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    “Let’s talk about what we need to compete”

    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

    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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    Felix Baumgartner: Stunt Man or Scientist?

    By now you’ve probably heard or read about Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from 24 miles above the earth.  24 miles.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Airliners often fly at about 30,000 feet, or between 5 and 6 miles above the Earth.  Baumgartner decided he wanted to fall from a distance more than 4 times that. The jump certainly makes for great water cooler talk, and some might consider Baumgartner [...]
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    Google’s data centers: an inside look

    This blog was originally posted on the Google Blog. Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centers, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard. While we’ve shared many of our designs and best practices, and we’ve been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small [...]
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    Tonight's Debate: Better on Jobs, Worse on Taxes

    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

    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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    From TechElect -- The Next Question for Governor Romney and President Obama

    This blog was originally posted at TechElect.org. 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 [...]
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    What About Jobs?

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

    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

    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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