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Midday Update: Obama to Tout WTO Complaint Against China

by Newsteam Staff
July 5, 2012

Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire July 4, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire July 4, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

In a campaign speech today in Toledo as he begins the “Betting On America Bus Tour,” President Barack Obama is expected to tout the filing of an unfair trade complaint (ToledoBlade) with the World Trade Organization against China’s new duties on some U.S.-made cars and sport utility vehicles, including the Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler.

The Unite States filed the complaint Thursday.

Today begins the two-day bus tour of northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, key regions of two states central to his re-election bid, during which the president will discuss “saving the auto industry, investing in manufacturing and bringing jobs back to America (USAToday).”


Politico’s Maggie Haberman looks at seven inflection points that could tip “an otherwise static race.” Included in the list are issues such as the European fiscal crisis and a military strike against Iran or North Korea.


During an Independence Day ceremony in which immigrants serving in the U.S. military became citizens, President Obama renewed his election-year call for immigration reform (Reuters).

“Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants,” Obama said during the White House ceremony. “And that’s why, as another step forward, we’re lifting the shadow of deportation deserving young people who were brought to this country as children.  It’s why we still need a DREAM Act — to keep talented young people who want to contribute to our society and serve our country.  It’s why we need — why America’s success demands — comprehensive immigration reform.


In case you missed it Tuesday, Foreign Policy interviewed Dartmouth history professor Benjamin Valentino on why U.S. voters seem to be all over the place when it comes to foreign policy. Valentino says research shows Americans want to have it all when it comes to foreign policy.

“We don’t like to make hard choices or accept painful tradeoffs,” he said. “We want an expansive foreign policy backed by the most powerful military in the world, but we don’t want to pay for it. We want to protect human rights around the world, but we don’t want to risk American military casualties to do it.”

Contributing Editor Gayle S. Putrich and Senior Editor Toni Johnson

1 Comment

  • Posted by CharlieSeattle

    Congre$$

    The Democrats always spend more than the taxes they increase when they are in power.
    The Republicans always cuts taxes less than what they spend when they are in power.

    ………………………………So what is the difference here? None.

    Congress has a spending problem not a revenue problem. Ops, I take the second part back. Tax revenues would be higher if NAFTA and China’s MFN trade status were never passed by Congress.

    That was about 8 million lost jobs ago. Obama, you can impress me by repealing NAFTA and China’s MFN.

    Both political parties have lied to the voters for 40 years and committed willfull ecomomic treason against the taxpayers that sent them in good faith to Washinton to build a better America not destroy it.

    ………………………………Fight Organized Crime! Re-elect No One!