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Follow Along: It's Back to the Future Day

October 21, 2015

It's an important day in American history (or, at least, in American cinematic history):

It's the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the "future" in Back to the Future Part II.

We've come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we're going to talk about where we're going in the next 30. 

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FLATE Helps Florida Make an Impact Locally and Lead Nationally in Manufacturing Day/Month Tours & Events

October 20, 2015

Guest blog post by Dr. Marilyn Barger, Principal Investigator & Executive Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE)

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The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden Congratulate the 2015 USO Honorees

October 20, 2015

Last night, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden welcomed the 2015 United Service Organization's (USO) Service Members of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, and their families to the Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory to thank them for their heroism and unending service. “No matter the challenge, all of you serve with honor, distinction, and resilience,” Dr. Biden said. “Because of that, we thank you.”

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In Netherlands, Deputy Secretary Andrews Reaffirms Importance of Open Transatlantic Digital Economy

October 20, 2015

Last week, U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews made his first official trip to the Netherlands. He discussed the mutual benefits of an even stronger transatlantic ecosystem amid the current digital revolution, which presents opportunities to deepen the already substantial economic partnership between the United States and the Netherlands.

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Email from Alvin Drew: "Seeing the stars"

October 20, 2015

Alvin Drew sent the following message to the White House email list, in celebration of White House Astronomy Night. Didn't get Alvin Drew's email? Sign up for email updates here.

Ever since I was a kid, I had my sights set on the stars.

And with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, I managed to reach my dream and see those stars up close during my travels into space as a mission specialist with NASA’s Astronaut Corps.

Every kid should get to experience the excitement of seeing the stars a little bit closer.

 

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3 Things To Look For In A Franchise

October 20, 2015

There are literally thousands of different franchise opportunities to choose from these days. For the novice franchise...

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Email from Jay Pharoah: "You better make room"

October 19, 2015

This morning, Jay Pharoah sent the following message to the White House email list, highlighting a new campaign from the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative. Didn't get Jay Pharoah's email? Sign up for email updates here.

I want to talk to you straight for a second.

Today, I'm joining FLOTUS -- yes, THE First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama -- to kick off #BetterMakeRoom, a campaign for her Reach Higher initiative.

Because, listen up adults, kids these days are ready to make their debut and make their mark on the world.

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Minority Businesses: An Engine of Growth for American Manufacturing

October 19, 2015

Minority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the ‘Made in America’ product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise.  Minority-owned manufacturing firms employ 342,000 workers and have recently grown faster than their non-minority counterparts in three areas—number of firms, employees and gross receipts.

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Weekly Address: Working for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform

October 17, 2015

In this week's address, the President highlighted the problems in our criminal justice system. Our country faces a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. There are 2.2 million people behind bars in America today, compared to 500,000 just 30 years ago. This topic isn’t new – the President has talked about the unfairness of much of the criminal justice system since his time in the Senate. And while we’ve taken steps to address this issue, members of both parties agree that we can do more.

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Looking to the Stars for Inspiration at White House Astronomy Night

October 16, 2015

During the first White House Astronomy Night in 2009, President Obama asked students, “What will your great discovery be?”

Inspiration can come from anywhere, but the mind truly expands when the eyes turn skyward and take in the vast expanse of stars and planets visible in the night sky. There was a time when setting foot on the moon was just a dream. Now, not only have we visited the moon, but we have sent robotic explorers to every other planet in our solar system – and Pluto – and are looking ahead to future missions sending American astronauts to Mars.

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