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It Starts with the State: Organization Drives Support for Trade

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon for Bloomberg

One of the U.S. Chamber’s partner organizations is working to educate Washington’s congressional delegation and other elected officials on the vital role that trade plays in creating jobs and growing the state’s economy.

Counterfeiters Sow the Seeds of Poverty

Photo: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Imagine putting your time and back-breaking labor into crops, only to have them fail to yield food? That’s what is happening in African communities, and it’s not because of the soil quality, the level of rain, or the lack of laborers. Recent reports indicate that Ugandan’s farmers’ crops and livelihood have been decimated due to counterfeit seeds.

Baseball Enthusiast, Entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. Gives Us a Lot to Chew On

Photo: John Zich/Bloomberg

A new book by columnist and author George Will on the history of Wrigley Field (“A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred”) did pique my interest. Not because of his proselytizing about the great American pastime. But rather, because of the man behind the field: William Wrigley Jr.

Evidence Please: The Common Core in Action

UPDATED: The NYT's David Brooks took to the pages today to defend Common Core, reminding readers that: "school standards are not curricula. They do not determine what students read or how teachers should teach. They are the goals for what students should know at the end of each grade."

Balderdash and ISDS

Type "investment protection," or "investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)," into your search engine, and you’ll find misleading information abounds. There is a serious game of deception going on, and the same old isolationist critics are hoping you don’t notice the con they are trying to pull-off.

Regulation Nation: Federal Bureaucracy is as Busy as Ever

While federal agencies write more rules to implement Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, and environmental laws, we're stuck with slower economic growth, fewer jobs, and lower incomes.

Gamblers, Napkins, and Rescues: Meet April’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Nominees

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Once again, we’ve combed over the nation’s most outrageous, foolish lawsuits yet for April’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month Poll! Read more and cast a vote for which of these lawsuits you think is the most ridiculous

GAO: Federal Agencies Do Little to Track Progress or Costs of Environmental Reviews

If this nation is to create more jobs, it has to begin building again. For this to occur, permit streamlining is a must, and these findings confirm the lack of management and delays in the current environmental review process.

Will They or Won’t They? The Stakes for the President’s Trade Talks in Asia

Photo: Kent Nishimura for Bloomberg

Air Force One will take President Obama to Asia next week. He will make stops in Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. By any standard, this visit is hugely important for U.S. relations in the region and an example of this administration’s commitment to the rebalance to Asia.

One issue up for discussion – the unfinished U.S. trade agreement with 11 Asia-Pacific nations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).