Archives for November 22, 2009

Chinese democracy leaders appeal to Obama (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Two Chinese intellectuals who helped draft a bold petition for democracy appealed Sunday to US President Barack Obama to make human rights integral to his approach to Beijing, which they warned would not move on its own.

Indian PM starts first state visit under Obama (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived Sunday in the United States for the first state visit under President Barack Obama, an Indian official said.

Obama faces tough Senate battle on health care (AFP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority, remaking US health care, cleared a major Senate hurdle but strong opposition Sunday to key parts of the proposals augured a tough battle ahead.

What’s Obama’s trade policy? So far, there isn’t much of one, some analysts say (Boston Herald)

WASHINGTON – During his first 10 months in office, as global trade contracted sharply, President Barack Obama avoided pursuing free-trade pacts and limited his public moves…

Obama Deploys Financial Fraud Task Force (NPR)

- The Obama Administration has launched the Financial Fraud Task Force to investigate issues related to the economic crisis. The Department of Justice will lead the task force’s efforts to combat fraud in such areas as mortgage lending, stimulus spending and the government’s bailout of the financial sector. Host Liane Hansen talks with Department of Justice Associate Attorney General Tom …

Dalai Lama says Obama not soft on China (AP via Yahoo! News)

The Dalai Lama defended President Barack Obama from criticism that he has been too soft on China, saying Sunday that the U.S.

Obama to roll out red carpet for India (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was due Sunday to start the first US state visit under President Barack Obama, who hopes to show his dedication to the emerging power even as his attention lies elsewhere.

Register exclusive: Iowa Poll shows Obama approval rating below 50 percent (The Des Moines Register)

Fewer than half of Iowans approve of President Barack Obama’s performance in office a year after he carried the state in the 2008 election, according to The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll.

’Stick with him,’ Biden tells Iowans of Obama (The Des Moines Register)

Vice President Joe Biden assured Iowans Saturday that the nation’s battered economy was slowly turning the corner, and urged Democrats to keep faith amid declining approval in Iowa for President Barack Obama.

Obama trumpets Asia trip as boost to U.S. economy (Denver Post)

President Barack Obama’s eight- day trip to Asia produced no tangible wins for the United States, though he is citing talks with Asian allies that he says could help create thousands of job and open new markets for American goods.