February 17, 2015

Describing cyberspace as the new "wild, wild West," President Barack Obama on Friday said that while everyone expects the government to be the sheriff, the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks.

January 21, 2015

The National Retail Federation (NRF) offered a message of cooperation to the White House on the day of Obama's State of the Union address.

October 8, 2014

The Obama administration announced last month that it would put $68 million in federal funding toward boosting renewable energy and the implementation of solar power in homes and businesses, particularly those in rural areas of the U.S.

The $68 million will go toward 540 energy-efficiency projects, 240 of which are solar energy initiatives.

The planned actions are projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 300 million metric tons by 2030 -- the equivalent of taking more than 60 million cars off the road for one year -- and to save $10 billion in energy costs.

March 3, 2014

The National Retail Federation sent a message of encouragement to the government, which it praised for its attention to the ongoing patent troll case while urging Congress to solidify protections for retailers.

June 5, 2013

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to the White House plan to rein in the activities of patent trolls. Retailers have increasingly become ensnared by frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls filed with the singular intent of generating settlements.

April 5, 2013

Employer representatives have testified before a congressional panel that they support the expansion of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment verification system, which experts agree will be a central piece of comprehensive immigration reform.

February 15, 2012

President Obama traveled to Milwaukee on Feb. 15 to visit a Master Lock factory where the company brought back approximately 100 jobs from China. The visit also included a discussion of the economy and American manufacturing. 

Obama gave a callout to Master Lock in his State of the Union address for moving jobs back to the United States, and company president and CEO John Heppner participated in the January “Insourcing American Jobs” forum at the White House. 

February 7, 2012

In a far-reaching plan that covered everything from foreclosures to new mortgage agreements, President Obama unveiled a “Homeowner Bill of Rights.” Here's the White House's fact sheet. And below are readers' comments.

December 19, 2011

In Kensington, Md., 90-year-old Mizell Lumber and Hardware, a company that once delivered plywood to the White House in a wagon drawn by horses, closed over the weekend.

One owner, Jeannine Mizell, described the struggles as a "slow death," according to a report at MyFoxdc.com.

May 2, 2011

On Washington, responsibility and the budget

“As the leader of the largest building materials and construction services company in the West, we operate one of the hardest-hit markets, and one that has yet to see the benefits of the ‘economic recovery.’ With the housing market still struggling, our industry has mirrored the larger problems facing the U.S.: threats from global competitors, underinvestment in technology, etc. 

April 20, 2011

President Barack Obama called the Lowe's store manager who helped guide customers and employees to the back of his store moments before the front was ripped apart by a tornado. The president thanked manager Michael Hollowell for his actions, according to a press release from the White House.

The Sanford, N.C., store was one of many buildings damaged by dozens of tornadoes that brought destruction to North Carolina on Saturday, when 21 people were killed by the storm.