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  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden upon his arrival at the 171st Air Refueling Wing at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard base in Coraopolis, Pa., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Obama and Biden where in the Pittsburgh area to speak at a nearby community college about job training grants.  Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is at right. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

    Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs.

  • Tribes could get help for sockeye fishery closure

    Commercial and tribal fishermen in Washington state could be getting federal help after the closure of the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery last year cost them millions of dollars.

  • Ill. corporate reps to join Pritzker trade mission

    Executives of two Illinois companies are joining the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on her first trade mission.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't confirm Pritzker

    To some, Commerce Secretary nominee Penny Pritzker is known as "the Bundler" of campaign cash. She is also a Hyatt hotel heiress and billionaire who was President Obama's 2008 campaign-finance manager ("Commerce nominee Pritzker downplays role in management of failed bank," Web, May 23).

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    EDITORIAL: Another crony for the Cabinet

    President Obama's choice of Hyatt hotel heiress Penny Pritzker as secretary of commerce, to be taken up Thursday by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, puts Democrats on the panel between that famous rock and a hard place.

  • Chicago billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker, President Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2013, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on her nomination. A longtime Obama friend who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both of his presidential campaigns, Pritzker is facing scrutiny at a Senate confirmation hearing for her ties to a subprime mortgage lender that failed in 2001. (Associated Press)

    Commerce nominee Pritzker downplays role in management of failed bank

    Commerce secretary-nominee Penny Pritzker told lawmakers Thursday that she regrets the losses suffered by customers of a failed bank she once led, but a lawyer for the depositors said the bank's owners never fully reimbursed them or the government.

  • **FILE** President Obama speaks on May 2, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, where he announced he will nominate Penny Pritzker (right) as secretary of commerce and Michael Froman (left) as U.S. trade representative. (Associated Press)

    Family of commerce nominee Penny Pritzker 'bet against America' with millions in offshore accounts

    During his 2012 campaign for re-election, President Obama and his team accused Mitt Romney of "betting against America" for investing in offshore accounts. If Mr. Romney "bet against America," so did the family of Penny Pritzker, Mr. Obama's nominee for commerce secretary.

  • President Obama speaks May 2, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, where he announced he will nominate Penny Pritzker (right) as Commerce Secretary and Michael Froman (left) as U.S. Trade Representative. (Associated Press)

    Obama's Commerce pick Pritzker may face flak

    President Obama nominated longtime fundraiser and hotel heiress Penny Pritzker Thursday to run the Commerce Department, gambling that her role in a failed bank and opposition from labor groups won't derail her Senate confirmation.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama stands at the White House in 2010 with Penny Pritzker, whom he named to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board in 2009. (Associated Press)

    Chicago fundraiser Penny Pritzker eyed for Commerce secretary post

    Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who ran President Obama's campaign fundraising operation in 2008 and was criticized for her role in a bank failure, is under consideration to serve as Commerce secretary.

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