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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…

With help from billionaire Warren Buffett, U.N. sets up nuclear fuel ‘bank’

After years of debate and a fundraising campaign launched by investor Warren Buffett, the U.N. atomic agency decided Friday to set up a $150 million uranium fuel “bank” aimed at…

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…

72 super PACs spent $83.7 million on election, financial disclosure reports show

The newly created independent political groups known as super PACs, which raised and spent millions of dollars on last month’s elections, drew much of their funding from private-equity partners and…

Military service chiefs wary of ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on gays

Top commanders of the Army, Air Force and Navy highlighted the fissures of a military struggling with how to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” as they told a Senate panel…

Administration proposes listing Arctic seals as threatened

The Obama administration proposed listing six subspecies of ice-dependent seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on the grounds that diminishing sea ice in the Arctic threatens their survival.…

The Caucus: Another White House Visit for Altman

When Roger C. Altman was spotted at the White House for a second time, speculation reignited that the investment banker is a leading candidate to become the next director of…

Clinton engages with Iran

In a rare face-to-face, she urges them toward “constructive engagement” in nuke talks. Read more……

Deficit plan wins 11 of 18 votes; more than expected, but not enough to force action

Eleven of the 18 members of President Obama’s fiscal commission voted Friday to embrace a bipartisan commission’s controversial plan to slash deficits by nearly $4 trillion over the next decade…

FiveThirtyEight: Scott Brown Was an Outlier After All

A new poll in Massachusetts suggests that Republican Senator Scott Brown is in relatively good shape for re-election. But is he? Read more……