Annette Taddeo, on the Ed Show discuss the new make-up of the American electorate.

Republicans are going to have to deal with the new reality: yesterday’s election came down to demographics. State Sen. Nina Turner (D-OH), and Annette Taddeo, a former candidate for U.S. Congress (D-FL), discuss the new make-up of the American electorate.

Today Taddeo (Colombian), is considered a rising Hispanic figure in Florida politics, she is a prolific fundraiser and she is a regular guest for Hispanic radio & TV shows. Annette continues to serve her community and her country through her leadership in numerous organizations where she is actively involved. She currently serves on the National Board of the Non-Partisan Women’s Campaign Forum and is on the Advisory Board of Hands on Miami.

Source: Ed Show @EdShow – @Annette_Taddeo, AnnetteTaddeo.com

FACTBOX-Colombia’s winners, losers in U.S. free trade deal

Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:53am GMT
 Oct 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved a long-delayed trade pact Colombia, along with deals with South Korea and Panama.

Here is an assessment of some possible winners and losers emerging from the U.S.-Colombia accord.

WINNERS

* Macroeconomy

The deal could add 0.5 to 1.0 percentage points to Colombian GDP growth and is expected to help Colombia triple exports to the United States over the next five or six years, from $17 billion a year currently to some $50 billion, Commerce Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados said. Non-mineral exports will generate an additional 300,000 jobs over the same period, the minister said.

* Flowers and other plants

Colombia is the world’s second-largest exporter of cut flowers after the Netherlands and the largest supplier to the U.S. market. Seventy-six percent of the $1.24 billion in flowers Colombia shipped globally last year went to the United States. Colombia had preferential tariff access since the early 1990s under the Andean Trade Preferences Act but that legislation expired in February and Colombian flowers were slapped with duties ranging from 3.2 percent to 7 percent. With the free-trade agreement, those duties will be eliminated.

Textiles and clothing

The Andean nation last year boosted clothing and textile exports to the United States by 17.4 percent versus 2009. Since the expiration of the trade preferences act, Colombian products such as children’s clothes, jeans, underwear and sheets are paying duties averaging between 25 percent and 35 percent. Now they will be tariff-free, saving millions of dollars per year.  

Source: Reuters

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‘Llegó el momento de pensar en grande’: Juan Manuel Santos

“Llegó el momento de pensar en  grande y de trabajar para tener una implementación exitosa de este tratado”, señaló Santos en la Casa de huéspedes ilustres de la Presidencia.

El mandatario también calificó el tratado como el “más importante que hemos firmado en nuestra historia”.

Agradeció al presidente de Estados Unidos, “Obama cumplió su palabra”, dijo, y también al Congreso  de ese país. Reconoció la labor del ex presidente Álvaro Uribe y su Gobierno, y de los funcionarios actuales.

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President Obama Signs Debt Deal as Next Fight Looms

Aug. 2, 2011
Hours before the U.S. faced a first-ever default, President Obama signed into law a compromise deal that averts a crisis by raising the debt limit, but signaled that he will not abandon his stalled efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“It’s an important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep making key investments in things like education and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we’re not cutting too abruptly while the economy’s still fragile,” Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden before signing the bill.

Moments before his remarks, senators voted 74 to 26 to pass the Budget Control Act, the last hurdle for the controversial measure that was first approved by the House Monday night, making a $2.4 trillion down-payment on the federal deficit over the next 10 years.

Obama’s signature ends a bruising Washington-made crisis that has gripped the country and lifts what the administration has called a “cloud of uncertainty hanging over the economy.”

By DEVIN DWYER (@devindwyer) and SUNLEN MILLER (@sunlenmiller)

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