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After Reassessment, Cain Suspended His campaign

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Reassessing his presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced Saturday his major decision in Atlanta that he would suspend his campaign amid continued sexual accusations.

One of focal points of his dropout from the presidential candidate race is how he reached the decisions. Aljazeera and CBS News do not explicitly say how the decision made, but readers can infer from the news that the sexual allegations are related to his decisions.

CBS News interviewed Cain and shared what Cain said in the interview about his interaction with his wife, Gloria. The news organization said that Cain said he understood the pain existing inside her when she assured that she was on his side and did not want his wife and family to endure the pain caused by sexual accusations. Aljazeera included a similar story but did not mention his wife thus failed to capture his feelings toward his wife and family .

The announcement would affect Cain's supporters in various ways. While CBS news reported reactions from supporters gathered at the rally, Aljazeera paid attention to how support would move. Aljazeera said that Newt Gingrich would be likely to gain more support because Cain, even though he did not say whom he endorsed, would be likely to support Gingrich.

Also, the difference between CBS News and Aljazeera appeared in term of policies. CBS News mentioned Cain's domestic tax plan that would fix income, sale and corporation tax at 9 percent, but Aljazeera reported his ignorance of policy issues.

Gloria said after the announcement that he decided to withdraw from the Republican candidate Friday before he arrived at his home, according to CBS News.

The Fox News said Cain would launch an organization to promote his agendas, such as the tax plan and his foreign policy.

Stalemate Over Budget Talk But Time Ticks

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Members of a joint committee found themselves on Sunday that it would be difficult to break the stalemate over $1.2 trillion federal budget deficit deals by the deadline, criticizing each other for their stubbornness about taxation and entitlement spending.

While Democrats said that Republicans had little willingness to compromise on new taxes for revenues, Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, co-chairman of the committee, countered Democrats by saying that the stalemate continued because of the Democrat's inflexibility to accept reduction in Medicare and Social Security, the New York Times said.

The New York Times mentions this to clarify what disputes between Republican and Democrats and frame the conflicts between them over the deficit-reduction talk. The New York Times, illustrates how divided the committee is by quoting members' words from talks on TV.

While the New York Times pays attention to conflicts, the Los Angeles Times look at what kind of deals members have offered in the bipartisan talk.

The Republican had $640 billion a debt-reduction plan on the table. The Los Angeles Times reported. The offer would contain $542 billion spending cut and $98 billion savings generated by lowering interest payments on the national debts.

The Los Angeles Times said that Sen. Democrat John F. Kerry of Massachusetts said Democrats offered $4 trillion reductions on important programs that would likely to stir anger in public.

The New York Time said that the Congressional Budget Office estimated that automatic spending cut would result in 7.8 percent budget cut in domestic programs and 10 percent cut in defense program that considered to be the largest cut if the committee cannot reach the deal.

Gold is not here, but in Asian-Pacific

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The United States and eight Asian-Pacific nations reached Saturday a broad agreement that would facilitate liberalization of trade among the countries.

The agreement is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It is designed to remove tariffs to facilitate free-trade between the United States and Asian-Pacific countries.

One of the focal points in the agreement that media frame is a relationship between the United States and China. While the United States attempted to attract Asian-Pacific nations by saying that the United States would keep its economic primacy, President Hu Jintao competed the vision by saying that China would transform into an innovative country that has potential and capital, the Washington Post reported.

The Washing Post said that China must abide by rules, but does not clearly mention what the rules are, but the New York Times reported what rules the United States asked China to follow. It said that Obama said China would have to adjust their currency rate accordingly and improve intellectual property rights.

While both companies mainly focus on China, The New York Times features different angles. It said that the agreement is important for the United States in term of political debates and 2012 re-election because GOP presidential candidates have criticized Obama through bashing economic relationship between the United States and China. Also, in the meeting, security concerns about Iran's nuclear program rose.

On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal deals with what the agreement means to Japan, which is not covered by the Washington Post and the New York Times. The agreement is beneficial for export-oriented countries like Japan because the pact would facilitate competition in the sector of electronics and auto companies, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Liberation of trade does not necessarily mean that it generates benefits for Japan. Japanese opponents of TPP said that liberation of trade would have impacts on agriculture and universal health insurance, the Wall Street Journal reported.

However, the Wall Street Journal shows to what extent agriculture contributes to the economy. It said that Agriculture only occupies 1.4 percent of the economy while manufactures occupy 20 percents. It costs $60 billion for the Japanese government to protect farmers from overseas agricultural products through tariffs and other policies.

Greek parties are unified to overcome the economic crisis

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Greek leaders agreed Sunday to form a new unified government after the resignation of Prime Minister George Papandreou.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the unified government is a traditional government, but does not define a traditional government.

The New York Times does not say that the unified government is traditional. It said that the current Greek party system was a product of a civil war between right and left in late 1940s and increased political ideological gap between left and right. The two-party system had continued for more than 40 years after the end of military dictatorship, but Sunday' decision would take Greek to uncharted waters.

The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times deal with who is going to lead the new government. They say that Lucas Papademos, a former governor in the Bank of Greece and a former vice president in European Central Bank, is believed to be a possible leader.

The Wall Street Journal said that Papandreou said that he has considered Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos as a temporary prime minister in the unified government.

The Los Angeles Times, using an anonymous source, said that besides Papademos, European ombudsman Nikiforso Diamantouros and independent deputy Elsa Papadimitriou are other possible candidates of leaders of the news government, but I wonder using the source is appropriate when the news is really sensitive.

The New York Times, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times focus on conflicts between the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and the New Democracy party, reactions from both leaders and background of how the unified government emerged.

However, the Wall Street Journal reports what the unified government means for the Greek future. It said that if Venizelos is in charge of forming the new government, he would urge Parliament to approve the bailout program by creditors.

Gov. Scott Walker developed Wednesday his policy that would enable the public to carry firearms into limited places in the state Capitol.

The policy said that people could carry guns on the Assembly floor and in the Assembly viewing galleries, but in order to bring guns, people would have to abide by existing rules, such as prohibition of using cameras and video cameras, the Journal Sentinel Online reported. Also, it said that lawmakers can decide own policies regarding whether the public can enter into lawmakers' offices with guns.

The policy cam put along with the concealed gun law that would enable the public to carry gun in a public area from Nov. 1, the Badger Herald reported.

This policy is nothing new. The Huffington Post reports that 10 out of 51 states (Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Minnesota, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Virginia), although restrictions vary in each state, allows the public to bring guns in state Capitols.

The Journal Sentinel Online said that experienced protests this spring, Wisconsin installed metal detectors in order to prevent the public from bringing guns into the state Capitol because death threat messages intimidated legislators.

lawmakers would have more secure environment thanks to the law, but the Badger Herald said that Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said the concealed law diverts people's attention from other issues, such as job creations and budgets.

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