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Senate Confirms Michael Froman As US Trade Representative

  Michael Froman, the White House’s international economic affairs adviser, was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday as the next U.S. trade representative, Reuters reported Wednesday. Ninety-three senators voted to confirm Froman and four voted in opposition, according to the report. Forman’s agenda will include trade talks with China, India and …

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US Trade Rep Ron Kirk Stepping Down in February

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will step down from his position in late February after nearly four years at the helm, Reuters reports. The report lists Lael Brainard, treasury under secretary for international affairs, Francisco Sanchez, commerce secretary for international affairs, and Fred Hochberg, president of the U.S. Export-Import bank, …

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US, China Likely to See New Trade Leaders

Both the U.S. and China are likely to choose new senior trade leaders this month, Keith Bradsher reports for the New York Times. Commerce Minister Chen Deming lost his seat during the Communist Party Congress, which ended last Wednesday, meaning he will have to leave his post during the National …

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Report: 6 Cabinet Posts Could Open for Obama’s 2nd Term

According to a GovExec report, six Cabinet positions could see changes for President Barack Obama’s second term, continuing a historical trend of turnover for two-term presidents. Sophie Quinton writes that on average, for the five two-term presidencies since World War II, only one of two Cabinet officers have stayed for …

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Administration Zeroes in on Replacement at Commerce

The Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed administration source, reported the Obama administration has settled on three possible candidates to be the next commerce secretary. According to The Journal, one of the hopefuls currently serves in the administration, while the other two come from the business world. That has the …

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Administration Review to Consider Trade-agency Consolidation

The federal reorganization President Barack Obama pledged in his State of the Union address is beginning to take shape, beginning with 12 federal agencies focused on trade and exports, according to various media reports. The White House issued a memo laying out a 90-day timeline for developing plans to restructure …

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FCC: Genachowski ‘Has No Intention to Leave Position’

President Barack Obama’s announcement this week of the appointment of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be U.S. ambassador to China kicked off a round of speculation as to who would take over Locke’s spot as the administration’s business and trade guru. Included among a roster of possible names from industry, …

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FCC’s Genachowski, Tech Execs in Running for Commerce Post

With the revelation this week that the White House is expected to appoint Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to the top ambassadorial post to China, speculation has already begun swirling around who will succeed Locke as the administration’s point person on business and industry. The Hill reports that Julius Genachowski, the …

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