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  • And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8...

  • FireEye Inc, a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Inc's Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's ubiquitous Windows operating system. FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who...

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, "She wants to make it a gender-based...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday. India on Thursday proposed an amendment to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which calls on...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The U.S. government would get a larger share of oil and gas revenue from federal land under a proposal announced by the Interior Department on Friday. Reforms will "ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return from energy resources developed on their public lands," Neil Kornze, director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Land...

  • President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday urged Greek leaders to make economic reforms as they continue to see additional financial aid to shore up its economy. Speaking at a news conference following a meeting between the two leaders, Renzi said Europe must also work to reach an agreement with Greece and that the vote of...

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit not just America's businesses but also its workers, anticipating Democratic concerns the deal would cost U.S. jobs. Congressional Democrats drew battle lines on Friday over a new bill that would give the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate...

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit not just U.S. businesses, but also American workers. Obama said during a news conference that some Democrats and labor unions would oppose the deal, while others "believe that we cannot stop a global economy at our shores." But he said previous trade...

  • WASHINGTON— Conceding that trade is a difficult topic for his Democratic Party, President Barack Obama on Friday defended his efforts to broaden commerce with Asia and Europe and warned critics that opposition would give China a leg up in setting the rules for international trade. In a news conference at the White House, Obama sought to reassure critics by...

  • "Now that Congress is considering important bipartisan legislation for trade promotion authority, TTIP negotiations need to make major progress this year," Obama said at a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House.

  • New trade deal could block generic drugs from US Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:53 AM ET
    Pharmaceuticals

    Consumer advocates worry a new trade deal could could make generic drugs harder to bring to market, reports The Fiscal Times.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States will hold cabinet-level trade talks from this weekend, but are unlikely to seal a final deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, by a summit this month, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday. A U.S.- Japan deal is considered vital to the success of a long-delayed Trans-Pacific...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20 s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The current portrait of former President...

  • Pacific trade deal takes baby steps Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:51 AM ET
    Ron Wyden (D-OR), left, and Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), speak during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Congress and U.S. Tariff Policy on April 16, 2015 in Washington.

    Lawmakers agree on the wording of a bill aimed at giving the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a Pacific trade pact.

  • *USTR Froman reportedly to visit Tokyo for ministerial talks. TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States look set to hold cabinet-level trade talks in coming days as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit this month. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo to meet...

  • TOKYO— Top Japan and U.S. trade officials plan to meet this weekend, seeking to close gaps over autos and farm trade before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington later this month. The U.S. and Japan must agree on market-opening measures before the 12 countries involved can reach a long-delayed final accord on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, a...

  • *USTR Froman reportedly to visit Tokyo for ministerial talks. TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States look set to hold cabinet-level trade talks in coming days as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit this month. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo to meet...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan sought on Friday to hold bilateral ministerial trade talks with the United States as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit later this month. Passage of the bill, which Japan sees as crucial for success in the TPP talks, is far from assured.

  • Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo." Sander Levin, the senior Democrat of House Ways and Means Committee, declared he was "out to defeat" the legislation because, he said, it would...

  • Obama, Renzi pledge to focus on threats from Libya Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama pledged Friday to work more intensely with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on threats coming from instability in Libya that have led to an influx of migrants across the Mediterranean. "Given Italy's leadership role across the Mediterranean, the prime minister and I agreed to work together even more intensively to...