U.S. Independence Day Celebration

The founders of the United States knew that independence was something to celebrate. And although U.S. Independence Day celebrations have evolved over time, July 4th festivities remain an important part of American life. But Independence Day wasn’t supposed to be on
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White House on Cancellation of Obama’s Trip to Asia

Due to the government shut-down, President Obama’s travel to Indonesia and Brunei has been cancelled. The President made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans (more...)

A Female Driver Was Shot Dead By Police Near the U.S. Capitol

A female driver was shot dead by police near the U.S. Capitol in Washington after she tried to drive through a barricade near the White House, according to the media. The incident happened during a partial government shutdown. The witness said to reporters, the driver accelerated in reverse, smashing (more...)

Half a Century Ago, John F. Kennedy Addressed United Nations

“We meet again in the quest for peace.” On September 20, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy greeted the U.N. General Assembly with those words and outlined his vision for a world moving beyond the shadow of war to a future of hope and peace. “The world has not escaped (more...)

Trade with Emerging Markets Benefits U.S., Study Says

Rapid economic growth in emerging economies benefits the U.S. economy by expanding markets for U.S. exports and providing U.S. producers and consumers with cheaper and more varied goods, according to a new study. The study, Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States?, published (more...)

Russian, U.S. Officials Agree on Plan to Increase Trade

Russian and U.S. trade officials announced agreement March 18 on an action plan for 2013–2014 that will serve as a framework to guide bilateral economic cooperation. Making the agreement were Alexey Likhachev, Russia’s deputy minister of economic development, and Michael Camuñez, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for (more...)

Uzbekistan, U.S. Cooperate for Peace in Afghanistan

Uzbekistan and the United States are working together for peace in Afghanistan, a message underlined during the March 12 meeting in Washington between Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (shown above). Speaking to the press shortly before their meeting, Kerry noted the (more...)

Dip in U.S. Unemployment Shows Recovery “Gaining Traction”

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Labor’s jobs report for the month of February showed that 246,000 Americans were hired for new jobs, and the U.S. unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.7 percent, the lowest recorded level since December 2008. Alan Krueger, chairman (more...)

Senate Confirms Hagel Will Be Next Defense Secretary

By a vote of 58–41, the U.S. Senate on February 26 confirmed Chuck Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, as the next secretary of defense. Under the U.S. Constitution, the Senate has a duty to “advise and consent” on the president’s Cabinet nominees, a duty it exercises (more...)

U.S. Government on Russia’s Suspension of U.S. Meat Imports

As of February 11, 2013, Russia is prohibiting imports of all U.S. beef, pork, turkey and other meat products by requiring a zero tolerance for the presence of ractopamine. Ractopamine is a safe additive for animal feed that is used in 27 countries, and has been shown (more...)

U.S. Economy Stalls, but Maintains Its Growth Potential

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) shrank at an annualized rate of 0.1 percent during the last quarter of 2012, according to its initial estimate, citing a reduction in U.S. government spending, private inventory investments, exports (more...)

John Kerry: The Next Secretary of State

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Massachusetts’ John Kerry is moving from the U.S. Senate — where he offered advice and consent on U.S. foreign policy — to the State Department, where he will implement it. On January 29, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Kerry as the next secretary (more...)

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened in November

The U.S. trade deficit expanded to a seven-month high in November at $48.7 billion, reflecting a rise in the U.S. import of consumer goods from its trading partners around the world, according to data released January 11 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau and Bureau (more...)

U.S. Presidential Transitions: Second Terms

U.S. Elections The roughly 75 days between a U.S. presidential election and the inauguration are as important to a second-term president as they are to a newly elected president, but the priorities are different. A re-elected president is not under time pressure to fill a full slate of top (more...)

Jack Lew Nominated as Obama’s Treasury Secretary

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer President Obama has nominated White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to serve as the secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Lew will be in charge of overseeing U.S. financial security and will serve as the president’s chief economic (more...)