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  • President Obama and Ron Kirk have renegotiated deals begun under President George W. Bush but have not made an enthusiastic push to pursue any more trade agreements, critics say. (Associated Press)

    EXCLUSIVE: Obama trade reps' U.S. junkets outnumber overseas visits for deals

    President Obama's two trade representatives have taken more trips inside the country while in office than trotting around the globe in pursuit of the free trade deals than Congress imagined while authorizing the posts, The Washington Times found.

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    Froman sees Pacific trade deal

    The top U.S. trade official said Tuesday that he is "cautiously optimistic" about the nation's ability to complete a major free-trade pact with 11 other key Pacific Rim nations by the end of the year, after the latest round of the talks on the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) wrapped up last week in Malaysia.

  • **FILE** President Obama shakes hands with Michael Froman, his nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House on May 2, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Anti-globalization groups take aim at proposed U.S.-Europe trade deal

    As negotiations began Monday in Washington on a proposed blockbuster U.S.-European Union trade pact that would connect the largest economies of the Western world, activists warned against any deal that undermines environmental, labor, food or financial safeguards.

  • Michael Froman (left), President Obama's pick to be the nation's top trade negotiator, has said he has about $500,000 in Cayman Islands bank accounts. (Associated Press)

    Obama trade pick gets unanimous committee backing

    With no Republican objections, President Obama's pick to lead U.S. trade efforts abroad passed a key Senate committee vote Tuesday and could be confirmed by the full upper chamber as soon as next week.

  • Michael Froman (left), President Obama's pick to be the nation's top trade negotiator, has said he has about $500,000 in Cayman Islands bank accounts. (Associated Press)

    Cayman Islands bankers defend rules ahead of trade nominee vote

    A day before President Obama's pick to be the nation's top trade negotiator faces a Senate committee vote, Cayman Islands officials defended their banking system and the kinds of offshore investments that have gotten the trade nominee into some hot water on the road to confirmation.

  • **FILE** President Obama speaks on May 2, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, where he announced he will nominate Penny Pritzker (right) as secretary of commerce and Michael Froman (left) as U.S. trade representative. (Associated Press)

    Trade pick presses for 'fast-track' authority for new deals

    President Obama's pick to be his top trade adviser told lawmakers Thursday that he would push for Congress to restore the administration's "fast-track" authority to negotiate free-trade pacts, as the administration gears up for major market-opening talks with the European Union and with Asia-Pacific nations.

  • President Obama speaks May 2, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, where he announced he will nominate Penny Pritzker (right) as Commerce Secretary and Michael Froman (left) as U.S. Trade Representative. (Associated Press)

    Obama's Commerce pick Pritzker may face flak

    President Obama nominated longtime fundraiser and hotel heiress Penny Pritzker Thursday to run the Commerce Department, gambling that her role in a failed bank and opposition from labor groups won't derail her Senate confirmation.

  • A White House official says President Barack Obama will name a longtime fundraiser to run the Commerce Department and a top economic adviser as the next U.S. Trade Representative. The Commerce nominee is expected to be Penny Pritzker, left, shown in a Oct. 4, 2010, file photo and The U.S. Trade Representative is expected to be Mike Froman seen in an Oct. 8, 2010, file photo. Obama will announce both nominations from the White House Thursday morning May 2, 2013, before departing for Mexico. (AP Photo/File)

    Obama to tap Pritzker for Commerce, Froman as Trade Rep.

    President Obama will tap Penny S. Pritzker, a businesswoman from Chicago, to be the next Secretary of Commerce and Michael Froman as the next U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday morning, a White House official said.

  • FILE - In this May 8, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Washington. President Barack Obama will play host this weekend to an extraordinary confluence of international summitry, with world leaders scuttling from the Maryland mountains to downtown Chicago as they grapple for fixes to Europe's mounting economic woes and solidify plans for winding down the decade-long war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Obama sidelined as player in summits

    As President Obama prepares to play host to a doubleheader of global diplomacy at the Group of Eight and NATO summits this weekend, there are increasing signs that the world is tuning out his message.

  • ** FILE ** Unaware that a microphone was recording him, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, March 26, 2012, for breathing room until after Mr. Obama's re-election campaign to negotiate on missile defense. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    As G-8 leaders arrive, new doubts about Obama's international clout

    As President Obama prepares to host the NATO and Group of Eight international summits this weekend, there are increasing signs that the world is brushing him aside.

  • An elderly survivor holds a poster of Warren Anderson, the head of Union Carbide Corp. at the time of the gas leak, as she waits for the verdict in the premises of Bhopal court in Bhopal, India, on June 7, 2010. The court convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of "death by negligence" for their roles in the Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more than a quarter century ago in the world's worst industrial disaster. (Associated Press)

    U.S. e-mail on Bhopal rocks India's Parliament

    India's main opposition party is demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh explain a leaked e-mail from an American official that the party says shows the Obama administration is seeking to link U.S. investment in India to damages for the 1984 Bhopal gas leak.

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  • "These types of 'localization' measures not only are an unfair barrier to U.S. exports, but also raise the cost of solar energy, hindering deployment of solar energy around the world, including in India," Froman told a news conference.

    US trade protest over India solar energy program →

  • In announcing the trade complaint, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the Obama administration was "standing up" for the rights of American workers and businesses - a common theme in a year of congressional elections, and as the administration tries to persuade fellow Democrats to support its agenda to expand trade in Asia.

    US trade protest over India solar energy program →

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