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US lawmakers ease Obama's path to Pacific trade deal

US lawmakers ease Obama's path to Pacific trade deal

US President Barack Obama speaks during an event in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2015

  • IB Times - Thu, Apr 16, 2015Hillary Clinton presidency bid: We need …

    It's official, Hillary Clinton is running for the Democratic presidential nomination and ultimately gunning for the White House. There is of course no shortage of malicious fiction and conspiracy theories surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton. As Lydia Smith noted this week, Clinton will need to stand not only against her political and ideological rivals, but against pervasive, undisguised misogyny. Her supporters would doubtless like to file allegations about her violent temper among the diverse smears, mudslinging and paranoid gossip. More »

  • AFP - Mon, Apr 13, 2015As Clinton eyes presidency, so does …

    US Democrats have their 2016 presidential frontrunner in Hillary Clinton, but the Republican field remains wide open -- and it got even wider Monday with first-term Senator Marco Rubio jumping into the race. More »

  • IB Times - Mon, Apr 13, 2015Hillary Clinton presidential bid: Gender …

    Hillary Clinton will carry the mantle for gender in her second bid for the White House. Announcing her campaign for the presidency on 12 April, the former secretary of state, senator and first lady has already been accused of "playing the gender card" by chauvinists – who throw the phrase out in an attempt to belittle the fact that even if Clinton is inaugurated in January 2017, 80% of elected officials throughout the country will still be men. Or, to be more precise, Clinton should continue to campaign in a way that has never been done before: she will put women and children first. "When I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer: that I was proud to be running as a woman but I was running because I thought I'd be the best president." Even without pushing her gender, her campaign at the time put – as Clinton phrased it – "18 million cracks in that glass ceiling". More »

  • Reuters - Mon, Apr 13, 2015China protests U.S. calls to release …

    China has lodged a formal protest with Washington after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry called for the release of five detained women activists, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The tussle over the activists could further strain ties between China and the United States, which frequently grapple over everything the value of the yuan currency to China's growing military assertiveness. The women, Li Tingting, 25, Wei Tingting, 26, Wang Man, 32, Zheng Churan, 25, and Wu Rongrong, 30 were taken into custody on the weekend of March 8, International Women's Day, after they had planned to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, such as buses and trains. Biden tweeted on Saturday that China should release them, saying, "We urge Chinese leaders to show respect for women's rights," and adding, "Rights of women and girls should never be suppressed." In a statement on Friday, Kerry said the U.S. government backed the efforts of the activists, saying, "We believe that Chinese authorities should also support them, not silence them." China has lodged "representations" with the United States over the comments, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. More »

  • AFP - Sun, Apr 12, 2015Clinton launches White House bid to …

    Casting herself as a champion of "everyday Americans," Hillary Clinton on Sunday finally launched her campaign to become the first female tenant of the White House. More »

  • IB Times - Sun, Apr 12, 2015Hillary Clinton will make an excellent …

    A day ahead of Hillary Clinton's expected announcement of her candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for the 2016 US election, President Barack Obama hailed the former first lady and said she would make "an excellent president". She was an outstanding secretary of state. She is my friend," the Daily Mail quoted Obama as saying. Clinton had lost the 2008 nomination to President Obama, and this time around, it appears she is unlikely to face a formidable primary opponent, with only a few low-profile Democrats saying that they would consider contesting. More »

  • AFP - Fri, Apr 10, 2015Clinton to launch White House bid on …

    Hillary Clinton is poised to officially launch her 2016 presidential campaign this weekend, setting the stage for a bruising election battle as she bids to become the first woman elected to the White House. More »