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Lobby Groups to Use Town Hall Tactics to Oppose Climate Bill

Taking a cue from angry protests against the Obama Administration’s health care restructuring, the oil industry is helping organize anti-climate bill rallies around the nation.

 

The American Petroleum Institute, along with other organizations such as the National Association of Manufacturers opposed to the climate legislation Congress will consider again in the fall, is funding rallies across 20 states over the August recess.

 

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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U.S. Imports Rose as Trade Deficit Widened in June

The gap between what the United States imports and what it exports widened in June, the government reported on Wednesday.

 

But economists saw some good news in the larger deficit, which had narrowed in recent months as the volume of trade between the United States and the rest of the world dwindled.

 

Source: New York Times

 

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Rise in Manufacturing Technology Brings More Hope for Recovery

On the heels of a slight dip in the national unemployment rate (from 9.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July) comes word that manufacturing technology consumption, a key indicator related directly to jobs, jumped 22 percent from May to June.

 

Manufacturing technology consumption (metal cutting, forming and fabrication) in the Midwest increased by 29 percent in June, according to according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association — the organizations that commission monthly small manufacturing production reports.

 

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

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Industrial Manufacturers Less Pessimistic

Pessimism over U.S. and global economies is declining among U.S. industrial manufacturers. Although the majority continue to view global economies as declining in the second quarter of this year, the overall outlook through the second quarter of 2010 shows improvement.

 

Source: Business Journal Daily

 

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Small Businesses Chase Big Stimulus Money

Small business owner Lori Becker has her eyes fixed on a big prize: government contracts flowing from the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

 

Becker is president and chief executive of Publishing Solutions Group, a Boston-based publishing-services company, which has submitted about a dozen contract bids since July.

 

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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