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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.

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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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North Korea Did Not Sink the South Korean Ship… July 24, 2010

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Big Mouth and Liar…

Doubts surface on North Korea’s role in ship sinking:

Some in South Korea dispute the official version of events: that a North Korean torpedo ripped apart the Cheonan.

July 23, 2010|By Barbara Demick and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Seoul — The way U.S. officials see it, there’s little mystery behind the most notorious shipwreck in recent Korean history.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls the evidence “overwhelming” that the Cheonan, a South Korean warship that sank in March, was hit by a North Korean torpedo. Vice President Joe Biden has cited the South Korean-led panel investigating the sinking as a model of transparency.

But challenges to the official version of events are coming from an unlikely place: within South Korea.

Armed with dossiers of their own scientific studies and bolstered by conspiracy theories, critics dispute the findings announced May 20 by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, which pointed a finger at Pyongyang.

They also question why Lee made the announcement nearly two months after the ship’s sinking, on the very day campaigning opened for fiercely contested local elections. Many accuse the conservative leader of using the deaths of 46 sailors to stir up anti-communist sentiment and sway the vote.

The critics, mostly but not all from the opposition, say it is unlikely that the impoverished North Korean regime could have pulled off a perfectly executed hit against a superior military power, sneaking a submarine into the area and slipping away without detection. They also wonder whether the evidence of a torpedo attack was misinterpreted, or even fabricated.

“I couldn’t find the slightest sign of an explosion,” said Shin Sang-chul, a former shipbuilding executive-turned-investigative journalist. “The sailors drowned to death. Their bodies were clean. We didn’t even find dead fish in the sea.”

Shin, who was appointed to the joint investigative panel by the opposition Democratic Party, inspected the damaged ship with other experts April 30. He was removed from the panel shortly afterward, he says, because he had voiced a contrary opinion: that the Cheonan hit ground in the shallow water off the Korean peninsula and then damaged its hull trying to get off a reef.

“It was the equivalent of a simple traffic accident at sea,” Shin said.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that Shin was removed because of “limited expertise, a lack of objectivity and scientific logic,” and that he was “intentionally creating public mistrust” in the investigation.

The doubts about the Cheonan have embarrassed the United States, which will s begin joint military exercises Sunday in a show of unity against North Korean aggression. On Friday, an angry North Korea warned that “there will be a physical response” to the maneuvers.

Two South Korean-born U.S. academics have joined the chorus of skepticism, holding a news conference this month in Tokyo to voice their suspicions about the “smoking gun:” a piece of torpedo propeller with a handwritten mark in blue ink reading “No. 1″ in Korean.

“You could put that mark on an iPhone and claim it was manufactured in North Korea,” scoffed one of the academics, Seunghun Lee, a professor of physics at the University of Virginia.

Lee called the discovery of the propeller fragment five days before the government’s news conference suspicious. The salvaged part had more corrosion than would have been expected after just 50 days in the water, yet the blue writing was surprisingly clear, he said.

“The government is lying when they said this was found underwater. I think this is something that was pulled out of a warehouse of old materials to show to the press,” Lee said.

South Korean politicians say they’ve been left in the dark about the investigation.

“We asked for very basic information: interviews with surviving sailors, communication records, the reason the ship was out there,” said Choi Moon-soon, an assemblyman with the Democratic Party.

The legislature also has not been allowed to see the full report by the investigative committee, only a five-page synopsis.

“I don’t know why they haven’t released the report. They are trying to cover up small inconsistencies, and that has cost them credibility,” said Kim Chul-woo, a former Defense Ministry official who is now an analyst with the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, a government think tank.

A military oversight body, the Board of Inspection and Audit, has accused senior naval officers of lying and concealing information.

“Military officers deliberately left out or distorted key information in their report to senior officials and the public because they wanted to avoid being held to account for being unprepared,” an official of the inspection board was quoted as telling the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

The Cheonan, a 1,200-ton corvette, sank the night of March 26 about 12 miles off North Korea. The first report issued by Yonhap, the official South Korean news agency, said the ship had been struck by a torpedo, but soon afterward the story changed to say the ship sank after being grounded on a reef.

The military repeated that version for days. The audit board found that sailors on a nearby vessel, the Sokcho, who fired off 35 shots with a 76-millimeter cannon around the time of the sinking, were instructed to say they’d been shooting at a flock of birds, even though at first they had said they’d seen a suspected submarine on radar.

On April 2, as Defense Minister Kim Tae-young was testifying before the National Assembly, a cameraman shooting over his right shoulder managed to capture an image of a handwritten note from the president’s office instructing him not to talk about North Korean submarines.

Such inconsistencies and reversals have fueled the suspicions of government critics. U.S. officials, however, say the panel’s conclusion is irrefutable.

Rear Adm. Thomas J. Eccles, the senior U.S. representative on the panel, said investigators considered all possibilities: a grounding, an internal explosion, a collision with a mine. But they quickly concluded that the boat was sunk by a bubble-jet torpedo, which exploded underneath the vessel and didn’t leave the usual signs of an explosion, he said.

“The pattern of damage was exactly aligned with that kind of weapon,” Eccles said in a telephone interview. “Torpedoes these days are designed to drive underneath the target and explode. They use the energy of their explosion to make a bubble that expands and contracts. It is designed to break the back of the ship.”

Pyongyang, meanwhile, denies involvement in the sinking and calls the accusation against it a fabrication.

South Koreans themselves appear to be confused: Polls show that more than 20% of the public doesn’t believe North Korea sank the Cheonan.

Wi Sung-lac, South Korea’s top envoy for North Korean affairs, says the criticism from within has made it difficult to get China and Russia on board to punish Pyongyang for the attack.

“They say, ‘But even in your own country, many people don’t believe the result,’ ” Wi said.

barbara.demick@latimes.com

john.glionna@latimes.com

Ju-min Park of The Times’ Seoul Bureau and David S. Cloud of the Washington bureau contributed to this report.

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We Are Good At Making North Korea Love Us… July 21, 2010

We keep searching for ways to punish North Korea and North Korea did nothing wrong… We really are a sick country

SEOUL — Searching for new ways to punish North Korea after blaming it for sinking a South Korean warship in March, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will strengthen existing sanctions against the North and impose new restrictions on its weapons trade and trafficking in counterfeit currency and luxury goods.

I guess it does not matter that there is no proof that North Korea did it. Can you give proof? Can you take it to a court of law and say North Korea did it and prove it…

Didn’t think so…

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So We Lied and Lied Again… June 28, 2010

America just spent the last few weeks telling lies about how China will allow their currency to adjust against the dollar.

China did say they would think about it, but officially in the last few days China made it clear that they will continue as they always have…

Now America is crying that China is bad. (Waaa Waaa Waaa!)

What I want to know is who told America that China would allow their currency to adjust?

Oh the same people that say North Korea sunk the South Korean ship. The same people that say WMD in Iraq. The same people that say North Korea is evil. The same people that say Russia is bad. The same people that say Iran is making Nucleaure bombs. The same people that ignore the Israel terror issue. The same people that kill millions of civilians in the name of terrorism and protectionism. The same bull crap people that say all kinds of ignorant things and we seem to accept that bull…

What I want to know is who died and appointed America GOD?

That is what I thought…

Coffee Talk!

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Russia Says Not To Run Blindly and Wait Untill The facts are Proven… June 18, 2010

Funny how America accepts so easily South Korea’s version of the ship sinking and torpedo…

Russia has a whole lot better attitude toward it…

“Although only one version has been broadly circulated, we should not take it immediately for granted,” Medvedev said in an interview to the U.S. daily Wall Street Journal. “A thorough investigation is needed.”

Things that make you go Hummm…

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South Korea Using Twitter to What? May 31, 2010

South Korea’s defense ministry will show wreckage of a sunken ship to a group of Twitter users in an effort to dispel doubts among young skeptics about its investigation blaming North Korea for attacking the vessel, state media said Monday.

The more I listen to this escapade between North and South Korea, the more I realize just how big of a whiny and crying country that South Korea is. If this really happened the way they say! Why are they working overtime to try to make everyone believe their story?

America should not be there and then South Korea would have to back their own accusations…

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