Rob Hotakainen

Washington state’s Gov. Chris Gregoire fears consequences of fiscal cliff

If the nation runs into the “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 1, Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire fears the worst for Washington state. | 12/04/12 17:49:49 By - By Rob Hotakainen

As trade rulings against U.S. mount, backlash builds against WTO

Increasingly, Congress is playing second fiddle to the World Trade Organization, and it’s become a source of irritation on Capitol Hill. Many WTO opponents say the massive world-trading body has assumed far too much power. | 11/28/12 15:56:15 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Barack ‘Black Eagle’ Obama loses his adoptive father

As a freshman senator campaigning for president in May of 2008, Barack Obama made a stop on the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana, where he became part of a new family. | 11/28/12 16:38:53 By - By Rob Hotakainen

House passes Russian trade deal, but Moscow isn’t happy

Ignoring threats of retaliation from Moscow, the House of Representatives passed a long-delayed trade deal with Russia on Friday, adding language aimed at cracking down on human rights abuses. | 11/16/12 16:56:25 By - By Rob Hotakainen

A jobs market bright spot? ‘App economy’ sizzles

Ross Waycaster designed the first of his four mobile apps as a high school senior in Tupelo, Miss., a game called Super Marrio Jump that’s been downloaded from the Apple store more than 20,000 times, earning him more than $16,000. | 11/15/12 13:28:12 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Post-elections, trade deals might face more opposition

As one of the first major acts in its lame-duck session, the House of Representatives is expected to vote to approve permanent trade relations with Russia, possibly by Friday, but free-trade deals might face a considerably tougher go in 2013. | 11/14/12 16:19:27 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Gov. Gregoire presses feds to respond to Wash. state’s legalization of marijuana

With Washington state set to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana on Dec. 6, Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is eager to know how the federal government will respond. | 11/13/12 17:11:35 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Romney’s Jeep charge highlights globalization’s gray areas

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been roundly criticized for insinuating that Chrysler planned to reopen a Jeep plant in China at the expense of U.S. workers in Ohio, but his comments and the reaction they provoked underscore the complex gray areas of international trade and globalization. | 11/01/12 19:48:51 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Rob Hotakainen

Mississippi is eager to capitalize on trade with Russia

When the Russian steel company Severstal broke ground on a $550 million expansion of its plant last November in Columbus, Miss., the state’s newly elected governor, Republican Phil Bryant, showed up for the grand opening. | 10/31/12 16:00:02 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Georgia aims to cash in on Russian trade

Few states are as eager to increase trade with Russia as Georgia, the home of corporate giants Coca-Cola Co. and Delta Air Lines and more than 3,600 international facilities from 60 countries. | 10/25/12 17:15:03 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Internet allows even smallest businesses to go global, panel says

Business and government experts gather to ponder the changing face of trade and to examine how the Internet is shrinking the world for consumers and exporters. | 10/24/12 17:27:26 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Ag secretary says U.S. needs to spend more to promote record-high farm exports

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that U.S. farm exports are on pace to set a record high in 2013 but that sales will suffer if Congress does not resurrect a $200 million-a-year foreign marketing program that expired Oct. 1. | 10/18/12 16:20:33 By - By Rob Hotakainen

U.S. traders eager to cash in on Russia pact, but it’s stalled in Congress

When Russia formally joined the World Trade Organization as its newest member in August, more than 150 countries began expanding trade with the ninth-largest economy in the world. | 10/18/12 16:04:43 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Democrats say fight for Senate control could hinge on women

When Patty Murray first won election to the U.S. Senate in November 1992, women were a rarity, holding only two seats. The Washington state Democrat arrived for her new job to discover there was no bathroom for women near the Senate chamber. | 10/17/12 18:06:33 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Protecting U.S. jobs in trade pact could hurt global AIDS fight, critics say

If drug companies working in North Carolina and elsewhere get their way in protecting brand-name drugs in a new international trade deal, critics fear that millions of people with AIDS in poor countries will go untreated, losing access to cheaper generics that could keep them alive. | 10/12/12 19:03:46 By - By Rob Hotakainen

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