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Donors who are anti-NAFTA in the running for Commerce

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Investor Wilbur Ross is one of President-elect Donald Trump's top picks for Secretary of Commerce. (Rex Features via AP Images) The competition for ...

Smart Money Well Spent: Investing in the United States

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

On the first day of summer, in a hotel foyer brightened with banners of patriotic red, white and blue, I was delighted to experience the bustle and ex...

U.S. Fourth-Quarter GDP Rose At A 0.7 Percent Rate

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the fourth quarter as businesses stepped up efforts to reduce an inventory glut ...

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

My Takeaways From the Administration's Infrastructure Investment Summit

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

Lifting the ban on interstate tolling for purposes of reconstruction will not directly replenish the Highway Trust Fund, but it will give states the flexibility to use a reliable financing option to help meet their infrastructure funding challenges. Give states the flexibility to fund their transportation infrastructure projects the best way they see fit.

An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The death of the American steel industry is fine with the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Cato Institute. They say Americans should thank foreign states that violate international trade laws by subsidizing their steel industries.

Feds: No, Seriously, The 2012 Jobs Data Wasn't Faked

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department found no evidence to support allegations that the monthly unemployment rate was manipulat...

Economy Sees Troubling Slow Down

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter as exports tumbled and businesses accumulated stocks at the slowest pace in n...

Collaborating to Produce an American Workforce with In-Demand Skills

Sec. Penny Pritzker | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Sec. Penny Pritzker

With technology accelerating the pace of change in our economy, our long-term competitiveness is tied to our ability to produce a workforce with in-demand skills.

Good News: Obamacare Clearly Isn't Stifling the Economy

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The more of the law that's implemented, the better the economy seems to perform. How can that be?

Open for Business: Reinventing U.S. Economic Development

Sec. Penny Pritzker | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Sec. Penny Pritzker

More times than not, it falls to America's mayors and governors to persuade companies to expand business investment and increase living standards in the United States. And for too long, the federal government has been an imperfect partner in this effort.

U.S. Economy Accelerating More Quickly Than Expected

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. economy accelerated more quickly than expected in the second quarter thanks to a surge in exports, bolsterin...

Gov't Agency Goes Way Too Far To Fight Hackers

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.09.2013 | Technology

The U.S. Commerce Department destroyed more than $170,000 worth of desktops, printers, TVs, cameras and computer mice to remove from its network an in...

Why UNITE HERE Is Opposing Penny Pritzker's Nomination for the Secretary of Commerce

D. Taylor | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
D. Taylor

Our President has said many of the right things about improving the lives of working Americans, but Commerce Secretary nominee stands in stark contrast to his positions.

Obama Should Lift U.S. Solar Tariffs During His China Meeting

D.A. Barber | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
D.A. Barber

It's the perfect carrot to begin to establish a more productive trade relationship with China while also boosting the homegrown U.S. solar industry that never supported such tariffs in the first place.

Why I Was Invited to the White House: Investing in Africa

Teresa Clarke | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
Teresa Clarke

Yes, Africa is a continent with major challenges, but it is also a continent with major opportunities. Africa is not waiting for Americans to come around to seeing those opportunities.

Barack Needs a Binder of His Own

Martha Burk | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.

Florida Tomato Growers Want Answers Before Election

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2012 | Miami

* Florida group wants preliminary decision within 45 days * Mexico opposes terminating 16-year-old pact By Doug Palmer ...

Dow Surges To Highest Level In More Than Four Years

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business

* Herbalife shares tank on Einhorn remarks * ISM manufacturing growth tops expectations * Chesapeake to replace McClendo...

Turn on the Global High Beams for American Jobs

Trooper Sanders | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business
Trooper Sanders

While America does not have a royal family to promote its brand, people and products around the world, it does have an untapped resource with its own brand of royal magic: former presidents and first ladies.

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Warms To Obama's Plan To Trim And Merge | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are cautiously embracing President Barack Obama's proposal for shrinking the size of the federal government, a...

The Latest Sign That The Economy Is Gaining Steam

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - U.S. construction spending surged to a near 1-1/2 year high in November as investment in public and private projects ros...

Lucia Graves

China's Solar Subsidies: Growing The Industry Could Mean Throwing American Manufacturers Under The Bus | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This fall Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) drew indignant headlines when he said "we can't compete with China to make solar panels and wind t...

Promising Sign For The Housing Market

Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - Housing starts and permits for future construction jumped to a 1-1/2 year high in November as demand for rental apartments rose, suggesti...

U.S. Trade Gap Narrowest In Months, As Imports From China Hit Record High

Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest in 10 months, but imports from China hit a record high, a government report showed on Friday....