President Barack Obama arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday to sell his massive $825 billion stimulus plan to increasingly reluctant Republicans. The House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on the package.
In his first interview with Arabic-language TV since taking office, U.S. President Barack Obama said he would pursue a comprehensive approach to ties with the Muslim world that would include negotiations with Iran.
US President Barack Obama approved measures on Monday to spur the production of fuel-efficient cars and vowed to take action against climate change, saying America was "ready to lead" and calling for global cooperation.
US Senator George Mitchell, President Barack Obama's envoy to the Middle East, arrived in Egypt Tuesday on a tour that will take him to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Europe. The trip is aimed in part at bolstering the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
The US Senate approved the nomination of 47-year-old Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary by a 60-34 vote. A former New York Fed chairman was the "very best of a very short list of candidates" to tackle the US slowdown, observers said.
President Barack Obama has vowed to reverse US dependence on foreign energy by spurring development of fuel efficient cars and giving US states more room to act. Climate change and energy dependence pose threats to national security, he said.
George Mitchell, the former US Senator recently appointed as Barack Obama's Middle East envoy, is awaited in the region next week, diplomats said Saturday. He is expected to go to Israel and the occupied West Bank.