Washington Daybook: Governors Gathering

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President Barack Obama listens to Japan’s new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Feb. 22, 2013.

Trade is at the top of the agenda when President Barack Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House today.

Aides said removing Japanese barriers for U.S. automakers is “an important pre- condition” to Japan’s potential entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a
trade deal being negotiated between the U.S. and 10 other Pacific nations.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other state chief executives will make their concerns about trade, the economy and sequestration known in appearances across Washington today as they gather for this weekend’s winter meetings of the National Governors Association. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with Democratic governors this morning, and Walker will be interviewed tonight on Bloomberg Television at 9 p.m.

More than half of Americans surveyed in a Bloomberg News poll want
Congress to delay the steep spending cuts set to take effect from March 1,
backing a compromise that includes increased tax revenue and changes to
Medicare and Social Security.

Today is the deadline the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee set for the Justice Department to explain its use of exemptions to avoid releasing government records under the Freedom of Information Act.

Boeing officials will present their redesign of the 787 Dreamliner’s battery to FAA regulators that they believe will satisfy safety concerns and allow the jet back into service within weeks.

Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin participates in a Brookings Institution forum on military budgeting.

And NASA holds a Google+ Hangout with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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