Russia Joins WTO: After two decades of negotiations, Russia will finally join the World Trade Organization today. But American companies may face higher Russian tariffs than their competitors from other countries because Congress has not granted Russia normal trade relation status, The New York Times reports.
Digging In: Embattled Rep. Todd Akin is insisting he's in the U.S. Senate race to stay, saying "this is not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee, the Associated Press reports.
Full Disclosure: Exxon Mobil Corp., BHP Billiton Ltd. and other energy and mining firms will have to report what they pay each country they tap resources from under a rule the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has the votes to adopt, according to Bloomberg.
Pay Freeze: President Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday that he is extending a two-year pay freeze for federal employees until at least next spring because Congress has not agreed on a budget for the next fiscal year, the Washington Post reports.
GOP on Immigration: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach persuaded the Republican platform committee Tuesday to toughen its language on immigration. The committee overwhelmingly voted to add language proposed by Kobach calling for the completion of a border fence, the end of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and an end to sanctuary cities, Politico reports.