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November 13, 2012
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National Pulse 
  • Business groups to Washington: You're "playing with nitroglycerin"
    Business leaders are turning up the heat on Congress and the administration to find a solution to the nation's debt crisis and avoid the "fiscal cliff." The Business Roundtable and the Campaign to Fix the Debt are running ads warning of the consequences of inaction. "If the last debt ceiling was playing with fire, this time they're playing with nitroglycerin," says Honeywell Chair and CEO David Cote in several of the ads. Time.com (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Agenda Items 
  • Condoleezza Rice urges leaders to ignore the headlines
      
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    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has some sage words of advice for politicians and business leaders as they navigate the uncertainty that afflicts the global political and economic landscape: "Today's headlines and history's judgment are rarely the same." Numerous business leaders have written letters and otherwise made public their wishes that lawmakers in Washington would come together to solve mounting fiscal concerns. But in a world where business leaders often face the pressure of the immediacy in the form of shareholders and stock prices, many would do well to apply Rice's advice to their own corporate governance. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Poll: 96% of Americans want Congress to tackle jobs crisis
      
    Reuters
    Fully 96% of Americans say it's important that Congress tackles unemployment, and just 2% say jobs shouldn't be a top priority for lawmakers, according to a United Technologies/National Journal poll. Respondents classed unemployment as a greater political priority than tackling the budget deficit, improving education, overhauling U.S. energy policy or fixing the immigration system. National Journal (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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SmartQuote 
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
--Josef Stalin, former premier of the Soviet Union
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