Forget the jobs bill. Obama's plan to boost exports by breaking down foreign trade barriers is the fastest way to employ jobless American. But will Obama be tough enough for the task, especially with China?
Ron Kirk, US trade representative, wants lawmakers to push ahead on new free trade pacts. Some Democrats advocate a timeout to assess the effects of existing accords such as NAFTA.
The group weathered this challenge, but the developing world needs more say in heading off future ones.
More than 10,000 protested the potential lowering of barriers to agricultural trade that would put them in competition with mechanized foreign operations.
They’re concerned that emerging economic giants India, Brazil, and China may gain the upper hand in this hot market.
Italy's leader deemed the event a logistical 'miracle' after a last-minute change of venue. But critics decried lack of concrete progress on climate change, Iran, and trade.