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New Report: China’s Solar Companies Use Forced Labor

Solar panels being installed on a rooftop. Getty Images Researchers at Horizon Advisory found forced labor in Xinjiang is likely being utilized by China’s polysilicon industry and related supply chain. Back in 2014, my colleague Brian Lombardozzi authored a four-part series examining what he called “the true cost of Chinese solar panels.” Brian outlined how…

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Congress Keeps on Rolling

Getty Images This week, despite a riot, it certified the election of the next American president. Last week it passed a big, important defense bill. On Wednesday a mob – unable to come to grips with the reality that its presidential candidate lost a fair election in November – stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington,…

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With Campaign Wins in Georgia, Democrats Control the Senate. What Does That Mean for Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan?

There’s strong bipartisan support for infrastructure investment, but efforts to move the process forward have stalled. Will the incoming administration be able to get the job done? Getty Images With ambitious goals for infrastructure and clean energy, Democratic control of Congress offers more hope that significant investment can happen under the incoming Biden presidency. It…

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FTC Issues Highest Monetary Judgment Ever in a Made in USA Labeling Case

Penalties for false Made in USA labeling have historically been weak. In some cases, companies that deceptively labeled imported products didn’t even have to admit fault. But the FTC issued financial penalties in two recent cases, and appears to be moving toward stronger enforcement. Getty Images Chemence, Inc., and its president will have to pay…

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The United States Can’t Build Back Better Without Investing in American Workers

Getty Images Companies often complain about the “skills gap.” But the public and private sector aren’t doing enough to train workers and line them up with good-paying jobs. Editor’s note: This is the ninth entry in our 10-part series examining the policies and priorities that President-elect Joe Biden should focus on as he looks to lead…