An estimated 12,000 tar sands protesters encircled the White House, Nov. 6, chanting, "Stop the pipeline, stop the greed, and give the people what they need."
Foreign direct investment is an important part of the U.S. economy. Close to six million workers are employed by foreign-owned businesses worth some $3.1 trillion, the White House Council of Economic Advisers reported.
President Obama signed an Executive Order initiating the Campaign to Cut Waste, ordering each department and agency to report regularly to Vice President Biden who will head a new task force on government accountability.
If the Senate decides to vote on the new START treaty with Russia, it will likely garner enough votes for passage, an expert with a top Washington think tank predicted.