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"Free Trade" Isn't the Goal of These Treaties
Jeff Milchen

It’s obvious why global corporations wish to see international treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) described as “free trade” pacts or to associate the pacts with advancing “free markets.” Americans gravitate toward the concept of freedom.


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Clean Energy is Everybody’s Business
Bill Ritter Jr.

President Obama is pushing the United States toward a clean energy economy, policy by policy. Last June, he announced his climate action plan. And, pointing to just two examples, his Administration has successfully pursued new fuel economy standards and is now drafting the power plant regulations on carbon emissions.


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Businesses Bring Arizona Back From the Brink on Gays
David Brodwin

Two days ago, Arizona pulled itself back from the brink of insanity. Gov. Jan Brewer bravely defied the GOP’s right wing base and vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse, on religious grounds, to provide service to gays, lesbians and others.


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How the Elk River Spill Makes the Case for Better Regulation
David Brodwin

In West Virginia, business owners are in revolt over regulation.  But it’s not the kind of revolt you might expect. They’re not protesting regulation, they’re protesting the lack of regulation. Last week, 60 business owners signed a letter asking their governor to impose stronger regulations and tougher enforcement.

Who are these business owners, and why do they want to be regulated?


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Why A Higher Minimum Wage Doesn't Kill Jobs
David Brodwin

Momentum is building for raising the minimum wage. But opponents of the minimum wage say that raising it will kill jobs. So what’s the reality here? How do we sort out the conflicting claims?


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When Job Loss Helps the Economy Grow
David Brodwin

One of the great tragedies of our employer-based system of health care is that it traps people in jobs that don’t fit them well. Millions of Americans who would like to start their own business or freelance have been unable to do so because they had no cost-effective way to maintain health care coverage during the transition. This phenomenon, called “job-lock,” keeps people in the wrong job.


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The State of the Union Is Unsustainable
David Brodwin

President Obama steps to the podium to deliver the State of the Union address tomorrow, he will have much on his mind: Defending Obamacare. Reforming domestic surveillance programs. Extending unemployment insurance. He'll be looking towards the 2014 elections and framing a narrative to help Democrats preserve their majority in the Senate and recapture the House.


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Whither the Fed?
David Brodwin

Last month, the Federal Reserve announced it would begin to taper the bond-buying program it launched to stimulate the economy. Its decision reflects a gradual decrease in the unemployment rate, now down below 7 percent.


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Why Your Employees Should Own Your Business
John Abrams

On the last day of 2012 South Mountain Company (SMC) celebrated the end of its twenty fifth year as a worker cooperative. It was an extraordinary year – rich, demanding, uplifting, and profitable.


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We Have the Whole World in Our Hands: The World-Changing Potential in the Emerging Paradigm of Business
Vince DiBianca

Does footwear company TOMS Shoes give away a free pair of shoes to the needy for every pair they sell just because it's good for their bottom line? Is Paul Polman, CEO of $70B Unilever merely a marketing maven or is he deeply committed to impacting the sustainability of our planet?


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