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Views From Abroad: World Reacts to Obama’s Win

by Newsteam Staff
A man carries balloons for sale during Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi October 27, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters) A man carries balloons for sale during Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi October 27, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views we head to Pakistan, where  Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad writes in Pakistan Today that “Unless Pakistan and US manage to remove the deep seated suspicions they entertain about one another, there is little likelihood of any significant improvement in their relations. The relations may in fact further deteriorate.” He also says of President Asif Zardari and his challenger Imran Khan in the upcoming election that: Read more »

What They’re Saying: Obama and Averting the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A man exits after watching U.S. President Barack Obama's acceptance speech broadcast live in Times Square November 7, 2012. (Andrew Kelly/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A man exits after watching U.S. President Barack Obama's acceptance speech broadcast live in Times Square November 7, 2012. (Andrew Kelly/Courtesy Reuters)
Obama’s Reelection and the Economy

The LA Times editorial board writes that President Obama’s most immediate challenge is averting the fiscal cliff, which has the potential to send the United States back into recession if a deal isn’t reached before January. They also say that the “longer-term problem for the president will be coping with the dueling pressures of an economy that’s growing too slowly and a federal debt that’s growing too fast, largely because of the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid.” Read more »

Midday Update: Obama’s Post-Election Challenges

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term (WashPost) Tuesday, winning a majority of both the electoral vote and the popular vote, and now faces a tough road ahead on economic and national security issues. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates to Debate Foreign Policy Tonight

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters of GOP nominee Mitt Romney cheer at a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida October 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Supporters of GOP nominee Mitt Romney cheer at a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida October 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney meet for their third and final debate tonight, which will focus on foreign policy topics (NYT). Read more »

Midday Update: Obama, Romney Close on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Obama and GOP nominee Romney in New York October 18, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters) Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Obama and GOP nominee Romney in New York October 18, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are nearly tied in a new Pew survey on which candidate would do a better job making wise foreign policy decisions, with 47 percent favoring Obama and 43 percent choosing Romney. This represents a gain of fifteen points for Romney since September. 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: Romney Continues Benghazi Criticism

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally at a farm in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans continued to criticize President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack ahead of today’s first congressional hearing (Politico) on the matter. Romney has accused Obama of mischaracterizing the attack and taking too long to acknowledge that it was an act of terror (WashPost). Read more »

What They’re Saying: Romney’s Speech and the Iran Debate

by Newsteam Staff
GOP nominee Romney delivers his foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute October 8, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) GOP nominee Romney delivers his foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute October 8, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)
On Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech:

A New York Times editorial criticized a number of points that Romney outlined is his speech Monday, faulting the lack of specifics and stance on the Middle East. Read more »

Midday Update: Iran’s Unrest and Romney’s Narrative

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver October 3, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver October 3, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters)

Protests in Tehran over the sharp decline in value of the rial, caused in part by U.S. sanctions, potentially upsets “GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s efforts to paint President Barack Obama’s Iran policy as ineffectual,” reports Politico. Read more »

What They’re Saying: Take on the Immigration Impasse

by Newsteam Staff
Undocumented UCLA students attend workshop for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program August 15, 2012. (Jonathan Alcorn/Courtesy Reuters) Undocumented UCLA students attend workshop for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program August 15, 2012. (Jonathan Alcorn/Courtesy Reuters)
On Immigration

In a piece for the Huffington Post, Mallika Dutt accuses both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney of inaction on the immigration issue. Read more »