at the Casa Azafrán community center in Nashville, Tenn.

December 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Secretary Pritzker Visits Montgomery College to Discuss Importance of Training America’s Workforce

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:36

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez visited Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland, which recently received a federal grant to lead a consortium of 14 Maryland community colleges, in partnership with 37 employers, to build career pathways for cybersecurity and information technology jobs. The $15 million dollar Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant is one of 70 awards – totaling $450 million – that the Department of Labor announced in September.

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U.S.-China Relations: Great for TV, but Greater for the U.S. Economy

Thu, 2014-12-11 09:40

Frank Underwood doesn’t understand the purpose of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).Maybe you know of Frank Underwood, the main character on the show House of Cards, played by Kevin Spacey. If so, you may remember how he conspired with colleagues in the White House and State Department to orchestrate a trade war with China. How did he do it? Through the JCCT negotiations. While Mr.

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Everything You Need to Know (Taxwise) About Year-End Bonuses

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00

If your business can afford it and you want to reward employees, year-end cash bonuses may be the way to go. In providing this additional compensation, understand what it means from a tax...

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Invest in US: President Obama Convenes the White House Summit on Early Education

Wed, 2014-12-10 19:02

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"What makes America exceptional isn't just the size of our economy or our influence around the globe. [It's] the promise we make to our children; the idea that no matter who they are, what they look like, where they start, how much their parents earn, they can make it if they try. It’s the essential promise of America -- that where you start should not and will not determine how far you can go."
-- President Obama, December 10, 2014

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