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Secretary Pritzker Stresses Importance of Public Service with Commerce Department Interns

July 27, 2016

As many college students prepare to head back to school, interns at the U.S. Department of Commerce had a unique opportunity to hear from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Earlier this week, Secretary Pritzker hosted an armchair discussion alongside former intern and current Confidential Assistant to the Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Rory Slatko.

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Why I’m Here: The Importance of the U.S. — China Relationship

July 26, 2016

Ed. note: This post was originally published on Medium.

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Supporting Americans With Disabilities

July 26, 2016

An interpreter signs in the foreground while President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks during a reception for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the East Room of the White House, July 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a comprehensive piece of legislation signed by President George H.W. Bush that has paved the way for the over 50 million Americans with disabilities. 

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5 Things Business Owners do Better with Lean Business Planning

July 26, 2016

Don’t think of a business plan as a formal document that’s hard to do, useful only for startups, bank loan applications, and seeking investment. Think of it as a lean plan that’s just lists and...

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7 Facts About the Minimum Wage

July 25, 2016

Ed. note: This blog post was originally published on the U.S. Department of Labor blog.

Sunday, July 24, marks seven years since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. Here are seven things you might not know about it:

1. It doesn’t go nearly as far today.

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President Obama on the U.S. - Mexico Relationship

July 25, 2016

President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico walk through the Blue Room before a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, July 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Weekly Address: Protecting the Progress We’ve Made with Wall Street Reform

July 23, 2016

In this week's address, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined President Obama to discuss how far we've come since the financial crisis, when the recklessness of Wall Street caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, homes, and savings. Senator Warren underscored the importance of the Wall Street reforms the President signed into law, which included the strongest consumer protections in generations.

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NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler Has New Command, but Continues Important Mission

July 22, 2016

On Thursday, July 21, exactly 209 years to the day that President Thomas Jefferson approved Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler’s plan to conduct a survey of our new nation’s coastlines, Secretary Pritzker became the first sitting Secretary of Commerce to attend a NOAA change-of-command ceremony for Ferdinand’s namesake ship in Norfolk, Virginia. During the ceremony she thanked Lt. Cmdr. Welton for her work as the NOAA ship Ferdinand R. Hassler’s commanding officer and congratulated her on becoming the Chief of the Atlantic Hydrographic Branch. She also praised the work of Lt. Cmdr.

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Secretary Penny Pritzker Tours FedEx Global Hub

July 22, 2016

On the night of July 20, Secretary Penny Pritzker toured the FedEx Global Hub facilities in Memphis, Tennessee. While there, she observed the work of thousands of team members and learned about the technology and equipment used to manage facility operations.

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President Obama to Muslim Americans: "You're a Valued Part of the American Family"

July 21, 2016

President Barack Obama smells a rose given to him by Sophia Ahmadi, 2, as her parents, Zainab Ahmadi and Mohammad Ahmadi, look on during the Eid al-Fitr reception in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

For Muslims all over the world, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of a holy month of fasting and prayer. As President Obama said in his remarks:

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