Capital Commerce


September 2009


Obama and the Olympics: An Economic Boost?

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The president's trip to Copenhagen to promote Chicago as an Olympic host city has raised criticism that Obama is wasting time for what is essentially a vanity project. Robert Gibbs has responded to those criticisms with a familiar argument that the Olympics are substantive for economic reasons:

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G20 Talks: Damned If You Do...

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The FT reports how expectations are low for the G20's meeting this Friday on ways to achieve more "balanced" global growth:

British officials warned that unless more balanced growth could be achieved, the global community would have to accept either lower growth or a retreat to ...

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Marvel Disney Deal: Copyright Law Complexities

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The Times reports how the possible expiration of Marvel's copyright claims on many of the biggest superhero characters like X-Men and the Fantastic Four complicates Disney's acquisition of the company.

The rise of the Internet has made copyright law more politically controversial than ever in recent ...

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"Buy American" Provisions Mean the Opposite In Practice

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There is a long list of political slogans that were originated to create a certain frame in the mind of the public, but ended up being associated with the exact opposite effect that was intended by the sloganeers. "No Child Left Behind" is probably the best recent example.

Maybe we can add "Buy ...

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Cap And Trade In Trouble

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Jimmy P has three reasons why cap-and-trade might be doomed to fail. Here's reason number two:

Most people won’t see an immediate benefit. Proposed changes in the U.S. healthcare system wouldn’t immediately change the current insurance coverage of most Americans, despite new government ...

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John Galt Not Hiding From The Public Eye

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One of the strangest—but perhaps, predictable—trends that has accompanied the recession is a resurgence of interest in the writings of Ayn Rand and especially, the book Atlas Shrugged. Sales of the book have apparently soared over the last year.  The book's hero, John Galt, has become a rallying ...

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Unemployment Won't Be Falling Anytime Soon

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The new ADP report shows a bigger than expected drop in private sector employment for August. The Journal reports that most economists predict the official unemployment will tick back up to 9.5 percent, after a slight decline to 9.4 percent in July.

The numbers on private sector employment are ...

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