Cuba will allow Russia to look for oil and gas in its territorial waters. Environmentalists cringe, but the industry says its time for the US to look for more oil in the Gulf of Mexico, too.
Despite the job losses, the stimulus acted to check the precipitous decline in GDP, according to the Obama adviser.
With seven states now seeing double-digit unemployment rates, the region is feeling some of the costs of a low-wage economy.
The US has the lowest rate of intercity rail usage, but Congress is taking steps to change this.
One aim: to bolster relations with resource-rich countries where China has been aggressively extending its presence.
The former president succeeded in securing the release of two American journalists partly because he brought Pyongyang the prestige it craves.
By letting a former president hold talks with North Korea, the current president leaves a democratic ally, South Korea, in the cold.