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5 Things You Need to Know About Alaska's Bristol Bay

December 16, 2014

President Obama just took action to protect one of Alaska's most powerful economic engines and one of America’s greatest national treasures: Bristol Bay.
Today, he signed a Presidential Memorandum that withdraws these beautiful and pristine waters from all future oil and gas drilling. "These waters are too special and too valuable to auction off to the highest bidder," the President said.
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Challenging Mission, Strong Team

December 16, 2014

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

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Presidential Task Force Issues Recommendations to Level Playing Field for U.S. Fishermen

December 16, 2014

Earlier today, the U.S. government took additional steps to
level the playing field for legitimate U.S. fishermen, and ensure the vitality
of marine fish stocks. The Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and
Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the Departments of
State and Commerce, released 15 recommendations to combat IUU fishing and
seafood fraud and increase consumer confidence in the sustainability of seafood
sold in the U.S. 

The recommendations released today include:

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Tech Week 2014: Optimizing Patent Examiner Training through Volunteer Experts

December 16, 2014

The first week in December, the United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) held Tech Week, an opportunity for representatives
from corporations, universities, and other organizations to showcase
innovations in their field for its patent examiners. Such training, part of its
Patent Examiner Technical Training Program, (PETTP) helps ensure patent examiners
truly understand the state of the art in the technologies and disciplines in
which they consider granting patents.  The technologists, scientists, engineers, and other

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New Recommendations to End Pirate Fishing and Seafood Fraud

December 16, 2014

Seafood fraud can happen at any point in the supply chain, undermining law-abiding fishers and misleading consumers. (Photo credit: NOAA)

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The Faces of Health Care: Lynnette J.

December 16, 2014

"When I opened the envelope containing my insurance card, I got a bit teary eyed. Thank you a million times."

Lynette J. is a small business owner from Hyattsville, Maryland. Her business has been open for more than seven years, she's 34 years old, and at the time she wrote the President this past August, she was about to make her first doctor's appointment in more than five years. That's because she's now covered thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
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The Economy in 2014

December 16, 2014

The U.S. economic recovery took a major step forward in 2014, achieving a number of important milestones. American businesses set a new record for the most consecutive months of job growth: now 57 straight months and counting. By November, the economy had already added more jobs than in any full calendar year since the 1990s. And crucially, the pickup in job growth during 2014 occurred primarily in higher-paying industries, while nearly all of the employment gains have been in full-time positions.

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Franchise Businesses: Online Security Matters

December 16, 2014

Like you don’t have enough to worry about when you’re setting up your franchise business.
There are many things you’ll need to do before you can open your doors before...

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First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the Holidays with the Children's National Medical Center

December 15, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama reads '' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" during a Christmas holiday program at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014. The First Lady is seated with Elves Aaron Irby (age 9), and Kyra DeStefano (age 10), right, and Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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The Nation's Doctor: Dr. Vivek Murthy Is Confirmed as Surgeon General

December 15, 2014

The Surgeon General is America's doctor, responsible for providing Americans with the best scientific information on how to improve our collective well-being. Now, Dr. Vivek Murthy will be the next physician to don the lab coat of the Surgeon General after the Senate confirmed his nomination today. 

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