Congress votes to avert Medicare doctor pay cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to avert a 25 percent pay cut for doctors treating patients covered by the federal Medicare health insurance program for the elderly won final U.S. congressional approval on Thursday. Read more

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

Karzai’s Response to Cables Relieves U.S.

A cache of leaked American diplomatic cables quoted Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, describing President Hamid Karzai’s “inability to grasp the most rudimentary principles of state-building.” Read more…