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Cabinet Update: John Brennan Nominated to Head the CIA

by Toni Johnson
John Brennan in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington October 29, 2010. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) John Brennan in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington October 29, 2010. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama has nominated John Brennan (Politico) to be head of the CIA, a post that has remained vacant since David Petraeus resigned in November (NBC) after disclosing an extramarital affair. Brennan is currently a chief White House aide on counterterrorism. Read more »

Congress Update: New House and Senate Committee Chairs

by Newsteam Staff
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during an immigration reform rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill October 13, 2009. (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters) Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during an immigration reform rally in front of the U.S. Capitol, October 13, 2009. (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters)

In the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin examines Rep. Ed Royce’s (R-CA) views on topics like Libya, the Arab Spring, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Spar Over ‘Secretary of Business’

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a rally November 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a rally November 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s proposal to consolidate numerous government business programs (CBS) into one agency as another layer of bureaucracy, while the Obama administration characterized it as streamlining the federal government. Read more »

What They’re Saying: Education and National Security

by Newsteam Staff
High school students attach an aileron to a 41-foot surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile as students restore it at the George T. Baker Aviation school in Miami October 10, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Courtesy Reuters) High school students attach an aileron to a 41-foot surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile as students restore it at the George T. Baker Aviation school in Miami October 10, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Courtesy Reuters)
On Education:

In the Huffington Post, education advocate Brian C. Mitchell criticizes President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney for behaving like candidates rather than leaders on education: 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 »

Midday Update: Debate on Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Obama speaks at a concert in San Francisco October 8, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Obama in San Francisco October 8, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

In a foreign policy speech Monday, GOP nominee Mitt Romney put forward policies that are similar to policies pursued by President Obama, reports Bloomberg News. Daniel W. Drezner in Foreign Policy agrees, saying that looking beyond the “overheated rhetoric” shows that Romney wants a lot of the same ends as Barack Obama.” 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 Says Mideast Needs New Strategy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wave as they arrive at a campaign event September 29, 2012. (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wave as they arrive at a campaign event September 29, 2012. (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters)

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney discusses U.S. policy in the Middle East and said President Barack Obama  is “misunderstanding” and “misapplying” U.S. values in his dealings with nations in the region, especially given the growing security situation. Read more »