Obama pushes export reforms, eyes Russia in WTO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday voiced strong support for Russian membership in the World Trade Organization as he laid out an overhaul of export controls to help U.S. high-tech firms increase foreign sales. Read more

Food safety overhaul depends on spending bill

Food safety overhaul depends on spending bill

The biggest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades took a major step toward becoming law on Wednesday when House Democratic leaders folded it into a must-pass bill to fund the U.S. government. The House passed the spending bill on Wednesday and the Senate was expected to consider it over the next few […]

China, North Korea reported near consensus

China, North Korea reported near consensus

China and North Korea reached consensus on the Korean peninsula crisis after “candid” talks, Chinese state media reported, which analysts said suggested Pyongyang likely agreed not to inflame the situation. The meeting came as Beijing and Washington continued to trade barbs over how best to deal with the spike in tension on the divided peninsula, […]

Tax deal moves forward despite doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan by President Barack Obama to broadly extend tax cuts moved forward on Wednesday despite opposition from his own Democrats and fear in bond markets of long-term damage to the economy. Read more

Defense chief Gates to visit China next month

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit China next month, as the world’s two largest economies try to repair a relationship that has been battered by arguments about military exercises and Taiwan. Read more

House bars moving Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation to prohibit moving terrorism suspects from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil, a blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to prosecute them in criminal courts. Read more

House passes "Dream Act" immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives approved a controversial measure on Wednesday providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16. Read more

House passes slimmed-down spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives Wednesday approved a slimmed-down spending bill that funds many of President Barack Obama’s top priorities but denies him billions of additional dollars he had sought for government operations. Read more