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Talking Leadership With Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

Tom Fox | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Pritzker, who founded and ran five different businesses in real estate, hospitality, senior living and financial services, spoke about her management and leadership philosophy with me.

Yes, ICANN

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

What we must have is a clear, enforceable, protected solution whereby ICANN does not fall under the influence of the colors of any country's flag or political leader.

White House Releases Plan To Make Arctic Shipping Safer

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner and Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - As Arctic ice melts away, opening the way for ...

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.

Obama Wants to Close the SBA to Cover Up Fraud, Not Save Money

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Could it be that President Obama intends to try and close the only agency in Washington that assists the nation's 28 million small businesses?

Copyright: Empowering Innovation and Creativity

Chris Dodd | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
Chris Dodd

From the printing press, to motion pictures, to recorded sound, to the Internet, for its entire history copyright law has evolved and developed in res...

The Next Secretary of Commerce or Weather?

Nancy Colleton | Posted 03.04.2013 | Green
Nancy Colleton

The next Commerce Secretary will have the challenge and opportunity to view the two in a more synergistic manner. After all, the nation's weather and climate agency was placed in Commerce for a reason, right?

As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.

Obama's $9 Per Hour Minimum Wage

David Macaray | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
David Macaray

No one is saying the minimum wage should propel folks into the middle-class, because, clearly, that wasn't its intention. So Obama's proposed bump is significant. But even at $9 per hour, you're still poor. You're just less poor.

Let's Make America the Creation Nation Again

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We define "Creation Nation" as a country in which the private and public sector collaborate to develop and commercialize innovative products and services that create businesses or business opportunities that grow the economy and generate good-paying, value-added jobs.

Obama to Dismantle Small Business Administration, Increase Foreign Aid

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Small businesses won't have anyone in their corner if the Department of Commerce, with its close ties and loyalties to large corporations, absorbs the SBA. Small businesses stimulate job growth, and without a specific entity supporting them, our economy can't improve.

White House To Issue Executive Order On Cybersecurity

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, w...

The Best Way for Congress to Help Small Businesses is to Not Close the Small Business Administration

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Small businesses are proven to be this nation's chief engine of economic stimulus and job creation but President Obama plans to close the only federal agency that exists to help America's 28 million small businesses.

Top 10 Twister States

Amy Danise | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money
Amy Danise

A natural-disaster -- and damage to your house - can leave you feeling vulnerable. Along with repairs and reconstruction, you may see a long insurance claim stretching out ahead of you.

Obama, Nixon and NOAA

David Helvarg | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David Helvarg

With the bitter partisanship in today's Washington it's hard to imagine the Republicans in Congress giving President Obama the power to implement even his far more modest governmental reorganization plan before next November's elections.

While We're Sitting on the Cabinet, Let's Bring Something to the Table

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Within a matter of months, if Obama's proposed merger is successful, small businesses will once again be unrepresented on the president's cabinet, and even worse -- they will no longer have a federal agency to assist them.

President Obama's Claim About Shrinking Government is a Publicity Stunt

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.17.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama's latest claim that he's going to shrink government by combining the Small Business Administration with the Department of Commerce is laughable.

Perry Names A New Government Agency He Would Cut, Leaving Out One

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry named a different government agency he would cut as president in an interview on a Savannah, Georgia radio station Friday mornin...

Perry To Formally Propose Shuttering Agencies

The Texas Tribune | Jay Root | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Rick Perry will famously remember the three federal agencies he wants to shut down in a key policy speech in Iowa on Tuesday, but ...

Republican Bill in Congress Increasing Nation's Dependency on Coal, Oil and Gas Interests

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need to aggressively pursue clean energy while we still have control of the game, before it is too late and our climate has changed forever, we are running out of oil, and we are running out of time. Silicon Valley is ready to lead.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Commerce Dept.: Foreign Companies Can Help Revive U.S. Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.15.2011 | Business

Large foreign companies that invest directly in the United States have proven to be a promising source of high-paying American jobs, and the United St...

America's Slowest-Growing State Economy

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 08.12.2011 | Business

Every state posted GDP growth between 2000 and 2010, according to the latest U.S Department of Commerce data, which was released earlier this week. Th...

Digital Divide: Only 60 Percent Of Rural Homes Use Broadband

The New York Times | KIM SEVERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

COFFEEVILLE, Ala. — After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that ...

What Comes First, Innovation or the Consumer?

Katherine Warman Kern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Katherine Warman Kern

Instead of advocating endorsing current practices through regulation and policy, the government should "disrupt ambiguity" with policies which encourage innovation that improves consumer trust.

Top 5 to Watch in 2011: Infrastructure Leaders

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

1. Bellwether Members of Congress - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Rep. John Mica (...