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Americas News Agenda for April 21

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Monday: + Boston stages marathon a year after attacks + US vice president heads to Ukraine + Mexico holds Garcia Marquez tribute BOSTON: Some 36,000 people are to compete in the Boston Marathon amid tight security, a year after bomb attacks killed three people. As of 1250 GMT. Picture. Video (ATHLETICS-USA-MARATHON-BOSTON-ATTACKS)

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Trade deal eluding U.S., Japan, senior U.S. official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators have been unable to reach a deal to open Japan's markets more widely to imports ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Japan, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday. Negotiators are down to a relatively limited set of outstanding issues but considerable differences separate the two sides, the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

Obama, Biden visit Pennsylvania to promote job-training plan

By Steve Holland OAKDALE, Penn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a trip to a Pennsylvania community college on Wednesday to promote a plan to train workers for skills they need for hard-to-fill jobs. For security reasons, Obama and Biden flew in separate planes for the event in this suburb of Pittsburgh but rode in the same limousine from the airport and appeared together at the Community College of Allegheny County.

White House announces Obama's 2-day trip to Seoul next week

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Yonhap) -- The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will make a two-day visit to South Korea next week. Obama plans to visit Seoul on Friday and Saturday following a three-day trip to Japan starting on Wednesday, the National Security Council said in an emailed note to the media. He will then travel to Malaysia from April 26-28 and the Philippines from April 28-29. Obama's office said in February he will visit the four nations in late April.

CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower costs for health subsidies, Medicare

WASHINGTON - A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason. A Congressional Budget Office report Monday said this year's deficit will now be $492 billion, $23 billion less than previously estimated. Last year's deficit registered $680 billion, the first year in President Barack Obama's tenure that the deficit was less than $1 trillion.

Sebelius says she told Obama staying 'wasn't an option'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned last week, says she made the decision to leave and told President Barack Obama last month that staying on "wasn't an option". In her first interview since the White House announced her resignation as the president's top healthcare adviser, Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that she and Obama first spoke about her future after Obamacare enrollment began to show signs of recovering from its disastrous October 1 launch.

Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women; Republicans counter with their jobs plans

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women — a leading election-year issue for Democrats. Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that it's an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education. Obama issued an executive order this past week that bars federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries. Such an order is considered a way for women to become better informed about their pay.
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