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Transition 2012

A guide to foreign policy and the 2012 U.S. presidential transition.

Midday Update: Romney Wraps up Trip With Warsaw Speech

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Photo of the Day: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann (R) visit the Warsaw Uprising Memorial in Warsaw, July 31, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann (R) visit the Warsaw Uprising Memorial in Warsaw, July 31, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up his trip abroad Tuesday with a speech in Warsaw heralding the Polish economy as a model for the world.

“The world should pay close attention to the transformation of Poland’s economy,” Romney said. “A march toward economic liberty and smaller government has meant a march toward higher living standards, a strong military that defends liberty at home and abroad, and an important and growing role on the international stage.” Read more »

Economy Update: Romney Discusses Banking Regulations

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, July 31, 2012
President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) (C) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) look on in Washington, July 21, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) (C) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) look on in Washington, July 21, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

While in London, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told a group of bankers at a fundraiser that Republicans may have been wrong to call for less regulation of the banking industry (HuffPost), but that doesn’t mean he approves of the regulations President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Meets With Leaders in Poland

by Newsteam Staff Monday, July 30, 2012
Photo of the Day: Members of the audience applaud as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Members of the audience applaud as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

After delivering a major speech in Jerusalem Sunday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued his overseas travels with a Monday fundraiser in Israel that was closed to the press (Politico) before heading to Poland for meetings with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and former President Lech Walesa (ABC). Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Romney Talks Tough on Iran in Israel

by Newsteam Staff Monday, July 30, 2012
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Taking his overseas tour to Israel, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used a Sunday speech in Jerusalem to take a hardline against Iran (LAT) and its nuclear ambitions and emphasize his commitment to Israel, but analysts debate how clear Romney was on setting himself apart from President Barack Obama. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: What’s the Goal of Romney’s Trip?

by Newsteam Staff Friday, July 27, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at 10 Downing Street to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

During his trip abroad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged not to criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as some analysts are debating the actual point of his trip. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Meets with Leaders in London

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, July 26, 2012
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney kicked off his overseas trip with a series of meetings with British leaders (AP), including Prime Minister David Cameron. Read more »

Economy Update: Swing State Jobless Rates Down

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, July 26, 2012
A worker at the American Museum of Natural History cleans a 94-foot blue whale model at the museum in New York September 7, 2011 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). A worker at the American Museum of Natural History cleans a 94-foot blue whale model at the museum in New York September 7, 2011 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

While the U.S. economy continues to struggle, unemployment numbers are looking better in many swing states, which could an important impact on how things pan out for candidates when voters head to the polls in November, say some analysts. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Heads Abroad

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives to address the 113th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 24, 2012 (James Glover/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives to address the 113th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 24, 2012 (James Glover/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney today begins a six-day overseas tour today to meet leaders in England, Israel, and Poland, visit the Olympic Games, and bolster his foreign policy credentials–as well as court U.S. voters living abroad (USAToday). Read more »

Economy Update: Eurozone Crisis Still a Campaign Factor

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The euro currency sign through the window on a rainy evening in Frankfurt July 13, 2012 (Alex Domanski/Courtesy Reuters). The euro currency sign through the window on a rainy evening in Frankfurt July 13, 2012 (Alex Domanski/Courtesy Reuters).

The ongoing eurozone crisis is a major factor in the slow pace of U.S. economic recovery, say some analysts, and continued economic problems in Europe could spell problems for President Barack Obama in his bid for reelection.

The global economy is in the worst shape it has been since 2009, according to an Associated Press report. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy at VFW

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Photo of the Day: Audience members listen to President Barack Obama at the 113th VFW National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 23, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Audience members listen to President Barack Obama at the 113th VFW National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 23, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to reveal some of his foreign policy plans ahead of his trip abroad in a speech this afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention (Politico). Read more »