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Mar162016

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America’s consumers spent more than $12 trillion last year on all kinds of stuff, including new cars, furniture, clothes, groceries, beauty products, electronics, visits to doctors and dentists, and tickets to sporting events and movies. The Bureau of Economic Analysis produces a slew of data on what people buy and how much they spend. It’s a critical piece of economic information.

Mar152016

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With the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool in 2011, the International Trade Administration (ITA) created a free, online mechanism to enable U.S. businesses to quickly and easily calculate the tariff benefits on their exports to U.S. free trade agreement partner countries.

Mar142016

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I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, and the last thing I was thinking about was Women’s History Month. I happened to bring along The Economist—mostly because it was easy to carry—and when I flipped to the lighter sections at the back I stumbled upon a review of The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe, by Elaine Showalter.

Mar112016

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Europe and the United States have a long history of deep political and economic ties. Our economic relationship is the largest in the world, with goods and services trade between us totaling about $2.7 billion a day. It should come as no surprise that these linkages extend to the digital realm as well. In fact, $260 billion in digital services trade moves between the U.S. and the EU annually.

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