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whitehouse: Good news: President Obama just announced new commitments to cooperate with India on expanding clean energy and combating climate change.

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"Russia’s commitment to the Minsk agreements it signed will be assessed by its actions not its words. We call on Russia to end its support for separatists immediately, close the international border with Ukraine, and withdraw all weapons, fighters and financial backing. Otherwise, U.S. and international pressure on Russia and its proxies will only increase."  Secretary Kerry on the Attacks of Russia-Backed Separatists in Ukraine. 

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Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. Guest blog post by Jane Callen, Economics and Statistics Administration. In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas.  Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to ...

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usagov: Image description: Do you have questions about any of the topics President Obama talked about in his State of the Union address last night? You can ask them today! All day long, members of the Obama administration will be online to tackle your questions on the economy, foreign policy, immigration and many of the other issues the president talked about last night. You can ask your questions on social media using the hashtag #AskTheWH. Get more details on how to participate and find the schedule of events on WhiteHouse.gov.

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From the Archives: The Presidents deliver the State of the Union

whitehouse: 1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1950: President Harry Truman 1963: President John F. Kennedy 1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson 1970: President Richard Nixon 1977: President Gerald R. Ford 1978: President Jimmy Carter 1983: President Ronald Reagan 1991: President George H. W. Bush 1996: President Bill Clinton 2003: President George W. Bush 2013: President Barack Obama Tune in tonight at 9pm ET to watch the President deliver the 2015 State of the Union.

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“"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verbs agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love."” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A close-up of the ceiling frescoes in St. George Church - an early Christian rotunda considered the oldest building in Sofia, #Bulgaria. #SecKerry visited the site earlier today.

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#SecKerry and #Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif cross the Rhone river while taking a walk through #Geneva during a break in #IranNuclearTalks today. #Switzerland

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Secretary of State John Kerry visited the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. to sign the book of condolences for the attack in #Paris.

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3 Groundbreaking Mega-Trends on View at CES 2015

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Jesse M. Lapierre is the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. International CES 2015 represented the perfect nexus of American innovation and global participation, with over 160,000 visitors and 2 million square feet of the newest and most innovative products ...

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“The United States has lost a friend, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and the world has lost a revered leader.” - Secretary Kerry on the passing of King Abdullah, January 22, 2015

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2015 Will Be the Biggest Year Yet for International Opportunities for Regional Economic Development

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Guest blog post by JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President of Saginaw Future, Inc. and 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council 2015 is off to a great start for International Economic ...

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Doing Business in Burma – A Webinar Highlighting Key Opportunities and Challenges

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Eduard Roytberg is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Ontario, California, and a member of U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Asia Team. Geoffrey Parish is a Commercial Officer currently assigned to the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Boston, Massachusetts and is a member of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Asia Team. ...

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No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than..

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"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." — President Obama in the State of the Union, January 20, 2015

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Swiss Executives Announce $3 Billion Investment in the United States During Meeting with Secretary Pritzker

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, NEC Director Jeff Zients and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, hosted a delegation of Swiss business leaders, who are making significant U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. The ...

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“Today – just as we did five years ago – the U.S. stands firmly with the Haitian people in their efforts to forge a more prosperous, secure, and democratic future.” - Secretary Kerry on the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, January 9, 2014

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One Year Later, Look South Looking Brighter

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Joe Matthews recently completed an internship in the International Trade Administration’s Office for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy. As yet another polar vortex bears down on much of the United States, we in the trade community can still find some sunshine in the fresh trade ...

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Vice President Joe Biden will host the first-ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C., on January 26, 2015. The Vice President and Secretary of State John Kerry look forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination.http://go.usa.gov/SYd9

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Today, January 22, 2015, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana..

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"Today, January 22, 2015, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana to discuss the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. This first round of talks has been a positive and productive dialogue. We discussed in real and concrete terms the required steps for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. We discussed the opening of embassies in our respective countries, and how we expect the U.S. Embassy in Havana to operate." - Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson Read more on www.state.gov.

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#SecKerry and French Foreign Minister Fabius, joined by the U.S. Ambassador to #France, Jane Hartley, walk past flowers that have been left outside the #CharlieHebdo offices in #Paris.

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Greater Seattle: Marshaling Export Success for Future Gains in Direct Investment

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Stefan M. Selig is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. “Trade and investment is an expression of American greatness. It is not a threat to it.” That was one of the messages ‎I delivered today at the 43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference, held by the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County. ...

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whitehouse: We can’t leave our kids a planet that’s beyond repair. That’s why President Obama just announced a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45% by 2025.

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Haiti Still Needs Our Help

  Children Walk on the Hills Near Port-au-Prince, Haiti The world will soon pause to remember the destructive Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010. Five years after that tragic day is an appropriate time to honor the bravery shown by the Haitian people during those bleak days after the tremors and to laud the compassion that Haitians demonstrated as they worked selflessly day and night to rescue and care for loved ones, neighbors, and strangers alike. The intense international focus that followed reflected the outpouring of global sympathy. Five years later, Haiti is considerably less in the headlines. This can be a good thing as it indicates progress toward recovery and normalcy. But Haiti will require our sustained attention for years to come. Read more: http://goo.gl/quaTcM

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