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Tim Devaney

Tim Devaney was a national reporter who covered business and international trade for The Washington Times.

Articles by Tim Devaney

Karen Bowers holds a sign during a rally intended to "to promote unity," according to an organizer, at the Centennial Plaza in Midland, Texas on July 19, 2013. People gathered to demonstrate in the week following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Associated Press)

Al Sharpton’s ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies begin in 100 cities

Reverend Al Sharpton organized protests in more than 100 cities in honor of Trayvon Martin — one week after his killer George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder charges. Protests throughout the week were largely peaceful, though there were clashes with law enforcement. Published July 20, 2013

** FILE ** European Union flags fly at half-mast in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Monday, April 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

First round of trade talks with European Union ‘very productive’

Coming out of a successful first week of trade talks in Washington, where U.S. and European officials laid the foundation for a pact that would connect the economies of the Western world, both sides are turning their sights toward the next round of negotiations this fall. Published July 14, 2013

**FILE** A Smithfield ham is seen Sept. 6, 2011, at a grocery store in Richardson, Texas. (Associated Press)

Smithfield CEO defends sale of pork producer to Chinese firm

The head of Smithfield Foods, the country's largest pork producer, told skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that the proposed $4.7 billion sale of his Virginia-based company to a Chinese rival will create jobs and expand markets. Published July 10, 2013

**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. Published July 8, 2013


Tech giants take new hits from fallout over spying

Germany's top security official on Wednesday warned Internet users in his country not to visit popular American websites like Google and Facebook if they are concerned about their private data being collected by the U.S. government, in the latest blow to Silicon Valley's high-tech giants trying to contain the damage from recent revelations that they participated in the National Security Agency's spying program. Published July 3, 2013

Employees work at a Shuanghui International pork processing plant in Henan province. The sale of Smithfield Foods to China's Shuanghui International is under scrutiny in Washington because of national security concerns about a Chinese company owning an important U.S. food producer.

Senate panel to examine Smithfield sale to Chinese company

A Senate committee on Thursday announced plans to hold a hearing next month on the proposed $4.7 billion takeover of America's top pork producer by a Chinese rival — the biggest takeover of a U.S. corporation by a Chinese company ever. Published June 27, 2013

Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, is one of the lead sponsors of the proposed Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act.

Senate bill aims to shut down Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Government-owned mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be shut down within five years so taxpayers are no longer "on the hook" for future losses, under a bipartisan housing reform bill introduced Tuesday in the Senate. Published June 25, 2013

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Foreign markets wary of U.S. tech giants that gave access to NSA

The revelations about secret surveillance programs that the National Security Agency uses to collect data and sometimes spy on people aren't making life easy for U.S. technology giants such as Google and Facebook that now lie under a cloud of suspicion as they try to expand in foreign markets. Published June 24, 2013

Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Internet sales tax bill faces House showdown

In Washington, the drive to collect Internet sales taxes is heating up, as a bill that would raise the cost of shopping online nears a showdown in the House. Published June 19, 2013

**FILE** Carts full of merchandise ordered on the Internet are rolled to the main packing area for shipping at an warehouse in Salt Lake City. (Associated Press)

Opponents slam Internet sales tax bill

Opponents of an Internet sales tax bill on Tuesday called it a "21st century version of taxation without representation," warning it raises the prospect of taxing online retailers in jurisdictions where the owners of those businesses cannot vote. Published June 18, 2013

** FILE ** Smithfield Foods, the top pork producer in the U.S., has planned a $4.7 billion buyout from Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. (Associated Press)

Investor urges Smithfield Foods to kill Chinese buyout

One of Smithfield Foods Inc.'s largest investors would like to chop up America's biggest pork producer and sell it piece-by-piece, with representatives urging the board of directors to kill a planned $4.7 billion buyout by a Chinese company that they say "significantly understates" the company's value. Published June 17, 2013

"Trade is key to economic growth and job creation," British Prime Minister David Cameron says of the focus of this year's Group of Eight summit. Tax compliance and transparency issues also will discussed during the meetings in Northern Ireland.
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G-8 discussions will focus on economic growth

Though it could be overshadowed by the conflict in Syria, leaders from the world's major industrial nations plan to discuss how they can boost economic growth and regain competitiveness during the Group of Eight summit this week. Published June 16, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Mike Rogers: NSA leak case raises questions about China’s role

Current and former Washington officials Sunday slammed the leaker who exposed the government's secret collection of phone records and Internet data and vigorously defended the surveillance programs as essential and life-saving tools in the war on terrorism. Published June 16, 2013

The Secret Ballot Protection Act offered by Rep. David P. Roe, Tennessee Republican, would require private voting on whether to form a union. "That's how I got elected," he said. (House of Representatives)

Bills target micro-unions, organizing

House Republicans took another swing at the Obama administration Thursday, introducing two bills that would combat union activism on the part of the National Labor Relations Board. Published June 13, 2013

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. Published June 11, 2013