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Midday Update: Romney Wraps up Trip With Warsaw Speech

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann (R) visit the Warsaw Uprising Memorial in Warsaw, July 31, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann (R) visit the Warsaw Uprising Memorial in Warsaw, July 31, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up his trip abroad Tuesday with a speech in Warsaw heralding the Polish economy as a model for the world.

“The world should pay close attention to the transformation of Poland’s economy,” Romney said. “A march toward economic liberty and smaller government has meant a march toward higher living standards, a strong military that defends liberty at home and abroad, and an important and growing role on the international stage.” Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Candidates Still Talking About the Economy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney addresses a crowd at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan May 8, 2012 (Rebecca Cook/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney addresses a crowd at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan May 8, 2012 (Rebecca Cook/Courtesy Reuters)

In Michigan Tuesday, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney said the United States was on a path of “the greatest economic divergence of the last hundred years” shortly before sweeping another GOP three primaries. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Romney Goes After Business Regulations

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney meets the crowd in Chantilly, Virginia May 2, 2012 (Benjamin Myers/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney meets the crowd in Chantilly, Virginia May 2, 2012 (Benjamin Myers/Courtesy Reuters).

At a campaign stop focused on women-owned small businesses in northern Virginia, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke of lowering taxes and requiring regulators to remove a regulation for every new one added (NationalJournal), and said the current administration’s policies are hurting small business and, in turn, the overall economy. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Biden to Defend Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters listen toPresident Barack Obama at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, April 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters listen to President Barack Obama at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, April 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Vice President Joe Biden is expected defend President Barack Obama’s national security and international affairs record and criticize GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s foreign policy (AP), linking it to the policies of former President George W. Bush. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Voter Opinions on Energy Diversify

by Newsteam Staff
The sun rises behind windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011 (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters). The sun rises behind windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011 (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters).

In days of ever-climbing gas prices and partisan campaigning about energy policy, voters are open to a wide variety of energy proposals, though some plans get mostly party-line support, says Gallup. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Poll Shows Obama Ahead, But Not on Jobs

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Occupy the Hood member protests home foreclosures in Cincinnati, Ohio March 24, 2012 (John Sommers II/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Occupy the Hood member protests home foreclosures in Cincinnati, Ohio March 24, 2012 (John Sommers II/Courtesy Reuters).

Polls show that in a general election match-up President Obama has a lead over Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.  A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll was no exception finding that 51 percent of voters said they would vote for  Obama in a general election, while 44 percent said they would vote for Romney. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Candidates Differ Over Job Market Report

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama and family walk from the White House to an Easter Church service April 8, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama and family head to an Easter Church service April 8, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

A new U.S. jobs report showing market continues to improve was good news — or bad, depending on which presidential candidate was talking about it (ABC). Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Obama Makes Strides on Jobs

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama signs the JOBS Act at the White House April 5, 2012. (Jason reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama signs the JOBS Act at the White House April 5, 2012. (Jason reed/Courtesy Reuters)

With voters continuing to worry about unemployment, President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act into law Thursday, giving him “one more talking point with which to try and blunt the GOP’s election-year charges that he’s been bad for jobs.” (NPR) Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Romney Advised to Go Abroad

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney speaks at an annual newspaper editors' luncheon in Washington, April 4, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Washington, April 4, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Following Mitt Romney’s three-state sweep Tuesday, ABC political analyst and former Bush-Cheney 2004 chief strategist Matthew Dowd offered some advice to the GOP front runner: go to a foreign country. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: The Oil Market and Iran Sanctions

by Newsteam Staff
Iranian crude oil supertanker "Delvar" anchored off Singapore March 1, 2012. (Tim Chong/Courtesy Reuters) Iranian crude oil supertanker "Delvar" anchored off Singapore March 1, 2012. (Tim Chong/Courtesy Reuters)

With both gas prices and Iran resonating on the campaign trail, President Barack Obama said recently there is enough oil is being produced worldwide (NYTto proceed with Iran sanctions aimed at slashing the country’s oil revenue without suffering unbearable global oil price increases. Read more »