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Ten Sustainable Business Priorities for 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 4:12 AM

Many feel pessimistic about the pace of change in building a sustainable future. Certainly the science is looking increasingly challenging, extreme weather events are increasingly becoming the norm, austerity tempts us to focus on the short term and there appears to be little coherent global policy movement. But I retain...

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The Drivers For Sustainable Business Change in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:54 AM

It's been a mixed year for sustainable business. For every signal telling us to become more sustainable (resource crunch, extreme weather, social disquiet with business) a counter signal (austerity, shale gas discovery, political inertia) suggests that business as usual is the safest thing to do. So what I've tried to...

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Martha Raddatz Dazzles At Presidential Debate

(350) Comments | Posted October 14, 2012 | 1:31 PM

After Jim Lehrer was widely criticized for his hands-off moderation of the first presidential debate, Martha Raddatz took the stage at the vice presidential debate on Thursday with plenty of pressure to keep Joe Biden and Paul Ryan under control and on topic.

Raddatz did that and more.

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Joe Biden's Best Debate Moments (VIDEO)

(102) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:13 PM

We all know it: Joe Biden is neither as calm nor as disciplined as his boss, President Obama. But as the president's overly-passive debate performance suggests, Vice President Biden's loose style may be just the thing for a hard-fought debate with Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan.

So what is Biden...

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Obama, Romney Bond Over Adele's James Bond Theme (VIDEO)

(28) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 5:29 PM

Without a doubt, this year's presidential election has been a bruising campaign for both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But despite the most polarized political climate in decades, partisan gridlock gripping Congress and untold millions spent on ads attacking both sides of every issue, we've found the one thing that...

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Obama, Romney Debate Stutters In Full View (VIDEO)

(48) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 2:00 PM

During the first presidential debate this week, both candidates revealed a host of phrases, concepts, and mannerisms they couldn't--or wouldn't--shake.

There were big numbers, big stammers, and Big Bird to boot. And for all the hype about this election presenting a stark contrast between Obama and Romney, the...

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The Debate Expectations Game: Pundits Sound Off (VIDEO)

(271) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 2:23 PM

For all the eye-rolling and jabbering about the silliness of the debate expectations game presidential campaigns play every cycle, everyone--everyone--is playing. Pols and pundits alike are weighing in on who can lower their own expectations while painting their opponent as the reincarnation of Daniel Webster.

Will zingers from Romney...

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Fox & Friends: The Fail Compilation (VIDEO)

(829) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Fox & Friends has carved out a unique space in the world of weekday morning television: the popular Fox News Channel show is part news; part conservative boilerplate; part frothy entertainment; and part complete and utter absurdity. No wonder the show and its hosts, already a favorite target of

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If The Scott Brown And Elizabeth Warren Race Were A Romantic Comedy (VIDEO)

(94) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 9:04 AM

Scott is just a small town guy, casually going about his business as a dashing Massachusetts senator, when along comes Elizabeth. She's plucky, she's tenacious...

...and she wants Scott's job.

What happens next sets sparks flying and tongues wagging from Gloucester to Amherst, as these two bicker and banter their...

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The Oddest Celebrity Endorsements Of The Presidential Campaign (VIDEO)

(112) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Celebrity endorsements are usually highly coveted by presidential candidates. While some of the more well-known celebs tend to lean towards the Democrats, both parties have a slew of actors, musicians and other famous persons supporting their bids.

The question is: do they want these endorsements?

In the video above,...

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Romney Reboot Of 'Specifics' Revealed (VIDEO)

(76) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 1:39 PM

A major part of the Romney campaign's recent strategy "reboot" was to lay out more specifics about the candidate's positions on issues important to Americans. As adviser Ed Gillespie put it in a conference call with reporters on Monday, "After a successful convention where people learned and voters learned a...

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Tackling the Biggest Challenge of All - Truly Sustainable Consumer Products

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 6:04 AM

The biggest single impact a retailer has on planet and people is its products - raw material sourcing, manufacture, logistics, customer use and disposal.

M&S is certainly not the biggest, turning over about £10 billion per year (about $16bn, compared to Walmart's $420bn). But even as a mid-sized retailer...

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Pundits Declare Romney Campaign In Disarray (VIDEO)

(2433) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 5:45 PM

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was roundly criticized by foreign policy hands from both parties for his statements on the violence at American embassies in Libya and Egypt, and the media quickly began speculating that the campaign was in crisis.

The pile on continued Sunday with

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WHOOPS: Obama, Romney Surrogates Go Off Message (VIDEO)

(217) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 2:25 PM

The job of a presidential campaign surrogate is relatively simple: take the campaign's message on a given subject and amplify it. Staying on message, however, can be unexpectedly difficult.

Senator Rob Portman was the latest casualty of imperfect message discipline: as he defended the Romney campaign from attacks over...

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Ryan, Mitt Don't Want To Talk About It (VIDEO)

(1170) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 11:28 AM

The Romney/Ryan campaign has some big goals--lower taxes for everyone without sacrificing revenue, 12 million new jobs in 4 years, and a full "repeal and replace" of Obamacare--but they don't want to bore you with details. In the video above, we gathered a trove of the best Romney/Ryan campaign dodges...

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DNC Super Cut: The Best, Worst And Most Bizarre Moments (VIDEO)

(319) Comments | Posted September 8, 2012 | 11:33 AM

The Democrats brought their political A-game to the DNC in Charlotte, with juicy soundbites peppering every night of the convention. Here’s the best of the best: a mountain of zingers, the most tortured of metaphors, and a very, very excited Jennifer Granholm.

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Poor, Poor Dems: Convention Speakers Highlight Their Humble Beginnings (VIDEO)

(53) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 5:21 PM

For a profession awash in money, politicians sure do seem to come from some humble beginnings. At least, judging by the convention speakers they do.

Republicans competed with each other in Tampa to see who could offer an example of the most hardscrabble upbringing. Now it appears the...

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Media In A Frenzy For Fluke, Clinton, Warren On DNC Day Two (VIDEO)

(300) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Look who's up tonight for Day 2 of the Democratic Convention! Sandra Fluke, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Clinton are set to speak, and judging from the pundits' anticipation, it's going to be a frenzy.

It's the best night for the chattering class since . . . last night!
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The Republican Convention Wrap-Up, Starring Clint Eastwood (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 9:01 AM

Republicans are great at pushing and repeating a theme, and this week at their convention in Tampa, they talked about several: the power of love, American exceptionalism, unity over division, and of course, about a million rags-to-riches success stories.

Then, suddenly, the talk of the convention was about one...

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Republican Party Platform: Behind the Scenes (VIDEO)

(34) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 7:36 PM

A recent Pew poll found that people are more interested in learning about the GOP platform than they are in Mitt Romney’s speech at the convention.

After watching the entire 2-day-long RNC Platform Committee meeting on C-Span, we can see why it makes for such compelling TV....

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