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The Economic Message of Last Night's State of the Union, in Three Images:

January 21, 2015

Here's a piece of the State of the Union process you might not have known about:
A couple hours before the President heads to the Capitol, we print out a "pocket card" for Members of Congress so they can get all the facts in one easy-to-read place. Staffers print out a big stack of the cards in the basement of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and send them over to Congress in a van.

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The Enhanced 2015 State of the Union: By the Numbers

January 21, 2015

Every year, we do everything we can to step up our game around the State of the Union, using new approaches to engage the public online in different and compelling ways. We want to give people a better way to understand the President’s policies and why they’re important to them and their communities. This year, the goal was no different, but we rolled out an exciting new a range of improved platforms, coordinating with the White House policy and speechwriting offices to build digital content into the speech itself. Find out more here.
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Big Block of Cheese Day: Answering the Nation's Questions

January 21, 2015

On February 22, 1837, President Andrew Jackson had a 1,400-pound block of cheese hauled into the main foyer of the White House for an open house with thousands of citizens and his staff, where they discussed the issues of the day while carving off slabs of cheddar. 
Here at the White House, we're dedicated to making President Obama's administration the most open and accessible in history. That's why, for the second year in a row, we thought it'd be a gouda idea to bring back this long-standing tradition.

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The Can't-Miss Moments from the 2015 State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Swiss Foreign Direct Investment Promotes Jobs in the United States

January 21, 2015

Cross-post by Suzan "Suzi" LeVine, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and LiechtensteinJobs, Jobs, and more Jobs. One role
that we, as diplomats, play is that of business development. Why? Because of
Shared Prosperity. Our economies are deeply intertwined so, a rising tide lifts
all boats. Especially with a theme of quality job creation in this year’s State
of the Union, we wanted to share the outcomes and opportunities from a meeting
that was all about growing investment and jobs in the United States. 

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Secretary Julián Castro to Answer Housing Questions in Live Fireside Chat

January 21, 2015

Ed Note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's blog, The HUDdle. You can read the original post here.

On Wednesday, January 21 at 9:15 a.m. ET, join Secretary Julián Castro and Zillow’s Chief Economist Stan Humphries for a live fireside chat at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
In a live-streamed event hosted by Zillow, Secretary Castro will respond to questions from the social media community using the #HousinginAmerica hashtag.
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SBA’s Community Initiatives Advance Economic Opportunity; Key SBA Programs Cited in New White House Report

January 21, 2015

The SBA’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which works to expand awareness, participation and success in America’s small business landscape for underserved communities, ended 2014...

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Don’t Qualify for Conventional Business Loan? Understand Your Options

January 21, 2015

If you’re looking to start or grow your business, unless you’re fortunate enough to have a reserve of savings or a benevolent angel investor, then you’re going to need a business loan.
So...

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Watch: President Obama's 2015 State of the Union

January 20, 2015

"A brighter future is ours to write. Let's begin this new chapter -- together -- and let's start the work right now."
Those were a few of President Obama's final words as he finished delivering his sixth State of the Union address moments ago.
He spoke not just about where we are as nation, but where we're going.
This is a speech you don't want to miss -- so if you didn't see it live, make sure you watch the full enhanced version now.

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Secretary Pritzker and Deputy Secretary Andrews Participate in MLK Day of Service

January 20, 2015

On Monday, Secretary Penny Pritzker participated in the
Project Management Day of Service ScopeAthon as part of the Martin Luther King
Day of service.

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