Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obama waves white flag on Supreme Court nomination, Asian trade deal
Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, with President Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court whose influence over federal policy and national security matters has made it a proving ground for potential Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
- The Washington Times 
Responding to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first day in office, White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the chances of the pact being approved by Congress “are not very good.” He called it “a significant missed opportunity for the American people.”

“That’s going to put U.S. businesses and U.S. workers at a disadvantage,” Mr. Earnest said of the deal’s demise.

The president pushed the 12-nation agreement as the biggest economic proposal of his second term.

Mr. Earnest also said it’s likely that Mr. Trump’s “deeply disappointing” action will benefit China.

“Right now, even as we speak, China is seeking to advance their own trade agreement with countries in this region,” he said...more

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