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Appeals Court Tells NAM to Name Names

A federal appeals court today upheld a main provision of the Democrats’ new ethics-reform law, requiring trade associations and secret lobbying coalitions to disclose the names of their members.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision rejecting a legal challenge by the National Association of Manufacturers and other business lobbying organizations. The industry’s lawsuit said trade groups have a First Amendment right not to make public the names of their member companies.


Source: Wall Street Journal


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Manufacturing on the Mend, NAM Says

The National Association of Manufacturers issued a cautiously optimistic prognosis for the U.S. economy and the manufacturing sector on the eve of the Labor Day weekend, based on signs of stabilization in a number of key areas.


Among the positive indications that a recovery is starting to sprout are improvements in the housing market, increased activity in European markets, and new orders for capital goods, the group’s “Labor Day 2009” report states. However, the NAM warned of the fragility of the recovery.


Source: Managing Automation


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Productivity Trends in Wholesale Trade and Manufacturing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2008 overview of productivity and costs for the wholesale trade sector. The BLS reported that labor productivity fell 0.3% as output declined 0.8% in wholesale trade from 2007 to 2008.


Source: Modern Distribution Management


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White House Names Manufacturing Adviser

President Obama has named Ron Bloom as the administration’s senior counselor for manufacturing policy, the White House said Sunday night. The announcement came ahead of Mr. Obama’s planned remarks at the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s annual Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati.


Source: New York Times


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July Construction Spending Decreases 0.2%

US construction spending unexpectedly fell by 0.2% in July to its lowest level since February 2004 as private nonresidential construction fell for the third consecutive month and public construction saw its first decline since January, the Commerce Department reported today.


Economists were expecting spending to be unchanged in the month after rising 0.3% in June, which has since been revised down to a 0.1% rise.


Source: Reuters


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