United States of America

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The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic in North American continent comprising of fifty states and a federal district. It has the largest economy in the world.

President: Barack Obama
Vice President: Joe Biden

Senate
President of the Senate: Joe Biden (D)
President pro tempore: Daniel Inouye (D)
Majority Leader: Harry Reid (D)
Minority Leader: Mitch McConnell (R)

House of Representatives
Speaker: John Boehner(R)
Majority Leader: Eric Cantor (R)
Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (R)

United States of America Timeline

July 2011

October 7: US adds 103,000 nonfarm jobs in September 2011. This is much larger than the 59,000 gain expected by the Wall Street economists.

July 28: Unemployment numbers fell below 400,000 for the first time since early April. In a statement released by the Labor department, there were 398,000 initial unemployment claims.

July 16: US President Barack Obama meets with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at the White House. The meeting went on for 45 minutes in the Map Room. In a statement released after the meeting by the White House, Obama reiterated his support for the preservation of Tibet's religious, cultural and linguistic traditions.

July 14: Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's warned the US that there is a 50% chance that it will downgrade the US credit rating within three months if the debt ceiling negotiations fail. In a statement, the credit rating agency said that it is placing the United States on a credit watch.

July 10: The International Monetary Fund's new chief Christine Lagarde warns of "real nasty consequences" to the US and global economies if the United States fails to raise its borrowing limit.
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says that Republicans and Democrats must reach an agreement on the debt deal as failure is not an option. Treasury says the debt ceiling must be raised by Aug. 2.

July 9: Defense secretary Leon Panetta arrives in Kabul. Says United States is within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda.

July 8: The Labor Department says that the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 %.

July 7: The United States House of Representatives defeat a measure that would have barred 2012 Pentagon funds from being used to provide US support for the NATO-led military campaign in Libya. The amendment was sponsored by Representatives Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Justin Amash, R-Michigan and is lost 199-229 in the voting. Another amendment sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma was adopted 225-201 barring Pentagon funds from being used to train or supply the Libyan rebels.

July 1: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is disheartened by reports of attacks on Syrian protesters by security forces and government organized thugs and says that Bashar Assad's regime wasn't sending a coherent message.

Leon Panetta has been sworn in as secretary of defense, becoming President Obama's second Pentagon chief. He takes oath of office in a private ceremony. Panetta sends a message to all troops and Pentagon civilian workers, promising to emulate his predecessor, Robert Gates, in his devotion to the armed forces and their families.

June 2011

June 30: Defense Secretary Robert Gates retires having served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 till 2011. He is awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 30, 2011, his final day as Defense Secretary by President Barack Obama.

Gen. David Petraeus wins unanimous Senate confirmation to succeed Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

June 24:

  • President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss on the negotiations on a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
  • House of Representatives declined to grant President Obama the authority to continue supporting NATO mission in Libya. A wide bipartisan opposition voted 295-123 refusing to give authority to the President to support the Libya mission. As many as 70 Democrats joined the 225 Republicans in voting on a resolution sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida.
  • New York passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill. Marriage Equality Act was narrowly voted 33-29 for by the lawmakers. New York will become the sixth state in the United States which allows gay couples to get married. Sen. Thomas Duane, a Democrat said:
"We are leaders and we join other proud states that recognize our families and the battle will now go on in other states,"

June 23: The White House decides to release 30 million barrels of oil from U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve into the market. This move is to offset the prices that were triggered by the turmoil in Middle East and in North Africa. The uprising in Libya has resulted in a loss of about 1.5 million barrels of oil a day. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement said:

“We are taking this action in response to the ongoing loss of crude oil due to supply disruptions in Libya and other countries and their impact on the global economic recovery. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to take additional steps if necessary.”

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