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Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

U.S. Economy Grows At 3.5 Percent Rate

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the d...

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.

U.S. Economy Grows Faster Than Expected

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the govern...

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.

Obama To Tap Penny Pritzker For Commerce Secretary

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, na...

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.

Looks Like Housing Recovery Is The Real Deal

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. builders started construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing reco...

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 ...

Fears Grow As Economy Slows And Americans Cut Back

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — High unemployment isn't going away — not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter. ...

Weakest Growth In Months

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers spent no more in May than in April after seeing almost no gain in their pay. The lack of growth in consumer spending...

Evidence Of A Housing Recovery!

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years. The increase suggests a modest recovery is continuin...

Police Investigate Commerce Secretary For Hit-And-Run Crash

AP | RAQUEL DILLON | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Monday he will take a medical leave of absence to undergo tests and evaluations after sufferin...

Dow Surges To Highest Close In More Than Four Years

AP | MATTHEW CRAFT | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — The fastest growth in U.S. manufacturing in 10 months gave stocks a lift Tuesday and pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to its h...

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...