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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: Romney Accepts GOP Nomination

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination for president. Romney and the other speakers focused primarily on domestic issues, such as education, and how they impact U.S. global competitiveness. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Touts Education’s Economic Role

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice-presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), in Manchester, New Hampshire August 20, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, New Hampshire August 20, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama is expected use a two-day campaign trip to Ohio and Nevada to outline his differences with Mitt Romney on education and its role in U.S. competitiveness (WSJ). Read more »

Midday Update: Zoellick Heads Mitt’s Foreign Policy Transition

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters of President Barack Obama at a campaign rally at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, Colorado, August 8, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters of President Barack Obama at a campaign rally at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, Colorado, August 8, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Former World Bank President Robert Zoellick has already begun work as the head of national security transition planning for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s potential administration (FP), though some inside the campaign’s foreign policy advisory team and the Republican party oppose the pick. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Advisers Hone Foreign Policy Message

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama greets well-wishers at JFK Airport in New York, August 6, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama greets well-wishers at JFK Airport in New York, August 6, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Though foreign policy issues are taking a backseat to the economy in the 2012 election, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team holds a weekly conference call with top campaign officials to hone the candidate’s foreign policy message (WashPost). Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates, Congress Focus on Tax Cuts

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama shakes hands at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio, August 1, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama shakes hands at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio, August 1, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama continued his economic appeal to middle-class voters (NPR) Wednesday while campaigning in Ohio, where the auto industry bailout is helping him hold a small lead over his opponent (TheHill). Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Analysts Discuss Romney’s Trip Abroad

by Newsteam Staff
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romneyoutside the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romneyoutside the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

With presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s six-day, three country trip abroad at a close, analysts and politicos are weighing in on the candidate’s overseas performance.

Some Republicans consider the trip a win for the candidate. Read more »

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 »

Midday Update: Romney Meets With Leaders in Poland

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Members of the audience applaud as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Members of the audience applaud as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

After delivering a major speech in Jerusalem Sunday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued his overseas travels with a Monday fundraiser in Israel that was closed to the press (Politico) before heading to Poland for meetings with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and former President Lech Walesa (ABC). Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Romney Talks Tough on Iran in Israel

by Newsteam Staff
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City July 29, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Taking his overseas tour to Israel, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used a Sunday speech in Jerusalem to take a hardline against Iran (LAT) and its nuclear ambitions and emphasize his commitment to Israel, but analysts debate how clear Romney was on setting himself apart from President Barack Obama. Read more »