China is protecting its green tech energy industries, says a new report by the National Foreign Trade Council. Moreover, Beijing is ordering big state-owned enterprises to favor Chinese manufacturers in their energy purchases, in violation of its WTO commitments, the report finds.
In the end, Democrats may simply not have enough votes to pass healthcare reform. If that happens, the rest of Obama’s agenda would be cast into doubt, and the possibility of a tidal-wave election this fall would increase.
President Barack Obama steps off the stage after speaking about health care reform on Monday at Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville, Ohio.
The race for House votes on the healthcare reform bill is shaping up to be too close to call. Much of the lobbying this week will focus on a small group of House Democrats seen as 'swing votes.'
Even if lawmakers approve healthcare reform legislation, it's a partial fix, say forecasters. With or without reforms, the America's healthcare spending will rise sharply over the next decade, demanding more cost containment measures.
In a bid to cool tensions with the US over Israeli settlements, which Israel's ambassador described as the lowest point in diplomatic relations since the 1970s, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized again Sunday for last week's announcement of 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem. His political future may be in jeopardy.
Some Pakistan Taliban officials say leaders now meet in secret for fear of US drone strikes. But they vow to keep up their own offensive, as evidenced by a string of bomb attacks last week that killed 70 people.