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Midday Update: Obama Heads to Florida to Tout Tax Cuts

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands in Bowling Green, Ohio, July 18, 2012 (Matt Sullivan/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands in Bowling Green, Ohio, July 18, 2012 (Matt Sullivan/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama is heading to Florida on a two-day campaign stop (MiamiHerald) to appeal to voters on debt reduction and extending tax cuts for the middle class. A statement issued by the Obama campaign this week said he would “discuss his plan to restore middle-class security by paying down our debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invests in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term.” Read more »

Views from Abroad: Germany Says USA Now More European

by Toni Johnson
Soccer fans in Berlin June 22, 2012 (Tobias Schwarz/Courtesy Reuters) Soccer fans in Berlin June 22, 2012 (Tobias Schwarz/Courtesy Reuters)

On this week’s Views, we head again to Germany where Der Spiegel offers a roundup of German media views on last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, some which relate directly to the U.S. campaign. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Offers Glimpse of Immigration Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with the crowd after addressing the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 21, 2012 (David Manning/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with the crowd after addressing the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 21, 2012 (David Manning/Courtesy Reuters).

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney offered more specifics on his possible immigration policy (AP) in a speech on Thursday at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials conference in swing state Florida. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama on the Euro Crisis and Reelection

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters at a campaign event for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan, June 19, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters at a campaign event for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan, June 19, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Addressing Europe’s financial woes on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that the economic crisis in Europe could “have some impact” at the polls in November (TheHill). Read more »

Economy Update: Eurocrisis Vexing the Obama Campaign

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. President Barack Obama, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

The eurozone crisis continues to send ripples through the 2012 campaign with President Barack Obama under pressure to find ways to mitigate Europe’s impact on the struggling U.S. economy. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Turns Attention to G20

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd outside K's Hamburger Shop in Troy, Ohio, June 17, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd outside K's Hamburger Shop in Troy, Ohio, June 17, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama took time out from the campaign trail to attend the G20 summit in Mexico (WSJ), hoping to persuade the European Union to resolve its crisis before it further weakens the U.S. recovery and his reelection prospects. Read more »

Views from Abroad: German Magazine on Obama’s ‘Failures’

by calessi
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, October 2011 (Fabrizio Bensch/Courtesy Reuters). The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, October 2011 (Fabrizio Bensch/Courtesy Reuters).

For this week’s Views, we turn to Germany’s weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. In a wide reaching, feature-length piece on the U.S. presidential race, reporters Ullrich Fichtner, Marc Hujer, and Gregor Peter Schmitz argue that President Barack Obama has “failed to deliver” on many of the policies he championed before being elected in 2008. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama’s International Approval Dips

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters cheer President Barack Obama at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 12, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters cheer President Barack Obama at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 12, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, especially on international policies and the use of drone strikes, according to the latest study from the Pew Research Center. As a consequence, the study finds, overall confidence in the president and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly. Read more »

Economy Update: Campaigns Take up the Eurozone Crisis

by Newsteam Staff
A protester tosses a giant inflatable Earth during a march against austerity measures in Malaga, Spain May 12, 2012 (Jon Nazca/Courtesy Reuters). A protester tosses a giant inflatable Earth during a march against austerity measures in Spain, May 2012 (Jon Nazca/Courtesy Reuters).

As Europe struggles to resolve its sovereign debt crisis, worries about a global economic fallout are reverberating on the presidential campaign trail, where the U.S. economy is the top issue in the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Read more »