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  • A quick look at the week of November 15, 2010:

    Quote: “It is in these labs -- often late at night, often fueled by a dangerous combination of coffee and obsession -- that our future is being won,” said President Obama during the presentation of the National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation, “For in a global economy, the key to our prosperity will never be to compete by paying our workers less or building cheaper, lower-quality products. That's not our advantage. The key to our success -- as it has always been -- will be to compete by developing new products, by generating new industries, by maintaining our role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation. It’s absolutely essential to our future.” VIDEO:

    Your West Wing Week: “I Really Like this Guy.” VIDEO:

    On the White Board: In the newest installment of the White House White Board series, Austan Goolsbee discusses the American Auto industry’s comeback. VIDEO:

    Behind-the-Scenes Pictures: The White House photo office and Pete Souza bring you October in photos. SLIDESHOW:

    Success Story: President Obama on GM. VIDEO:

    Official Arrival Ceremony: The President visits Lisbon, Portugal to meet with NATO allies.

  • [UPDATE: This event has now concluded.]

    Ed. Note: The Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule called the “medical loss ratio” rule that will require health insurance companies to spend 80 to 85 percent of your health care insurance premiums on making you healthier instead of overhead costs like advertising or executive compensation. Nancy-Ann DeParle took some time to explain the new rule and why it’s so important in this video.

    Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, is answering your questions on health reform implementation in a live video chat for Tuesday Talks. In March 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law — the Act gives you better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans. 

    Join us for a talk with Nancy-Ann DeParle on Tuesday, November 23rd at 2:15 p.m. EST.

    Here's how you can participate:

    Visit to learn more about health care reform.

  • Whether you are taking public transport to work, getting coffee in a local café, or shopping for groceries -- there are dozens of apps for your mobile phone to help you stay connected to your government and get the latest information. From the Department of Energy's alternative fuel locator to live video streams from the White House, these apps are worth checking out at

    Here is our list of 10 must-have Government Apps:

  • This morning, the Vice President spoke at a Middle Class Task Force Event that was co-hosted by the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative.  He announced new steps that our Administration is taking in partnership with the legal community to strengthen foreclosure mediation programs, help veterans cope with legal challenges, and make it easier for workers to find a qualified attorney when they believe their rights have been violated.

    First, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the American Bar Association (ABA) are launching a new partnership to help workers resolve complaints received by DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, such as not getting paid the minimum wage or overtime, or being wrongfully denied family medical leave.  DOL resolves more than 20,000 of these complaints every year, but because of limited resources, there are thousands more they are unable to pursue.  Starting next month, people whose cases cannot be pursued will be provided with a newly created toll-free number that will connect them with an ABA-approved attorney referral service so they can find a qualified lawyer to help with their claims.

  • President Obama declared today the first-ever National Entrepreneurs’ Day, part of a full-blown National Entrepreneurship Week that, in the President’s words, aims to “renew our commitment to supporting the entrepreneurs who power the engine of our Nation's economy.” 

    Entrepreneurship is a core American value. And supporting a culture that is conducive to entrepreneurship and startups is a core component of the President’s National Innovation Strategy, for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs.  Startups are inherently bold and by their nature constantly facing the risk of failure. But startups also bring an unparalleled wealth of transformative innovations to market—think of everything from the airplane to the automobile to—and have been the Nation’s engine of  job creation over the past three decades.  It is the entrepreneurs who are tackling the Nation’s challenges in clean energy, medicine, national security, and other fields. They will build the leading industries of the 21st century.

    This week, leaders from throughout the Obama Administration have highlighted a range of initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and high-growth startups, through a series of five daily White House blog postsand a live web chat with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

    And this afternoon, Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, is joining up with Steve Case,co-founder of AOL and a co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for a discussion with DC-area entrepreneurs at  an Entrepreneur Town Hall.  Among the topics: What are the key challenges and opportunities facing innovative startups in the Nation’s capital?  And what can the public and private sectors do to grow entrepreneurial ecosystems here and across the country?

    This is not just a job for government, as the President emphasized this Wednesday when awarding the National Medals of Science, Technology, and Innovation.  Fostering a climate of innovation and entrepreneurship “depends on all of us,” the President said, “including businesses and universities and nonprofits.”  This is a call to action that the President first proclaimed when signing the Small Business Jobs Act.

    This Administration is committed to working with the private sector to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and high-growth startups, and to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to dream big in our innovation Nation.

  • Today, eleven remarkable people will give eleven riveting talks. What's unique about them, besides experiences like being a female engagement team Marine in Afghanistan or an explosive ordinance disposal technician in Iraq, is that they're all from the Department of Defense. The eleven speakers of TEDxPentagon represent America's men and women in uniform, and the families who stand strong alongside them. Watch the live stream here.

    Like other remarkable speakers who come together under the umbrella of the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), these speakers will share experience, lessons, and stories that range from wonderful to terrifying, and enlightening to inspiring.

  • Today at 1 p.m. EST Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Fast Company will be hosting a special live chat to answer your questions about this Administration's role in promoting innovation-based, high-growth entrepreneurship. During the event, you can watch live and submit questions on facebook.

    In the meantime, be sure to check out our National Entrepreneurship Week blog post series:

  • Ed. Note: This week the Obama Administration celebrating America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses as part of National Entrepreneurship Week. Join Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today at 1 p.m. for a live chat on entrepreneurship and innovation.

    This week on the White House blog, we’ve highlighted the Obama Administration’s role in improving entrepreneurs’ access to capital, driving innovation from the lab to the marketplace, empowering vetrepreneurs, and fueling disruptive energy startups.  Today, in celebration of the first-ever National Entrepreneurs’ Day, I thought to highlight the emerging role of government as convener to catalyze entirely new ideas and business models. Through competition in prizes and challenges, open data downloads, and participation in voluntary consensus standards activities, entrepreneurs are finding new ways to participate – and succeed in building the industries and jobs of the future.

  • In the fourth edition of White House White Board, Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the President’s tough decisions on the American auto industry in light of the General Motors IPO.

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  • Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Walk step by step with the President as he attends the G-20 in Seoul, Korea and the annual APEC meeting in Yokohama, Japan, awards the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, and the National Medals of Science and Technology, affirms the Administration’s commitment to promoting equality in the work place at a meeting of women leaders in the Roosevelt Room, and more…

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