In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
In light of an expanding China and economic challenges, Japan and the US "intend to overcome mutual differences and together forge a sturdy economic order for Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century" with Obama's visit.
With defense cuts looming in the US, Secretary of State John Kerry has warned against growing isolationist sentiment. But experts say that Washington is simply adopting a more restrained foreign policy.
The sequester is dead, long live the semiquester. Now that the US 2014 budget deal is law, a pattern has emerged, one that will probably be the new normal regardless of the party in power, writes Garett Jones.
Despite criticism to the contrary, the United States will respond decisively to Russia's intervention in Crimea, says DW's Miodrag Soric. And that response will not be limited to economic sanctions.
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