So far, Ford is avoiding bankruptcy or a government bailout. Consumer confidence will be most important in securing its financial situation.
The president's high approval ratings in a new poll suggest that Americans appreciate his cooperative approach to world affairs.
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His cooperative tone helped some leaders begin to move beyond historical grudges against the US.
Despite worries that the agenda would be hijacked by a debate about America's Cuba policy, the Summit of the Americas finished with a feeling of goodwill.
As America became distracted by the war on terror after 9/11, the region sought other partners.
Ahead of the Summit of the Americas, Spain has been quietly bolstering a common transatlantic agenda.
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