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VAT and The Great Tax Swap

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

My proposal herein is simple. Eliminate the existing U.S. personal and corporate income tax system altogether and replace it with a VAT -- a great tax swap of historic proportions.

Howcast Sells GE "Takeover" Ad of its YouTube Page in Big, Branded Vid Program (video)

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.07.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

LAS VEGAS -- Founded by three ex-Googlers, Howcast is the New York-based video production and distributor of "how to" videos on a wide range of su...

Jack Welch: Europe's Debt Crisis Will NOT Hurt America

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch was nothing if not optimistic in an interview with CNBC early Wednesday. Welch, appearing on "Squak Box," said ...

Obama's Speech: An Enormous Wasted Opportunity

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Tonight's speech was a real disappointment. How could Obama not use this opportunity to call on us to do some hard things? What's scary about the speech is that it almost could have been any president in the last four decades.

GE Ignored Omniscan Safety Advice And May Have Hid Evidence From FDA, Documents Show

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

GE Healthcare ignored the advice of its own safety experts to "proactively" restrict use of its imaging drug, Omniscan, after reports in Europe linked...

17 Years GE Light Bulb: Smart LED Bulb Introduced

SmartPlanet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

General Electric has announced a new nine-watt LED light bulb that promises a lifespan of 17 years. GE says its Smart LED bulb, which replaces a trad...

The New Kids on the Internet

Courtney Boyd Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Courtney Boyd Myers

As founders of two of the most hedonistic and bohemian "addictive digital platforms," 22-year-old Christopher Poole and 17-year-old Andrey Ternovskiy are this generation's Internet legends.

Of Death and Taxes

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

We are more than willing to accept an increase in taxes that would make it possible for people under sixty-five to get the same healthcare we do. The only alternative is national bankruptcy.

New Vending Machines Keep Drinks Cold Without Warming Planet

Mother Nature Network | Robynne Boyd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The kingpin of soda, the Coca-Cola Co., is changing the face, and footprint, of the refrigeration industry by replacing its conventional fleet of vend...

Innovations that Change the World

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jenny Darroch

I often feel that when an innovation is successful, I can't imagine life without it. I feel like that about many of the products and services from companies that made Fast Company's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies list.

Green Business Misconceptions Revealed: Wendy's Perceived As Greener Than Nike

The New York Times | SINDYA N. BHANOO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

According to a recent report, released last week by Maddock Douglas, a business consultancy based in Chicago, some companies with extensive green prac...

Health Care Innovation Now

Mark M. Little, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark M. Little, Ph.D.

While health care debates run on, technology and innovation are accelerating. I believe we are at a point of inflection where we can look to a world of better, more affordable health care.

Paulson's Book Contradicts GE CEO's Claims, Could Affect Court Case

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the financial crisis worsened toward the end of 2008, chief executive Jeffrey Immelt and other leaders at General Electric repeatedly assured the p...

Comcast, GE Rain Campaign Cash In Anticipation Of Merger Hearing

The Hill | Kim Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Comcast and NBC Universal's parent company have showered campaign contributions on members of two panels holding hearings Thursday on the cable giant'...

GE 4Q Profit Falls 19 Percent

AP | STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Electric Co.'s fourth-quarter net income fell 19 percent, but the industrial bellwether is seeing signs of stability as it moves into a key re...

CEOs, Union Leader Agree: Manufacturing Strategy Crucial

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Since precious few Americans, even those in the same political party, agree on how to realign America, a typecast smack down between CEOs and unionists might have begun when they met. But it didn't.

Goldman Sachs Seizing Homes Subprime Mortgages Bought

McClatchy | Greg Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Goldman spent years buying hundreds of thousands of subprime mortgages, many of them from some of the more unsavory lenders in the business, and packa...

The US Chamber's Continuing Climate Credibility Crisis

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

If the media briefing late last week was supposed to make things better for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the face of an onslaught of major defections over its climate extremism, it didn't.

Jeffrey Immelt, GE CEO: Era Of Meanness, Greed Drawing to End

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt has come clean about the financial crisis. In prepared remarks during a speech at the U.S. Military Academy in West...

Comcast, NBC Deal To Face Tough Antitrust Review

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Comcast Corp. will likely have to accept substantial conditions if the cable TV provider wants to win regulatory approval for contr...

GE, Comcast Agree: NBC Valued At $30 Billion

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co. and Comcast Corp have agreed on a valuation of around $30 billion for a joint venture between NBC Universal ...

US Chamber's Influence and Credibility on the Decline

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

One reason for the Chamber's decline may be the result of what the Chamber's positioning communicates to businesses and lawmakers alike.

Climate Controversy Damages Chamber's Reputation

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

The Chamber's tone-deaf response to the situation is contributing to reputation damage that is hurting the organization's credibility.

Lessons From NBC's Train Wreck

Dennis O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dennis O'Brien

Watching NBC implode must be great fun to Jeff Immelt and his colleagues at GE. Probably not so much fun for Brian Roberts and Comcast.

Comcast, NBC Deal: Comcast To Buy Controlling Stake In NBC Universal For $13.75 Billion

AP | DEBORAH YAO and RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast Corp. is buying control of NBC Universal from GE largely because Comcast wants to own more movies and TV shows. The point...