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  • The Multiplier Effect

    Top execs from the Big Three automakers come to Washington this week to make a pitch for a federal infusion of cash to save their companies. Whether you think the government should prop those companies up or let them fall -- and the NAM has come out in favor of providing some relief -- their successes...
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  • The Open Source Smart Grid

    At the Department of Energy Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Peer Review last week, dozens of DoE grant recipients showed the public what they've been doing with our tax dollars. One of the more innovative projects was GridLAB-D , an open-source platform to test new smart grid techniques...
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  • Amazing Facts about DICOM

    DICOM is the name of a very unusual standard. You won't be surprised to learn that this name is an acronym for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. However, you might be surprised to learn that the DICOM Standard : Has proved itself over a 15 year period. (This standard really works.)...
  • Obama's CEA Chair Should Provide Economic Balance

    Business advocates are among those most pleased with President-elect Barack Obama's decision to named Christina Romer as the head of his Council of Economic Advisors . Conservative economist Greg Mankiw called it "an excellent choice." One thing that has a lot of people excited is that...
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  • HR 1 in the New Congress? Bound to be Card Check

    Our annual membership meeting, Illuminations Weekend , has come and gone, but the memory of some of the discussions remains -- and in particular, the almost non-stop focus of the CEOs on one issue: "card check," or as US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue prefers to call it, "the end...
  • On Second Thought, We Do

    For a while now, Costa Rica has been more than a little hesitant to ratify its free trade agreement with the United States. Never mind that "DR-CAFTA" (the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement) has already been negotiated, passed by the U.S. Congress, and implemented with...
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  • Counterfeits Can Kill!

    So many critical issues face our members these days, from a devastating housing slump that has choked off demand for some electrical products, to a global recession combined with an increasingly strong dollar that will reduce member exports, to a credit crunch that is hurting our small manufacturers...
  • Of Deflation and Depressions

    Large declines in the CPI and PPI during October have prompted a flurry of concerns that deflation may be taking hold. Add to that, a host of lousy economic data such as the recent spikes in unemployment insurance claims , declines in consumer spending and tumbles in manufacturing activity and talk of...
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  • Several Firsts in Yesterday's Elections

    No doubt the most remarkable event yesterday was the election of this nation's first African-American chief executive. But after that, I'd have to say the thing that amazed me most was CNN's introduction of holographic television. If you didn't see it, check out two interviews -- one...
  • Trade Risk?

    The word on the street here in DC is that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making some changes to its proposed rule to require advance security filings for all imports that pass through maritime ports. Known as " 10+2 " -- for the ten data elements that importers will be required to file...
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