AirTalk for May 13, 2010

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In a new poll from the Pew Research Center, a broad majority of Americans supported controversial provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law—and further would empower police to question anyone they believe may be in the United States illegally. A separate NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that while most Americans approve of the Arizona law, Hispanics strongly oppose it. Meanwhile, the City of Los Angeles voted yesterday to boycott Arizona over its new immigration policy. What effect will the controversy have nationally? Will Congress tackle immigration reform?
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There are always winners and losers in the contest to provide the best technology for the lowest price—today’s combatants seem to be Apple and Google. Phones running Google’s Android operating system may soon outstrip Apple’s iPhone in sales. And Google and Verizon are now working on a challenge to Apple’s iPad. When it comes to television Time-Warner is working TV Anywhere, a platform that could compete with Hulu's online streaming TV. What will the uber gadget-platform of the future look like and who will profit from it?
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Senate climate bill faces uphill battle

Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman have unveiled the American Power Act, their climate bill that aims to curtail global warming-related emissions, reduce oil imports, and create energy-related jobs. The legislation would cut emissions from carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020 and by more than 80 percent by 2050. In response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the bill was changed recently to allow states to prohibit offshore drilling within 75 miles of their coasts, while provisions were kept to encourage offshore exploration. But the climate bill faces a tough challenge to get passed. Senator Lindsay Graham, the bill's only Republican backer, withdrew his support last week, citing problems created by the Gulf oil spill and a need to focus on immigration reform. What are the chances of climate legislation passing the Senate?
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Performance anxiety on the job?

Performance review day—boss either criticizes past slip ups you can’t change, or gives vague, unhelpful praise. Sound familiar? UCLA business school professor Samuel Culbert believes most reviews leave subordinates feeling deflated—while managers give passing marks to underperforming employees to keep their own ratings from slipping. Culbert says we should shift to forward-looking performance previews, where workers and bosses collaborate on an ongoing basis to ensure results. Is the performance review a thing of the past? Or are we simply daydreaming on the job?
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