U.S. diplomats may be out in the cold for a while

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If you are a U.S. diplomat accustomed to coaxing, cajoling or strong-arming governments behind closed doors, you will be out in the cold, at least for a while, because of WikiLeaks. Read more

Obama touts S.Korea trade deal, looks for more

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed at the weekend to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model for future agreements he would seek in Asia and around the world. Read more

Senate bid to renew "middle-class" tax cuts fails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic measures to extend tax cuts for most Americans failed in the Senate on Saturday as Republicans — and some Democrats — blocked them because they did not also extend low rates for the wealthy. Read more

Obama touts South Korea trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model for future agreements he would seek in Asia and around the world. Read more

Senate bid to renew "middle class" tax cuts fails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic measures to extend tax cuts for most Americans, but not additional low rates for the wealthiest, failed in the Senate on Saturday, as Republicans and some Democrats blocked the plans. Read more

U.S. and South Korea welcome long-awaited trade deal

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea welcomed a free trade deal reached after a three-year delay which U.S. President Barack Obama said would boost exports to South Korea by $11 billion and support at least 70,000 American jobs. Read more

Obama visits Afghanistan, says U.S. making progress

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday, praised U.S. troops for their sacrifice and ‘important progress’ in a nine-year war that is increasingly unpopular at home. Read more

Wife of Justice Thomas regrets call to Hill

BOSTON (Reuters) – The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said on Friday that a recent telephone call to Anita Hill, the woman at the center of a 1991 furor at Thomas’s confirmation hearing, was probably a mistake. Read more