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California Heads Back To The Past?

March 15th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in The National Journal.

LOS ANGELES — California is looking backward these days. That sentence can be read two ways. Both are correct.

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What Would Art Vandelay Do?

March 11th, 2010

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This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.

U.S. businesses and many in Congress have long complained that our export promotion and export enforcement efforts are not strategic, well-coordinated or well-funded. Increasing U.S. exports is a vital part of promoting economic growth that benefits all Americans, including the Middle Class. There is much work still to do to ensure that the United States has smart, progressive policies in support of trade. However, the Administration’s new export agenda is an excellent start.

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Focus on the Mission: Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

March 5th, 2010

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This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.

They serve in Iraq. They fight in Afghanistan. Their names are etched in marble at Arlington National Cemetery. And three out of four Americans believe they shouldn’t be forced to lie to serve the country for which they are prepared to die.

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Party-Line Vote Will Produce Political Firestorm

March 5th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in National Journal.

“The issue trumps the process.” That’s what Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told The New York Times about health care reform. And that’s what Democrats have got to believe. There is no question that the process has been costly thus far. In January, an uninsured 18-year-old waitress in New Hampshire explained her opposition this way to a Times reporter: “If you have to bribe people to vote for it, it can’t be good.”

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The Global Green Energy Race

March 2nd, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Forbes.

In the new decade, who is going to take the gold in the global clean energy market? Is America even in the running?

The answer is that the U.S. is behind in clean energy, but it’s certainly not out of it. The nature of American ingenuity, its market system, and the fact that it’s the best place to start a business means that even if it’s lagging, that can be turned around quickly.

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Could Tort Reform Help Rescue Health Care Legislation?

March 2nd, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Roll Call.

As Democrats prepare to go another round on health care, they should rethink one of their traditional positions — opposition to medical malpractice reform — and offer a bold proposal. Such an offer would be smart policy and politics, helping to bend the cost curve and calling the Republicans’ bluff on their willingness to back a significant, bipartisan idea.

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