On Friday, January 14 President Obama announced that he plans on easing trade and travel relations with Communist Cuba, including making it easier for U.S. citizens to travel directly to the island from American airports. The President added that he had instructed the relevant government departments to allow religious groups and students to travel to the communist-run island.
Today, President Obama is expected to announce a deal with China that involves nuclear security. Additionally, Boeing will announce contracts on the sale of jets to China as part of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit, an agreement that would reportedly stimulate American jobs.
House Republicans vowing to reform a number of items are turning their attention to the United Nations, preparing to continue an already long-raging battle on Capitol Hill over the financial cost of American involvement in the organization. As it stands now, the United States finances about 22 percent of the total budget of the United Nations.
According to President Barack Obama, combat in Iraq involving U.S. troops ended on August 31. Four-and-a-half months later, American soldiers are still dying in the sands of Mesopotamia. The Wall Street Journal reports that two separate January 15 attacks in Iraq left three U.S. soldiers dead.