"American Idol" star Kelly Clarkson performs "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration; Richard Blanco reads the inaugural poem; Reverend Luis Leon gives the benediction; and Beyonce sings the "National Anthem" accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band.» Read More
WASHINGTON-- Vice President Joe Biden is planning a gun control event next Tuesday at the White House. It's Biden's first event focusing specifically on gun control since a major Senate vote on expanding background checks failed in April, although the White House held a mental health conference earlier in June.
SAO PAULO, June 7- President Dilma Rousseff's big gamble for 2013 was that Brazil had matured enough for investors to accept permanently lower interest rates, looser fiscal policy, and lower returns on big infrastructure projects like new highways.
SAO PAULO, June 4- Brazil is closer to choosing Boeing Co.' s F-18 for one of the developing world's most sought-after defense contracts after U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden wound up a visit to Brazil on Friday saying it was high time the two largest economies in the Americas became closer partners in trade, investment and energy. Biden praised Brazil for recently writing off $900 million in African debt, saying it showed the emergence of Brazil as a "responsible" nation on the world stage.
Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Brazil on Wednesday to open its economy further to keep up with free trade trends worldwide as he started a visit aimed at boosting business between the two largest economies in the Americas.
Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Brazil on Wednesday to open its economy further to keep up with free trade trends worldwide, at the start of a visit aimed at boosting business between the two largest economies in the Americas.
Vice President Joe Biden began a three-day visit to Latin America's biggest country on Wednesday to meet Brazilian government and business leaders as Washington gears up for a planned state visit by President Dilma Rousseff later this year.
The chances of a deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would overhaul the U.S. tax system, trim government spending and reform safety net spending programs appear to be fading.
And a spate of scandals, involving the Internal Revenue Service, security for the U.S. mission in Benghazi and the seizure of phone records from the Associated Press news agency, has distracted Congress and the White House. But, he said, "the chances that this Congress does anything useful, which were already low, are even lower."
ROME- Italian centre-left politician Enrico Letta received a mandate to form a new government from President Giorgio Napolitano, an official at the Quirinale Palace announced on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 18- Three women lawyers at the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division are on the short list to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Federal Trade Commission, according to sources knowledgeable about the process.
WASHINGTON, April 12- President Barack Obama has asked a mother whose 6- year-old son was killed in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre to deliver his weekly radio address, an unusual move expected to turn up the pressure on Congress to pass tougher gun control laws.
WASHINGTON, April 5- The United States hopes to use a proposed regional free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific and another with the European Union to reshape global rules for trade, Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday.
NEW YORK, March 23- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch advocate of tougher gun control laws, will bankroll a $12 million national advertising campaign aimed at key members in the U.S. Senate, the mayor said in an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday.
WASHINGTON, March 13- Global oil market conditions are ripe for the West to further pressure Iran over its nuclear program, but the window will likely close next year as fuel demand is expected to rise in Asia, a report to be released on Wednesday said.
*Obama discusses deficit reduction with Paul Ryan. President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction deal when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives' leading fiscal conservatives.
President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction bargain when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives' leading fiscal conservatives.
UNITED NATIONS- The United States and China have struck a tentative deal on a draft U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution that would punish North Korea for its third nuclear test, which it conducted last month, U.N. diplomats said on Monday.
WASHINGTON, March 1- President Barack Obama began a meeting with congressional leaders on Friday to discuss a series of automatic spending cuts that start to take effect later in the day, talks that were not expected to result in a last-minute deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The top U.S. Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, said that major tax reform remains his top 2013 goal. Camp, of Michigan, leads one of the most coveted panels in Congress, with power over tax, healthcare financing and trade.