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    Lawmakers’ Currency Demands Could Backfire on U.S. Exporters

    A number of U.S. legislators want to give the Obama Administration the power to impose tariffs on imports from countries that manipulate their currencies. Such a policy could boomerang on U.S. exporters if other governments follow suit, since reductions in the value of the dollar in recent years could be … More

    Russia Should Drop “You Are with Us or Against Us” Mantra

    Recently, several of Russia’s “younger siblings,” such as Ukraine and Moldova, finally got a chance to partially break from the Russian bear hug and opt for a closer integration with the West. They are members of the Eastern Partnership with the European Union, a close cooperation program with the EU, … More

    Apple Wins Latest Round Against Samsung Thanks to the Obama Administration

    Apple achieved another protectionist victory Tuesday in its ongoing battle with South Korea’s Samsung when the Obama Administration decided not to veto an import ban on certain older model Samsung smartphones and tablets. This would not have been news except for a recent Administration decision to veto a similar ban … More

    U.S. Should Support Full Integration of Taiwan into Regional Economy

    A growing economic relationship between Taiwan and India would be a very positive development in Taiwan’s effort to become fully integrated into the regional economy. The U.S. should encourage it. Taiwan hopes that a recent report funded by India’s Ministry of External affairs and released by India’s Council for Research … More

    While Debt Crisis Looms, Washington Still Focused on Undoing Sequestration

    Lawmakers are on track to bargain away the one spending cut they got. The Washington Post reports that President Obama and a group of Republican Senators stalled on a budget deal on Thursday that revolved in part around the question of how to best renege on sequestration. Republicans want to … More

    Apple vs. Samsung: Why Is the Obama Administration Involved?

    Apple and Samsung have been fighting over cell phone patents for a while. Samsung won a round in June when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in its favor on certain patents, blocking sale of some older Apple products. The Obama Administration last week overturned the ruling. The Administration … More

    Critics Resort to Canned Rhetoric in Goldman Sachs Attack

    Goldman Sachs and other big banks have been accused of costing American consumers more than $5 billion over the past three years through its dealings in the obscure business of warehousing aluminum. These dealings were the subject of a Senate hearing on July 23. The rhetoric level was high, exemplified … More

    Trade Agreements Can Advance Economic Freedom

    The United States is currently engaged in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations designed to reduce barriers to international trade and investment. The latest text from these negotiations shows how trade agreements, if properly designed and implemented, help advance economic freedom around the world. Among other things, the draft text calls … More

    Good News! Obama’s Sequester Cuts USDOC Programs!

    As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, earlier this month an official from the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) warned that many activities at USDOC—such as the activities of the USDOC’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service—will have to be scaled back due to … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Day Four: As a New Draft Arrives, China Speaks and the EU Begs

    The fireworks at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference in New York started late on Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon, the atmosphere, which had in previous days been calm, felt like last July, when the last negotiating conference collapsed into failure. The fun began with an intervention on Wednesday by … More