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Congress Update: Bob Corker on Foreign Relations

by Newsteam Staff
Republican Senator Bob Corker makes a statement following a closed session about the new START treaty on Capitol Hill December 20, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Republican Senator Bob Corker makes a statement following a closed session about the new START treaty on Capitol Hill December 20, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

Although neither the House nor the Senate switched hands in the recent election, the chairpersons, along with many other influential members, of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will be changing. In Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin writes, “Several key committee leadership posts are changing hands, influential leaders are exiting Washington, and a new crop of national security lawmakers is looking to fill their void. Read more »

Debate Three: Candidates Take on Foreign Policy, Economy

by Newsteam Staff
GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney debated foreign policy last night, agreeing with each other on several major issues (NPR) including the use of drones in Pakistan and how to deal with the conflict in Syria, as well as relating many of the topics back to domestic and economic themes. Read more »

VP Debate: Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Tackle Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
GOP vice-presidential nominee Ryan and U.S. Vice President Biden chat at the conclusion of the U.S. vice presidential debate October 11, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters) GOP vice-presidential nominee Ryan and U.S. Vice President Biden chat at the conclusion of the U.S. vice presidential debate October 11, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters)

Vice President Joe Biden and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan faced off in the only vice presidential debate of the campaign 2012, covering international topics from Iran to Syria to Afghanistan in what turned out to be a foreign-policy heavy discussion (NBC). Here’s what they had to say on Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan. Read more »

Midday Update: Ryan Criticizes Obama on Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Audience members arrive for a campaign rally with GOP nominee Mitt Romney in Denver October 1, 2012. (Brian Snyder /Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Audience members arrive for a campaign rally with GOP nominee Mitt Romney in Denver October 1, 2012. (Brian Snyder /Courtesy Reuters)

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan yesterday criticized President Obama’s handling of the troop drawdown from Afghanistan (ABC), saying that the decision went against the advice of commanders on the ground and was done before the election for political benefit. ABC News reports: Read more »

Midday Update: Romney’s ‘Subtle Contrast’ on Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 12, 2012. (Jim Young/Reuters) Photo of the Day: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 12, 2012. (Jim Young/Reuters)

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney discussed his plans for the U.S. military and the drawdown from Afghanistan in a speech at the National Guard Convention Tuesday that some say “drew only subtle contrasts with the president’s foreign policy” (WashPost) and mainly “echoed the current U.S. policy” (Politico). Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Plays Defense on Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia September 8, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Virginia Beach, September 8, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

In an appearance on Meet the Press, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney defended the absence of Afghanistan policy in his convention speech and criticized President Barack Obama for not being tougher with Iran. Read more »

Convention Update: Touting Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Most of the 2012 campaign has focused on domestic policy, particularly the economy. But President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the close of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made room for foreign policy concerns as well, tying them with his plans for the U.S. economy: Read more »

Midday Update: Julian Castro Courts Latinos for Obama

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Delegates wave during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

At Tuesday night’s Democratic Convention, keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, urged Latino voters to support President Barack Obama’s reelection effort because of his action to “lift the shadow of deportation” for a generation of young immigrants (Bloomberg). Read more »

Convention Update: Dems’ Spotlight on National Security

by Newsteam Staff
First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, highlighting Obama administration accomplishments on defense and foreign policy as well as domestic issues such as healthcare, education, and economic policy.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine outlined the policy promises he says President Barack Obama has kept in his first term (Fox), especially national security. Read more »

Midday Update: Democrats Kick Off Convention Week

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: First lady Michelle Obama speaks with actor and Obama administration official Kal Penn on a tour of the stagethe day before her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: First lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

The Democrats kick off their national convention today in Charlotte, North Carolina, introducing a platform that calls for an international agreement to fight global climate change (TheHill) and ending the war in Afghanistan (Politico). Read more »