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Election Day 2016

Hello America, how are you? I understand you’ve gone through a lot these past few months. People are pretty worked up. I know, I know, all the statistics say the economy is better now than four years ago. Unemployment is down. The stock market is up. The weather’s not bad either. Pretty warm around here…

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Is the Excitement Gone? Apple’s Incremental Innovation

Attention to detail. Finely crafted technology that opened up new ways of working and playing. Re-defining the user experience. That’s Apple’s hallmark ever since the Mac debuted decades ago. Today’s latest product event, replete with videos that ended abruptly as if not quite finished, demonstrations that failed to ignite the imagination and product features that,…

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In-Sourcing the U.S. Middle Class

Welcome back American manufacturing. U.S. in-sourcing (global companies bringing jobs back to the U.S. that were previously sent overseas) hit the mainstream news cycle again this month. An in-depth Atlantic article by Charles Fishman on GE’s plans to manufacture  high-end appliances has drawn exceptional attention. James Fallows, also in The Atlantic, provided the China context….

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Half-Time in America is Over, It’s Decision Time

They lined-up half a block down the street, forty to fifty people at first, in 35 degree weather well before 8:00am. Parent’s with young children bundled up against the cold, women and men in business suits, in old jeans, in work-out clothes. Hispanic, White, African American, and Asian. No one forced them to show up….

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De-Politicizing Benghazi – CNN Commentary

(Also on CNN’s GPS website) A recently publicized series of State Department email by CNN lays out in harrowing detail the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They are sure to provoke another round of finger-pointing and more politically-motivated pabulum. At 4:05pm: “The Regional Security Officer reports the mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli…

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Post-Debate Wrap-Up: The Candidates on Asia

The final 2012 U.S. Presidential Debate went off without a hitch last night as both candidates stuck closely to their foreign policy talking points. China was meant to feature prominently with time devoted explicitly to the bilateral relationship. After brief opening remarks both Obama and Romney veered off topic and returned to the jobs question,…

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U.S. Presidential Debate – A Foreign Policy Primer

With two weeks left before election day candidates Obama and Romney tackle foreign policy issues tonight. If last week’s battle royale over the economy is any indication this promises to be a no-holds-barred verbal slug fest. Tremendous changes have occurred over the last four years in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Osama Bin Laden…

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U.S. by the Numbers – Recovery Still a Mixed Bag

A torrent of headlines came out today on the latest U.S. jobs numbers. Unemployment fell to 7.8%, below the psychologically important magic number eight. Hitting a four year low this certainly marks a change in the right direction, but we’re still talking baby steps (hand holding a toddler comes to mind.) To have a substantial…

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The Presidential Debate We Needed, but Never Saw

One question for the undecided voters of America – are you better off now than you were 90 minutes ago? Despite a Romney landslide 67% “win” among CNN debate watchers and pundits parsing the candidates words in excruciating detail (worse than the actual number-laded debate itself), undecided voters remained decidedly, undecided. What voters needed from…

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South China Sea First Test for U.S. Shift – Business Insider Article

Tensions are rising again in Southeast Asia as competing claims over the resource rich South China Sea push closer to boiling point. One would hope that countries in the region would take concerted action. That hope would be misplaced. An increasingly militarized land and sea grab continues despite calls for peaceful resolution. With the U.S. in full Asian tilt,…

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