The Detroit Free Press: “President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visit General Motors' Orion Township assembly plant today to promote a free trade agreement that could stimulate exports of U.S.-made products to South Korea, Colombia and Panama. In a show of bipartisanship, both the House of Representatives and Senate have passed the legislation. South Korea has used taxes and tariffs to make imported vehicles much more expensive than those produced in that country.”
“President Obama arrives here on Friday on another visit to Michigan, seeking not only the electoral votes that are essential to his re-election effort, but a platform for a far bigger message,” the New York Times adds. “He has returned again and again, nine times since taking office, to argue that his decision to bail out two of the Big Three automakers helped workers here and across the industrial Midwest. He has offered up a rebuttal to criticism about the value of government intervention.”
“Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood ‘let it slip to reporters that he would leave his post after 2012 at the end of President Obama's first term,’ the Wall Street Journal reports,” per Political Wire.