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  • Kerry on Cybersecurity

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    At his confirmation hearing today to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., was asked about cybersecurity.  Here’s what he had to say in his question-and-answer round with Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.   Senator Durbin:  I think you may have attended the briefing, the classified briefing for members of the Senate, Democrats [...]
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  • The Post-Election Prescription for Progress

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    What an amazing night for our Republic.  More than 119 million people cast their ballots in races from justice of the peace to President of the United States.  We stood in long lines – some for hours; we cast our ballots; and we shared a hope that tomorrow would be better than today.  Because, at the end of any election day, that’s the common bond among Americans.  No matter how we vote, we vote with [...]
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  • TechElect’s Six Steps to Jobs, Prosperity, and Innovation Sets the Right Agenda

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    TechElect has identified six of the most critical policy reforms that American policymakers from across both sides of the aisle need to embrace if the United States is to restore its leadership in the race for global innovation advantage. Indeed, the United States would go a long way toward enhancing its innovation competitiveness if it tackled these six steps as the first items on the 2013 legislative [...]
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  • A Helpful Reminder to Politicians: Tax Policy Matters

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    Pundits and policymakers’ attention is focused on today’s release of the October jobs data, where we saw the manufacturing sector has added jobs in 28 of the last 33 months, gaining half a million jobs during that timeframe, the most for any such period since the mid-1990s.  That’s a good record, but no one is satisfied with the pace of our economic recovery from the great recession.  We all recognize [...]
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  • “Let’s talk about what we need to compete”

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    The presidential debate tonight provided the final opportunity for the American people to see President Obama and Governor Romney sit side-by-side and debate their plans for the nation for the next four years.  One of the important takeaways from this debate is that both candidates recognize that our foreign policy success is directly entwined with our economic success — for us to be a strong leader [...]
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  • Debate Preview: All Things Global = All Things Local

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    The final presidential debate starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET and will focus on global issues.  Given that topic, people may be tempted to change the channel.  But doing so would ignore the fact that our world today is more intertwined than ever before.  95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the United States, and when people in China buy an iPhone or open an AOL account, those decisions impact [...]
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  • Tonight's Debate: Better on Jobs, Worse on Taxes

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    For the first half, almost three-quarters, of the town-hall debate tonight, we thought the candidates actually got it.  They reached into the tech toolbox for job creation.  Trade.  Education.  High-skilled immigration reform.  Energy innovation and independence.   Both candidates recognized the importance each of these areas to our economic future.  However, neither came close to outlining a comprehensive [...]
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  • Focus on Jobs Should Be Debate Job #1

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    Two debates are in the books, and the candidates for president and vice president have yet to put forward any significant details on how they would accelerate job creation and lasting economic strength across the country.  We understand that the men elected in November to lead our government have to be able to focus on myriad issues and demonstrate their knowledge and approach to a wide spectrum of [...]
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  • The Next Question for Governor Romney and President Obama

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    Tonight, the vice presidential debate was heavy on foreign policy and light on jobs policy.  There was significant attention paid to what’s happening on the ground in Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, and Syria, but too little to the economic challenges facing families in Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and across the United States.  I say that not to dismiss the importance of our nation’s foreign policy – it’s central [...]
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  • What About Jobs?

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    Innovation was missing from the first presidential debate.  So was utilizing the power of technology as a foundation for a stronger economy.  And, other than a few of areas of agreement on taxes and education, the debate was devoid of new ideas and bold approaches to create jobs and get America moving again.   Both candidates repeated the well-rehearsed points that we consistently hear on the campaign [...]
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