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09/19/11
By Erin Allworth, Boston Globe In June, an American Superconductor Corp. field crew in China doing routine inspections of wind turbines for the company’s biggest customer noticed something was not right. The blades were spinning on a turbine thought to be out of operation. Once they opened the machine, the team from the Devens-based company made a startling find. Someone had replicated American Superconductor’s electrical control system software almost perfectly. Only an identification number was off.
09/19/11
Peter Navarro and Greg Autry, Huffington Post On September 16, Carl Levin joined fellow Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow in calling for an investigation into the strong-arm tactics China uses to force American firms into technology transfers. Levin, a Democrat, has often been less than forceful in dealing with China. The senator supported permanent Most Favored Nation (MFN) status for the communist regime, and opposed amendments that would have forced action on China's currency manipulation and human rights violations. Earlier this year he took Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to task for stating that China presents a "mortal threat" to America.
09/16/11
Greece Post Congresswoman Kathy Hochul toured a business owned by her one-time opponent Jack Davis on Friday and spoke out against free trade policies.
09/16/11
Farm Futures The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to allow direct cash transfers between U.S. and Cuban financial institutions. Currently sales to Cuba have to be routed through a bank in another country. The amendment, which was sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was passed by the committee on a vote of 20-10.
09/16/11
Karl Rusnak, Economy In Crisis Fears of a double dip recession were not dissuaded by Thursday’s unexpectedly high jobless claims report. Analysts had been predicting the new number would come in at 410,000 new claims. That would have been a bad enough sign for the economy, but the actual number was 18,000 claims higher. This is just more evidence that we need to change the way we handle our economy.
09/16/11
The Wall Street Journal The American Medical Association and specialty medical groups for Pediatrics (AAP), Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and Medical Students (AMSA), the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) and other public health experts called on trade officials to reverse course and protect health, as the U.S. and eight other Pacific Rim nations gathered this week in Chicago for talks on a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
09/15/11
Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News Harco Manufacturing Group, a local auto components producer, had about 500 employees when it operated in Englewood several years ago.
09/15/11
Timothy A. Wise, TripleCrisis Three years into the Obama Administration, progressives have no shortage of complaints about the president’s economic policies, which seem very much at odds with Candidate Obama’s soaring rhetoric. Economic policies have been centrist at best. Unfortunately, the President’s trade policies may be further to the right than that. He is now counting primarily on Republican votes to push three Bush-era trade agreements, with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. And his trade negotiators are in Chicago wrapping up a negotiating session on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which he promised would be his signature “21st century trade agreement,” unencumbered by Bush-era provisions.
09/15/11
Rhonda Heumiller, Beloit Daily News People across this country continue to blame Obama for jobs. When in fact job loss has been going on for a long time, long before Obama.
09/15/11
Curtis Ellis A new national poll shows an overwhelming majority of voters oppose a key component of President Obama’s jobs plan and believe it will actually cost jobs. The President is calling for passage of trade deals with Panama, Colombia and Korea.

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