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  • 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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  • Hot Shower, Clean Dishes, Energy Star

    Now, while you are busy contemplating the financial and political markets, don't take for granted what's delivering your next cleanup session under the showerhead or in the tub. As many of us know firsthand, whether it's run by gas or electric, a water heater tank is a failure waiting to...
  • Some Post-Election Analysis

    Just came back from a US Chamber/Leading Authorities event featuring election analysts Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg . Both had interesting takes on the recent elections: Charlie said that, while the GOP needs to regroup and determine where it's heading in the future, he doesn't think any Republican...
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  • The Invisible Tax Cut

    It's hard to be optimistic about the economy, and with good reason given the spate of bad news coming out on an almost daily basis. Deteriorating labor market : check. A big slump in consumer spending : check. Lousy guidance from earnings reports: check. Throw in a credit market in flux (though slowly...
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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.)...
  • How to Buy an Ally

    During my first (of two) years working at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras in the ‘90s, electricity rationing was the norm. 12 regularly scheduled hours a day with and 12 without. I ate a lot of meals at the cafeteria in the Embassy – which had its own generators to keep the refrigerators running – and went...
  • 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...
  • 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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  • 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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  • The Easier Course

    If you’re going to be the Secretary-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), you’d better be a marathoner. Trying to get more than 150 nations -- most all of whom don’t want to reform any of their own “market irregularities” -- to agree on a new international trade liberalization agreement has...
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