Toyota, Honda, and BMW report declines of 30 percent or more in December.
Together with earlier moves, 355,000 square miles of islands, reefs, and atolls now have new safeguards.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.
The candidate for secretary of Commerce faced pressure from a federal investigation into one of his political donors.