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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Detroit News: "Tax reform takes a backseat to posturing"

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    Today in the Detroit News, ITI President & CEO Dean Garfield has an op-ed focused on the corporate tax debate -- looking at the areas that President Obama and Governor Romney agree on tax reform and the bipartisan support that is growing for a competitive, market-based system.  And he compared those cooperative discussions to the partisan show that claimed to be a Senate hearing last month, chaired [...]
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  • Asking for Real Ideas, Not Rhetoric, at the Presidential Debates

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    Next week, President Obama and Governor Romney will stand toe-to-toe in the first of three presidential debates.  For 90 minutes, the two candidates will focus on what they think is important to American voters in an unvarnished, unscripted, unpredictable debate setting.  There has been a lot of shouting throughout this campaign, but not enough substance.  American voters have stated clearly and repeatedly [...]
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  • Finally, Policy at a Convention Podium!

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    In Charlotte last night, former President Bill Clinton delivered what policy wonks have waited to hear:  POLICY!  His speech touched on a number of themes, from the economy to health care to national security policy, as he built his case to voters as to why he thinks they should support President Obama’s re-election bid.  But one section of his remarks seemed as if it were pulled right from the TechElect [...]
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  • Looking for Innovation Themes at the Democratic National Convention

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    This week, the political and policy worlds will turn their eyes to Charlotte, N.C., as the Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicks off.  As we did for the Republican convention in Tampa, ITI and TechElect will provide analysis and insights throughout the week.  At the GOP convention, we were looking for greater insights into the innovation-focused priorities that Governor Romney and Representative [...]
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  • Focusing on Tech Issues at the RNC in Tampa

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    Today on The Daily Beast/Newsweek’s “Beast TV” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield talked about how technology is democratizing the political process, helping the candidates to connect with more people in meaningful ways.  He also talked about the Republican platform, approved on Tuesday, and some of the issues that are at the heart of TechElect.  He [...]
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  • Microsoft Forum This Afternoon Focuses on Youth

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    Starting at 2:30 p.m. ET today in Tampa at the RNC, Microsoft, along with the National Journal and The Atlantic, will host "Conversations with the Next Generation."  The town hall will bring together top leaders for a dialogue on the important issues facing America's young and emerging workforce.  Microsoft will host a second town hall at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next [...]
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  • Doing Everything We Can to Keep Our Recovery Going

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    President Obama today echoed what TechElect and the innovation sector have argued repeatedly:  “It’s a lot easier to deal with deficits and debt if you are growing,” the President told reporters at a Friday morning news conference.  He’s spot on.  The key question is not whether to grow, but how to grow fastest and strongest.    TechElect believes that the way to build an economy that has lasting strength [...]
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