Politics Barack Obama

  • Commuters ride past the Patuxay tower and a sign for the 49th annual ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 23.

    The capital of Laos, a secretive, landlocked country, will spring to life next week when global leaders arrive for a key Asian summit.

  • MILLINOCKET, Maine— Among the empty storefronts on once-bustling Penobscot Avenue, longtime resident Jean McLean stood in her art gallery, the sole employee left at a business that once had three. Yet many residents have opposed a significant proposal aimed at helping: the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, created this week by President Barack...

  • Last year, the U.S. ran a $334 billion trade deficit with China— $500 billion with the entire world. Hillary Clinton broke with President Barrack Obama by opposing an Asia-Pacific trade agreement that she had supported as secretary of state. Donald Trump vows to tear up existing trade deals and to slap huge tariffs on Chinese imports.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- The Obama administration proposed a rule on Friday aimed at attracting thousands of immigrant entrepreneurs to start companies in the United States. The proposed rule is part of Obama's commitment to "attracting the world's best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next great companies here," Tom Kalil, a technology policy adviser at...

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  • President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) after a joint press conference on November 12, 2014 in Beijing.

    China and the U.S. are set to jointly announce their ratification of a landmark climate change pact before the G20 summit, the SCMP reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate will not vote on President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade deal this year, punting it to the next president for changes and consideration. The statement appeared to dash White House hopes for a vote to approve the 12- country Trans-Pacific Partnership...

  • The U.S. Department of Education has banned the for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. The chain, based in Indiana, is still paying another $44 million demanded by the department in June for the same reason. Education Secretary John King said the government is taking action to protect...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate will not vote on President Barack Obama's signature Pacific trade deal this year, punting it to the next president for consideration, The Hill newspaper reported. "The current agreement, the Trans-Pacific, which has some serious flaws, will not be acted upon this year,"...

  • The silhouette of Donald Trump

    The future of the Republican Party — after Donald Trump — is weighing heavily on elected officials, leaders and activists, NBC News reports.

  • NEW YORK— In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality— in this case, a 360- degree representation of Yosemite National Park. National Geographic joined Facebook's Oculus Studios and VR specialists Felix& Paul Studios to produce the free video, which came out Thursday to...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is nominating current World Bank President Jim Yong Kim for a second term leading the 189- nation international lending organization. In making the announcement Thursday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew praised Kim for using his first term at the World Bank to effectively address "today's most pressing global challenges...

  • Must Read: New thinking Fed

    The "Worldwide Exchange" crew discusses some of the morning's top attention-grabbing headlines, including a story in the Wall Street Journal written by Kevin Warsh titled, "The Federal Reserve needs new thinking," and a Clarice Navarro piece from USA Today titled, "Take a hard look at the message."

  • The backlash against trade threatens a pillar of U.S. policy since World War II: Through trade pacts and institutions like the World Trade Organization, the United States has sought to rip down barriers to global commerce, including quotas and taxes on imports. But doubts lingered, especially as China emerged as an economic power. Whatever the reasons, the United...

  • AMATRICE, Italy— Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors Thursday from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble. The magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. on Wednesday and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents woke to a long swaying followed by...

  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, greets United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a campaign rally on August 24, 2016 in Jackson, Mississippi.

    Donald Trump escalated his line of attack and labeled Hillary Clinton a "bigot" in his bid to appeal to minority voters, NBC News reports.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Wednesday it paid $1.3 billion in interest to Iran in January to resolve a decades-old dispute over an undelivered military sale, two days after allowing $400 million in cash to fly to Tehran. On Jan. 17, the administration paid Iran the account's $400 million principal in pallets of euros, Swiss francs and other foreign...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— President Barack Obama on Wednesday created a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Katahdin Woods and Waters monument includes the East Branch of the Penobscot...

  • Then along came Jeffrey Bullock, the newly appointed secretary of state for Delaware. Delaware's second-biggest biggest source of revenue was fees from few-questions-asked company registrations and other corporate services. The global pushback against shell companies was threatening to dim Delaware's longstanding appeal as a secretive corporate...

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