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Foreign Policy Update: Obama’s Record Still a Trial for Romney

by Newsteam Staff
Atlas statue, Rockefeller Center, New York City November 16, 2007. (Javier Carbajal/WikiCommons) Atlas statue, Rockefeller Center, New York City November 16, 2007. (Javier Carbajal/WikiCommons)

Foreign policy has been playing out in a big way on the campaign trail all week, from Afghanistan to China, for the most part playing to a strength of President Barack Obama while GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney tried to direct attention to the foundering economy. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Campaigns Step Up Battle on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech in New York, April 26, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech in New York, April 26, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign adviser Richard Williamson warned (FP) that developments in North Korea, continued unrest in Syria and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, could signal an unraveling of President Obama’s foreign policy, likening it to the troubled last months of the Carter administration. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Obama Defends Energy Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Obama at the University of Miami in Florida, February 23, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Obama at the University of Miami in Florida, February 23, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

In a speech at the University of Miami, where he toured an engineering program for energy efficiency, President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his energy policies (WashPost). He said there are no “quick fixes” for rising gas prices, and argued that his “all of the above” policy, which includes increased domestic production, improved fuel efficiency standards, and clean energy investment, is the smartest way to insulate the United States from the volatility of the global oil market. Read more »

Views From Abroad: The U.S. Elections and Iran

by Toni Johnson
Beijing's National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, July 3, 2009. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) Beijing's National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, July 3, 2009. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters)

This week we have a roundup of articles from several countries. We will start with China, a country that has fueled domestic coverage in the past couple of days with Vice President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Polls Show Voters See Iran As Major Threat

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attending an unveiling ceremony of new nuclear projects in Tehran, February 15, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attending an unveiling ceremony of new nuclear projects in Tehran, February 15, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters)

Across the U.S. political spectrum, a majority of people surveyed view Iran as a critical threat to the United States and favor the possible use of force to prevent the country from getting nuclear weapons, according to two polls released by Gallup and Pew. Read more »