President Barack Obama nominated Bank of America Corp. executive Stefan Selig to oversee international trade as he seeks to jumpstart the economy by appointing a Wall Street veteran to the Commerce Department.
The carcass of a dead dog floats on the lake that supplies tap water to 750,000 Venezuelans. Witch doctor Francisco Sanchez has just dumped the previous night’s sacrifice from a cliff, contaminating the resource that has become more scarce than gasoline in Caracas.
Concerns that Colombia and Panama haven’t done enough to protect organized labor leaders don’t threaten free-trade agreements with those nations, said Francisco Sanchez, under secretary of Commerce for international trade.
With temperatures near freezing and thousands displaced by superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put a former federal emergency official in charge of the city’s housing response, just as a new storm threatened to bring gale-force winds, rain and coastal flooding.
It’s an article of faith among supporters of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: approving the project would allow the U.S. to use more crude from Canada and less from Venezuela and other unfriendly regimes.