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Asked and Answered: President Obama's 2016 NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets

March 16, 2016

Happy March Madness! As teams from across the country get their dancing shoes ready, President Obama sat down with ESPN’s Andy Katz to discuss his picks for the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Nicknamed “Barack-etology,” filling out brackets for both the men's and women’s tournament has become an annual tradition at the White House. 

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Email from President Obama: "I've Made My Decision"

March 16, 2016

This morning, President Obama sent the following message to the White House email list, asking Americans to tune in at 11:00am ET when he will announce his Supreme Court nominee. Tune in here to watch his announcement in the Rose Garden. And if you didn't get the President's message, sign up for email updates here. 

Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

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Answers to Your Top Questions on Substance Use Disorders

March 15, 2016

A few weeks ago, I joined in a Facebook chat with The Addict's Mom, an online community of mothers with children and family members suffering from substance use disorders. It was a privilege for me to listen to their experiences and help provide answers on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in this country.

I couldn't respond to all of the questions asked in the chat, but as promised, my team and I put together answers for some of the most-asked questions. Take a look, and share if you know any friends or family who might have similar questions.

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Engaging with Government Online: Families of Victims of Opioid Abuse

March 15, 2016

On the internet, the White House strives to meet people where they are – bringing the Administration's voices to the digital services and platforms that Americans use every day. We use these tools to share real-time updates, engage with people on the issues that matter to them, and also to listen to and answer questions from the people we serve.

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Updated FTA Tariff Tool Helps U.S. Exporters Calculate Tariff Benefits and Make Business Decisions under TPP

March 15, 2016

With the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool in 2011, the International Trade Administration (ITA) created a free, online mechanism to enable U.S. businesses to quickly and easily calculate the tariff benefits on their exports to U.S. free trade agreement partner countries. ITA has now expanded that tool to include the latest tariff information for the 11 countries that recently signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

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3 Things You Mustn’t Do When Buying A Franchise

March 15, 2016

Sometimes I feel that I fall short in my quest to save you from potentially experiencing financial pain with regards to franchise ownership.
I’ve been writing a...

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#Bam4Ham: Hamilton at the White House

March 14, 2016

President Barack Obama makes closing remarks following a performance of musical selections from "Hamilton" in the East Room of the White House, March 14, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, the "world turned upside down" in the White House. The President and First Lady welcomed the cast of Broadway's Hamilton to the White House to host a day full of student workshops, Q&A, and performances, continuing their ongoing effort to highlight all different kinds of American art.

 

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Flint is Open for Business

March 14, 2016

Editor's note: This blog first appeared on LinkedIn. 
By now, the entire nation knows about...

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Spotlight on Commerce: Brandi Tolliver, Academic Affairs Program Manager, Office of International and Academic Affairs, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

March 14, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Brandi Tolliver, Academic Affairs Program Manager, Office of International and Academic Affairs, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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My First Year as Chief Data Officer

March 14, 2016

This week marks my first anniversary as the US Commerce Department’s first-ever Chief Data Officer. This past year was challenging.  But it was also an incredible opportunity to stand in the pilot-house of “America’s Data Agency” and chart a new course that strengthened the agency’s hugely important operations.  As I reflect on the past year, I want to share a personal reflection on the major roadblocks, lessons and accomplishments we’ve experienced.

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