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Convention Update: Romney Accepts GOP Nomination

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination for president. Romney and the other speakers focused primarily on domestic issues, such as education, and how they impact U.S. global competitiveness. Read more »

Midday Update: Convention Spotlights Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Convention goers listen to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Convention goers listen to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Signature moments of the Republican National Convention Wednesday night included vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who spoke on reinvigorating White House leadership of an economic turnaround (WashPost), and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who stressed the need for the U.S. president not to shirk from leadership (Reuters) on a range of global issues. Read more »

Convention Update: GOP on Foreign Policy, Competitiveness

by Newsteam Staff
Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan accepts the nomination as at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Rep. Paul Ryan accepts the GOP nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The United States’ role on the world stage and in the global economy were central topics during the second night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) accepted his party’s nomination for vice president of the United States. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Touts Education’s Economic Role

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice-presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), in Manchester, New Hampshire August 20, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, New Hampshire August 20, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama is expected use a two-day campaign trip to Ohio and Nevada to outline his differences with Mitt Romney on education and its role in U.S. competitiveness (WSJ). Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Ryan Criticizes the Withdrawal Plan

by Newsteam Staff
An Afghan boy peeks out of his home to watch a U.S. paratrooper walking past near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). An Afghan boy and a U.S. paratrooper in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

At a New Hampshire town hall Monday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan answered several questions about foreign policy, including making several remarks critical about U.S. plans for leaving Afghanistan (ABC). Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Lost in the Campaign Shuffle

by Newsteam Staff
A U.S. soldier awaits orders to fire on the mortar platoon on Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province June 28, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). A U.S. soldier in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province June 28, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

With about three months left to go in the 2012 presidential campaign, some analysts and others are wondering if the candidates and voters have forgotten that the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy at VFW

by Newsteam Staff
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 »

Afghanistan Update: GOP Still Vague on Romney’s Plan

by Newsteam Staff
A member of a Female Engagement Team attached to Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry gives candy to children in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). A member of the U.S. military in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said he disagrees with President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, but ForeignPolicy.com reports that he has not yet adequately addressed what he would do differently, challenging even members of his own party. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Says DC Gridlock Slowing Recovery

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters of President Barack Obama chant "four more years" at a campaign event at Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire, June 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters of President Barack Obama in Durham, New Hampshire, June 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

At his ninety-ninth fundraiser of the year, President Barack Obama presented a vigorous case for a second term (ABC), framing the November vote as a series of personal choices on foreign policy, healthcare, the economy, immigration, and gay rights that will have tangible effects on the lives of every day Americans. Read more »