Obama Drives Climate to Forefront

Anchorage, Alaska — President Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Alaska on Monday, aiming to thrust climate change to the forefront of the global agenda with a historic visit that will put the state’s liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display. During his three-day tour of Alaska, Obama planned to hike a glacier, converse with fishermen and tape a reality TV show with survivalist Bear Grylls — all...

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U.S. Factories Still Haven’t Recovered

Washington — It took less than a year for America’s factory output to rebound from the 1991 recession. It took three and a half years to bounce back from the 2001 recession. Now, six years clear of the Great Recession, manufacturing output still hasn’t returned to the pre-crisis levels it reached in 2007, according to revised economic data from the Federal Reserve. The downward revisions highlight the persistent weakness in a sector...

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Obama Proposes Changes to Overtime Pay

Washington — Here’s a convenient way of getting more work out of your employees, without paying the required time-and-a-half pay for anything over 40 hours a week: Call them “managers.” Currently, these so-called white collar workers are exempt from overtime if they make more than $455 a week or $23,660 per year, even if they perform routine tasks like stocking shelves at a convenience store. In fact, those small-time bosses don’t...

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Trade Pact To Hit Floor Again Today

Washington — President Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration’s trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor. Officials said the Republican-controlled House would vote Thursday on a stand-alone bill to give Obama the enhanced negotiating authority the administration seeks as part...

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Long Odds Ahead Now for Obama on His Troubled Trade Agenda

Washington — The White House and Republican leaders in Congress face long odds in trying to revive trade legislation after a telling defeat engineered by President Obama’s fellow Democrats. Obama’s ambitious trade agenda is in serious doubt, as is his quest for a capstone second-term achievement. Without the power to negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or reject, but not amend, Obama has little chance of securing the...

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