Monday, January 31, 2011

Obama Urges Passage of Free Trade Deals



VOAVideo: Obama Urges Passage of Free Trade Deals

The Republican congressman whose committee oversees U.S. trade policy says Congress should act on pending free trade agreements within six months. Congressman Dave Camp says ratification of the trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama is a "sure fire way" to create American jobs by growing U.S. exports. President Barack Obama made the same case during his State of the Union address Tuesday night when he urged a divided Congress to look for bipartisan solutions to grow the U.S. economy. Mil Arcega reports.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

President Visits Wisconsin, Calls for New Global Competitiveness



VOAVideo: President Visits Wisconsin, Calls for New Global Competitiveness

Fresh off his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One for upper Midwestern state of Wisconsin. There, he visited several American businesses to highlight his call for more jobs to compete on the global market. VOA's Carolyn Presutti takes us to the first city the president is using to kick off his 2011 agenda.

Friday, January 28, 2011

VOA Learning English: US Housing Market Slow to Recover From Collapse in Prices

VOA Learning English: US Housing Market Slow to Recover From Collapse in Prices

But a bad situation for some may offer an opportunity for others still seeking the ''American Dream'' of owning a home THIS IS AMERICA (download m3)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Open for Questions: The State of the Union and the Economy



WH.gov Open for Questions: The State of the Union and the Economy

Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, answers questions about the economics issues the President discussed in his State of the Union Address in a roundtable discussion. January 27, 2011.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

US President Addresses the Nation with Call for More Jobs, Cooperation



VOAVideo: US President Addresses the Nation with Call for More Jobs, Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to what he called Americans' creativity and imagination in urging the nation toward innovation and competitiveness. In his annual State of the Union address, Mr. Obama proposed new government investment even as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives pushes to cut government spending. VOA's Carolyn Presutti summarizes the speech and the Republican response.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Obama Highlights Economic Successes, Names New Advisor



VOAVideo: Obama Highlights Economic Successes, Names New Advisor

President Barack Obama visited a General Electric plant in New York State Friday to talk up economic success stories in the midst of a painfully slow recovery. The plant, which recently won a big contract to build turbines for a power plant in India, is one of the beneficiaries of the president's recent tour in Southeast Asia. But as Mil Arcega reports, the president is also tapping into the company's expertise to make US businesses more competitive.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

China's Investments in US Are Growing

VOANews: China's Investments in US Are Growing

World's second largest economy seeks to find opportunities for profits on home turf of biggest global economy

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hu Calls for Closer Ties with US



VOAVideo: Hu Calls for Closer Ties with US

After receiving the red carpet treatment at the White House, a state dinner and private meetings with Capitol Hill lawmakers, Chinese President Hu Jintao capped his two day visit to Washington with a speech before a receptive crowd of political and business leaders. Mil Arcega reports.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

China Agrees to $45 Billion in US Export Deals

VOANews: China Agrees to $45 Billion in US Export Deals

China has agreed to $45 billion in export deals with U.S. companies, with nearly half of the contracts a commitment to buy 200 Boeing aircraft costing $19 billion.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Presidents Obama, Hu Meet with Business Leaders



wh.gov: Presidents Obama, Hu Meet with Business Leaders
President Obama and President Hu of China meet with American and Chinese business leaders at a roundtable meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. January 19, 2011.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chinese President's US Visit to Underscore Improved Ties



VOAVideo: Chinese President's US Visit to Underscore Improved Ties

The growing importance of the U.S.-China economic relationship will be front and center this week when President Barack Obama welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao for an official state visit. Business leaders are hoping the visit leads to improved cooperation between the two countries. Economics correspondent Mil Arcega takes a look at the upcoming visit.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday a Time for Tributes

100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

VOAVideo: Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday a Time for Tributes (2010)

On January 17th, Americans will pay tribute to the legacy of slain civil rights leader The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the annual national holiday that celebrates his birthday (January 15th). Reverend King would have been 80 years old if he were alive today. More than 50 years ago, Dr. King campaigned across the United States, leading non-violent marches and demonstrations for equal rights for African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins looks back at his life and the impact his work had on the country.

100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Retailers Look to Emerging Markets for Continued Growth



VOAVideo: Retailers Look to Emerging Markets for Continued Growth

The National Retail Federation wrapped up its 100th annual convention Wednesday in New York City. The association is the world's largest retail trade group with members in 45 countries, including 1.5 million companies in the United States. VOA New York Correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports the retail industry is looking to emerging markets for continued growth.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

DealBook: In Cupcake Chain, Decadent Dreams



New York Times DealBook: In Cupcake Chain, Decadent Dreams

The nation's largest cupcake chain, Crumbs Bake Shop, has merged with an investment company and will go public. DealBook speaks to its founders about their plans for a nationwide expansion.Watch more videos at http://nytimes.com/video

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Consumer Electronics Entice Fickle Consumers



VOAVideo: Consumer Electronics Entice Fickle Consumers

More than 80 tablet computers similar to Apple's iPad are being introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, along with the latest 3D TV sets and other gadgets. The industry trade show, which runs through Sunday, is generating excitement. But as VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, some consumers are asking whether they want or need all the new gadgets.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All Eyes Were on Tablets at CES in Las Vegas

VOA Learning English: All Eyes Were on Tablets at CES in Las Vegas

Handheld computers similar to the Apple iPad were stars of this year's Consumer Electronics Show TECHNOLOGY REPORT

Monday, January 10, 2011

US Unemployment Rate Drops



VOAVideo: US Unemployment Rate Drops

The US unemployment rate dropped sharply last month - from 9.8 to 9.4 percent, the lowest level in 19 months. But despite a net gain of more than 100 thousand jobs in December, the US Labor Department's much awaited jobs report fell short of expectations. Mil Arcega has more.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Facebook Finds New Friends in the World of Private Finance


VOA Learning English: Facebook Finds New Friends in the World of Private Finance

An investment deal by Goldman Sachs and Russia's Digital Sky Technologies values the company at $50 billion ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New US Chocolate Maker Trying to Break Into World Market



VOAVideo: New US Chocolate Maker Trying to Break Into World Market

While many American industries took a hit during the economic recession, one seemed to thrive. According to the National Confectioners Association, the U.S. chocolate industry in 2009 scored a record $16.9 billion in sales. One new American company is trying to break into the lucrative market, but for California-based connoisseur Tcho Chocolate, the gold is in the flavor.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011