Vietnam War

Vietnam Trade Embargo Lifted, Ending 50-Year Policy
Obama announces rescinding of ban in Hanoi

President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang answer questions at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama administration will lift a decades-old ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam, ending one of the last vestiges of both the Vietnam conflict and the Cold War, President Barack Obama announced at a Hanoi news conference Monday.  

Obama dismissed suggestions that the change was related to China's growing strength in the region, but said it will "ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself."  

Three Potential Missteps Awaiting Obama in Asia
Will president resist a non-apology apology in Hiroshima?

White House officials have insisted that President Barack Obama will not apologize for the World War II atomic bombings during his visit to Hiroshima. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama will be looking to further shape his legacy during a week long trek across Asia that will highlight a massive trade deal and military cooperation with allies.  

But as Obama presses the region's leaders to formalize a trade pact he wants as a cornerstone of his legacy and travels to a city where nearly 200,000 people were killed by an American nuclear bomb, the swing is rife with potential pitfalls.  

Congressional Patriot Award Goes to Lewis, Johnson
Congressmen Fought Different Fights but for the Same Cause

Lewis, left, was a Freedom Rider; Johnson was a POW for seven years. (Roll Call file photos)

Two men from opposite political ends will be recognized Tuesday for a common trait: patriotism.  

The Georgia liberal was badly injured on “Bloody Sunday” marching for civil rights over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. The Texas conservative spent seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. On Tuesday, Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Sam Johnson, R-Texas, will share a stage at the Library of Congress and receive the inaugural Congressional Patriot Award, presented by the Bipartisan Policy Center.