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Midday Update: Obama Touts Iraq Success, Plans for Vets

by Newsteam Staff
July 23, 2012

Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Heading back to the trail after a weekend off (WashPost) out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims, President Barack Obama’s campaign is touting his defense and foreign policy record with a Monday Web video (The Hill) showcasing the president’s promise to draw down the U.S. military presence in Iraq ahead of a speech at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In the VFW speech this afternoon, the president is expected to emphasis (WSJ) his administration’s “work to secure our nation, fight terrorism, renew American leadership in the world, better serve our troops and military families and honor our veterans” and outline his plans to overhaul the program that helps veterans transition from the military to work or school (StarsandStripes).


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appearing on two U.S. Sunday morning talk shows, draws parallels (Politico) between GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s upcoming visit to Israel and the one then-candidate Obama made four years ago.

Netanyahu, who has known Romney since the two worked together in the 1970s the Boston Consulting Group, said Iran and its nuclear program (HuffPost) will be at the top of his agenda when the two meet later this week.


A new poll by The Hill finds two-thirds of likely voters surveyed say the weak economy is due to bad policy coming out of Washington, and 34 percent blame President Obama than anybody else.

The poll “shows the extent to which voters hold Obama responsible for the economy and reveals his vulnerability should the election become primarily a referendum on his economic management,” writes The Hill’s Sheldon Alberts. “It finds that voters strongly believe more could have been done by the White House and in Congress to achieve growth in the economy and employment.”

The poll also shows that voters are disappointed in Congress and the Republican party, with 57 percent of those polled saying congressional Republicans have impeded the recovery with their policies and only 30 percent saying they believe the GOP has done the right things to boost the economy.

– Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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