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    ITI News Roundup: Immigration, Innovation

    Good morning.  Today's ITI Daily News Roundup is live.  Today's top stories include an op-ed from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick, the director of the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.  Their message to the GOP:  It's time to pass immigration reform. "No Republican would vote for legislation that stifled economic growth, promoted illegal immigration, [...]
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    Apple CEO: Fixing the Broken Tax Code = Jobs, Investment

    Apple's Tim Cook is testifying in front of a Senate subcommittee on what Apple sees as a vastly simpler corporate tax structure to replace the outdated, overly complex structure that the U.S. has today.  Listen to what he had to say in his opening statement. We'll have updates later this afternoon.
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    ICYMI: Dean Garfield Talks Tax Reform on the Kudlow Report

    Tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook will put forward the tenets of a reform plan that could fix the broken, antiquated U.S. tax code.  His testimony before a Senate panel will focus on shaping a competitive, market-based tax code that has a lower rate and enhances American innovation.  We need to responsibly modernize our tax structure, to help American companies create jobs and new opportunities here at [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Donilon Talks Asia-U.S. Challenges in Cyber, Trade

    This morning, many media accounts look at remarks from Tom Donilon, the President's National Security Advisor, on the challenges facing the U.S. relationships with many Asian nations.  Among the topics he covered:  the priority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and the ongoing dialogue with China on cybersecurity.  For the full context, you can read Donilon's remarks to the Asia Society in New [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Trade & Market Access
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    Lew Confirmation Hearing Zeroes in on Tax Reform

    The President’s nominee to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, testified at the Senate Finance Committee today and faced questions from Democratic and Republican Senators on the importance of corporate tax reform to job creation.  (You can watch the archived hearing on the committee’s site.) Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., set the tone with his opening statement, underscoring that the [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Honoring Innovation and Discovery at the White House

    With the greatest “collection of brainpower we’ve had under this roof in a long time,” President Obama at the White House today bestowed the nation’s highest honors for invention and discovery – the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation – on an incredibly talented group of men and women.  The President noted that the accomplishments of these women and men are [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM
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    Kerry on Cybersecurity

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    The President’s Inauguration: Giving New Priority to Familiar Challenges

    In his Inaugural Address today, President Obama combined poetry and prose as he spoke about the priorities that he will bring to his second term in office.  For many of these issues, the technology sector has put forward ideas with backing from both Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.  The challenge consistently has been building broader support to move policies from good proposals to new [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Environment & Sustainability, Tax Policy, Skills/STEM, Energy
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    ITI’s Team: Best in Class

    At ITI, we pride ourselves in the quality of our work.  Our ethos is reflected in our brand:  “Innovation.  Insight.  Influence.”  We strive to match our members’ breakthrough innovations with cutting-edge approaches to help people and governments better understand our members and the work they do in Washington, D.C., and in key markets and capitals around the world.  And, today, two of our top advocates [...]
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    Debate Preview: All Things Global = All Things Local

    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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