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Convention Update: Touting Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Most of the 2012 campaign has focused on domestic policy, particularly the economy. But President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the close of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made room for foreign policy concerns as well, tying them with his plans for the U.S. economy: Read more »

Midday Update: Julian Castro Courts Latinos for Obama

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Delegates wave during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

At Tuesday night’s Democratic Convention, keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, urged Latino voters to support President Barack Obama’s reelection effort because of his action to “lift the shadow of deportation” for a generation of young immigrants (Bloomberg). Read more »

Convention Update: Dems’ Spotlight on National Security

by Newsteam Staff
First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, highlighting Obama administration accomplishments on defense and foreign policy as well as domestic issues such as healthcare, education, and economic policy.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine outlined the policy promises he says President Barack Obama has kept in his first term (Fox), especially national security. 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 »

Midday Update: Obama Touts Iraq Success, Plans for Vets

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Heading back to the trail after a weekend off (WashPost) out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims, President Barack Obama’s campaign is touting his defense and foreign policy record with a Monday Web video (The Hill) showcasing the president’s promise to draw down the U.S. military presence in Iraq ahead of a speech at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Read more »

Weekly Video Brief: Arab Revolutions

by Toni Johnson

This week we have a video from CFR’s Steven A. Cook examining what the winner of the 2012 presidential election will face in the Middle East following 2011′s Arab revolutions, which has sparked political change in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt as well as turmoil in Syria and Bahrain. The next U.S. president, he says, will have to grapple with the fact that the regional political order “that made it relatively easier and relatively less expensive for the United States to pursue its interests in the Middle East has been turned over.”

Watch below:
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Midday Update: In Iowa, Obama Talks Energy and Jobs

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama with voters in Newton, Iowa May 24, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama with voters in Newton, Iowa May 24, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama took to the campaign trail Thursday in a speech in Iowa calling for clean-energy tax credits, saying they are good for both the environment and the economy (Politico). Read more »

Midday Roundup: Voters Support Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Voters approve more highly of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy than of the economy, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which also shows a nearly even split between Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney overall. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: More Critiques of Romney’s Team

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, April 27, 2012 (Matt Sullivan/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, April 27, 2012 (Matt Sullivan/Courtesy Reuters).

A story from the New York Times’ David Sanger on a lack of a unified vision among presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s foreign policy advisers has opened the door for analysts to deliver their critiques of his foreign policy and national securitycamp. Read more »