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

Fiscal Cliff Update: Polls Show Support for Obama

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, December 13, 2012
House Speaker John Boehner at the Capitol, December 13, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). House Speaker John Boehner at the Capitol, December 13, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday shows that 49 percent of the U.S. public approves of President Obama’s handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations (CNN), and 25 percent approve of House Speaker John Boehner’s actions. Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Update: Second Round of Proposals

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Community organizations and labour groups hold a demonstration for their views in handling of the 'Fiscal Cliff' December 10, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Courtesy Reuters) Community organizations and labour groups hold a demonstration for their views in handling of the 'Fiscal Cliff' December 10, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama made a new fiscal cliff proposal (CBSNews) on Monday and Republicans made another counteroffer on Tuesday. Specifics of the proposals have not been released other than that Obama’s offer calls for $1.4 trillion in new revenue, down from $1.6 trillion. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner continued to press him to identify specific spending cuts. Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Update: Obama Takes Campaign to Michigan

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, December 11, 2012
President Obama watches as a turbocharger is attached to a diesel engine under construction as he tours the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant December 10, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) President Obama watches as a turbocharger is attached to a diesel engine under construction as he tours the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant December 10, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama took his fiscal cliff campaign to Michigan (AP) Monday, where he spoke to an audience at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant about manufacturing in the United States and discussed his plan to reduce the deficit and avert the cliff. Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Update: Boehner and Obama Still Negotiating

by Newsteam Staff Monday, December 10, 2012
House Speaker Boehner speaks during a news conference on the fiscal cliff in Washington December 5, 2012. (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters) House Speaker Boehner speaks during a news conference on the fiscal cliff in Washington December 5, 2012. (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters)

House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama met privately at the White House Sunday to discuss the fiscal cliff (LATimes), their first face-to-face meeting in over three weeks. Details of the meeting have not been made public, but “it was the clearest sign yet that after a week of public posturing and dire warnings intended to sway public opinion, the private negotiations may be producing progress,” report the LA Times. Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Update: Twenty-five Days and Counting

by Newsteam Staff Friday, December 7, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands at the Business Roundtable in Washington December 5, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands at the Business Roundtable in Washington December 5, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

With twenty-five days to go until the fiscal cliff and a November jobs report showing that unemployment decreased to 7.7 percent (ABC), House Speaker John Boehner has conceded that the wealthy will pay more in taxes (CNN) and some Republicans are falling in line behind him (CBS). Read more »

What They’re Saying: Second-Term Engagement

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Secretary of Defense Panetta introduces President Barack Obama at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium December 3, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Secretary of Defense Panetta introduces President Barack Obama at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium December 3, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)
On Foreign Policy

The Economist’s Lexington blog notes that typically American presidents look abroad to create their legacy during a second term, but that President Obama may be an exception: Read more »

Congress Update: Lieberman’s Retirement and Polarization

by Newsteam Staff Monday, December 3, 2012
U.S. Senator Graham, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman attend a news conference in Kabul July 3, 2011. (Mohammad Ismail/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. Senator Graham, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman attend a news conference in Kabul July 3, 2011. (Mohammad Ismail/Courtesy Reuters)

Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s (I-CT) retirement will not only break up “the three amigos,” a group comprised of Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and himself, the loss of the bipartisan group’s Democrat-turned-Independent member could also “profoundly affect their ability to influence foreign policy,” reports the New York Times. Read more »