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US trade deficit narrows further December 10, 2011

US imports have stagnated over the last six months

The US trade deficit narrowed further in October as imports fell faster than exports, official data has shown.

Total exports of $179bn (£115bn) fell 0.8% from September, while imports fell 1% to $223bn, giving a total deficit of $43.5bn, or roughly 3.5% of GDP.

Imports have largely stagnated over the past six months as the US economy has slowed, while exports have continued their steady post-recession recovery.

The US Commerce Department data was in line with market expectations.

Imports have also been held down by the average price paid by the US for imported oil, which fell for the fifth month in a row to $98.84 per barrel.

It helped the trade deficit reach its lowest monthly level this year.

The US ratified new trade treaties with South Korea, Panama and Colombia in October – the first such treaties in four years.

The government expects the deals to boost US exports by $13bn a year in the future.

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Obama Commerce Nominee Tries to Reassure Republicans June 23, 2011

WASHINGTON — Former energy company executive John Bryson Tuesday sought to persuade Republicans he would be a strong voice for business in President Barack Obama’s administration if confirmed as Commerce Secretary.

“The reason that President Obama reached out to me was my business experience,” Bryson told the Senate Commerce Committee during a hearing in which he faced questions about his support for unpopular cap-and-trade legislation to curb carbon emissions believed to contribute to global climate change.

However, Sen, John Thune, R-S.D., said Bryson could have a hard time winning approval until Obama formally submits three long-delayed free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia to Congress for approval.

Republicans said three months ago they would oppose any of Obama’s trade nominees until he sends the deals to Congress and are still waiting for him to do that, Thune said.

Bryson served as chief executive of California utility Edison International from 1990 to 2008 before becoming chairman of BrightSource Energy, a solar energy company.

He told the Senate panel his top priority would be to help the U.S. economy create more jobs.

“If confirmed, I will be a voice in this administration for simplifying regulations that are difficult to understand and eliminating regulations that are unnecessary,” he said.

Bryson, who resigned last week from Boeing’s board of directors, also criticized the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to pursue a formal complaint against the aircraft manufacturer for its decision to site a 787 Dreamliner assembly line in non-union South Carolina.

“I think it’s not the right judgment,” Bryson said. “We thought we were doing the right thing for the country” by locating the jobs in South Carolina instead of moving them overseas, Bryson said.

The NRLB complaint asserts Boeing located the jobs in South Carolina to punish the International Association of Machinists for past strikes.

Before Tuesday’s hearing, Sen. John Barrasso, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, branded Bryson an “environmental extremist” for his support of cap-and-trade legislation that failed to clear the Senate and his role in founding the Natural Resource Defense Council, a leading environmental group.

No Republican used that term during the confirmation hearing on Tuesday, but Sen. Jim DeMint said he hoped Bryson would have the “courage to speak up against some of most anti-business policies I think we have ever seen in our country” under the Obama administration.

Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, pressed Bryson for assurances his support for cap-and-trade legislation did not mean he would press for phasing out the use of coal.

“No, not at all,” Bryson said, saying he believed the United States had to rely on a diverse mix of fuels.

© 2011 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

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Obama Touts Importance of Fatherhood June 19, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says kids need quality time, structure and unconditional love from their parents, calling being a dad sometimes his hardest job — but also the most rewarding.

Just ahead of Father’s Day, the president devoted his regular Saturday radio and Internet address to fatherhood, talking about growing up without a dad, his own failings as a father and the values he hopes to teach his daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10. He described the responsibilities that all fathers have to their children and said his administration is trying to help during tough economic times and long deployments for U.S. troops.

The president spoke of helping to coach Sasha’s basketball team. “In the end, that’s what being a parent is all about — those precious moments with our children that fill us with pride and excitement for their future; the chances we have to set an example or offer a piece of advice; the opportunities to just be there and show them that we love them,” he said.

Obama, who was raised largely by his grandparents in Hawaii after his father left when he was very young, also talked about what he wishes he’d done differently.

“I felt his absence. And I wonder what my life would have been like had he been a greater presence,” the president said.

“That’s why I’ve tried so hard to be a good dad for my own children. I haven’t always succeeded, of course — in the past, my job has kept me away from home more often than I liked, and the burden of raising two young girls would sometimes fall too heavily on Michelle.”

The president said he’s learned that what children need most is their parents’ time and a structure that instills self-discipline and responsibility, noting that even in the White House Malia and Sasha do their chores and walk the dog. “And above all, children need our unconditional love,” the president said, “whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough.”

Republicans used their weekly address to call for progress on pacts to expand trade with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The Obama administration wants the pacts but recently threatened to hold up final passage unless lawmakers agree to expand retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition. Republicans say that issue should be addressed separately by the president.

“For the good of our economy — and our country — he needs to send these free (trade) agreements to the U.S. Senate for approval now, so that U.S. workers and businesses can begin to realize their benefits,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in the GOP address.

“Our country needs the kind of pro-jobs, pro-growth policies that will help us live up to our vision of a strong, peaceful, prosperous America,” Hoeven said. “We have an opportunity right now to advance that vision and jumpstart the nation’s economy. Robust international trade can help us do it, and we can start by ratifying long-pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.”

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Online:

Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov

GOP address: www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress

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Fox Says it Will Bid for 4 Olympics through 2020 June 7, 2011

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Fox has made its pitch for the next set of U.S. Olympic television rights, saying it wants to bid on a four-games package through 2020.

Fox sports chairman David Hill led a six-man delegation that made a two-hour presentation Monday to IOC officials, seeking to secure the first games in the U.S. for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Fox is competing against incumbent NBC and ESPN/ABC, which will make their case to the IOC on Tuesday.

At stake are rights to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The networks can also bid on the 2018 and 2020 Games, whose sites have not been selected.

Hill confirmed for the first time that Fox will be seeking a four-games deal.

He says “if you advertise over four games rather than two, you’re financially in a much better place.”

“It’s eight years to the day when we made our last pitch, which is also D-Day,” Hill, looking relaxed in a pink open-neck shirt and dark blazer, said as he headed into the closed-door presentation at IOC headquarters.

Asked how he was approaching the meeting, Hill said, “We don’t really plan these things. They just happen. We just chat.”

Fox is competing against incumbent NBC and ESPN/ABC, which will make their case to the IOC on Tuesday.

The three companies will submit sealed bids on Tuesday afternoon, and the IOC could announce the winner by the end of the day or order another round of bidding. It wants a deal in place before the IOC general assembly starting July 4 in Durban, South Africa.

At stake are rights to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a new twist, the networks can also bid on a four-games package including the 2018 and 2020 Games, whose sites have not yet been selected.

“We’ve got three very, very strong competitive bidders,” IOC marketing director Timo Lumme told The Associated Press. “Everyone has indicated they’re here to win. We look forward to an exciting and competitive process.”

It’s the first U.S. rights auction since 2003, when NBC secured the 2010 and 2012 Olympics in a deal worth $2.2 billion.

The IOC says it hopes to surpass that fee this time. If the IOC agrees to a four-games deal, the figure could potentially run between $4-5 billion.

“Yes, we’re expecting an increase,” Lumme said. “What that increase is we don’t know. There’s every indication to show that premium sports retains a very, very important position in the programming strategies of the networks.”

NBC has broadcast every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Games since 2002, and holds the rights through next year’s London Olympics. Eight years ago, NBC and parent company General Electric outbid the same two competitors, with Fox offering $1.3 billion.

The dynamics have changed sharply this time, with NBC now under the control of cable giant Comcast and with longtime sports and Olympics chief Dick Ebersol no longer at the helm.

Ebersol resigned last month following what was described as a contract dispute with Comcast.

Ebersol was a close partner of the IOC, negotiating several multi-games deals that kept the committee’s coffers bulging and ensured the stability of the games in the Olympics’ most important financial market.

Comcast executives have made clear they’re not interested in a repeat of the 2010 Vancouver Games, when NBC lost more than $200 million in a rough economy. NBC also stands to take a similar hit from the London Olympics.

“The ownership has indicated to us it is very interested in continuing its Olympic history of NBC,” Lumme said. “We think the Comcast/NBC combination will be a very strong bidder.”

All three contenders have brought top-level delegations to Lausanne. NBC’s team includes CEO Steve Burke and Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts, while ESPN has chief executive George Bodenheimer and Disney CEO Robert Iger.

IOC TV rights negotiator Richard Carrion told The Associated Press that the big uncertainty is whether the networks will bid for two or four games. He said each network had asked for the bid forms for both options, meaning the IOC could have to decide between one network bidding on two Olympics and another on four.

“It makes the decision a little more complex,” he said. “We may have to make a judgment whether we want to go long term.”

If the networks opt for a four-games package, they will do so without knowing where the last two will be held. The IOC will select the 2018 host city on July 6 in Durban. The candidates are Annecy, France; Munich; and Pyeongchang, South Korea. The host of the 2020 Olympics will be chosen in 2013, and Rome is the only official contender so far.

Both Fox and ESPN have said they would carry all Olympic events live, breaking from NBC’s longtime practice of airing most of the games on tape-delay in prime time. ESPN broadcast all the matches live from last year’s World Cup in South Africa.

“Live coverage, of course, is always interesting to us, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to look at the whole package and we’ve got an enormous amount of trust in our broadcast partner to decide what is exactly the right mix of coverage,” Lumme said.

ESPN also brings the powerful Disney brand to the table, which raises the prospect of a possible tie-in with the games. GE threw in a $200 million global sponsorship as part of NBC’s winning bid for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics.

Also present at the bidding are U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun.

The USOC currently gets a 12.75 percent share of U.S. TV rights deals and 20 percent of global sponsorship revenues, figures many international officials consider too high. Both sides are negotiating a new revenue-sharing deal to take effect in 2020.

The USOC and IOC will renew those talks Wednesday, and say they also hope to have an agreement in place by early July.

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America Flirts With World War Three… November 30, 2010

North Korea warned Tuesday that the continuing military drills by the United States and South Korea could lead to “all-out war any time.”

“If the U.S. and the South Korean war-like forces fire even a shell into the inviolable land and territorial waters of the DPRK, they will have to pay dearly for this,” the news service report said.

I wish that America would grow up and quit the antagonistic existence. I realize that America thinks it needs WW III to get things back on track and that collateral damage would be acceptable even in the millions of deaths…

But really America is just being stupid and needs to grow up and become a leader not antagonizer. We need to be out of South Korea and let the Korea’s do what the Korea’s will do. Hell the war is not even over in North Korea’s eyes…

Like Ron Paul says. Bring everyone home and get our men out of all the countries such as Japan, Germany, South Korea and on and on and on and on…

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