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Fiscal Cliff Update: The Lingering Uncertainty

by Toni Johnson
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the House John Boehner the first day of the 113th Congress in Washington January 3, 2013. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the House John Boehner the first day of the 113th Congress in Washington January 3, 2013. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

Congress was able to come to a last minute deal to stave off going over the so-called fiscal cliff, with President Obama signing a compromise fiscal package into law on January 2, 2013. 

This chart compares several alternative fiscal cliff proposals with the final compromise legislation courtesy of the Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Read more »

Congress Update: Outgoing Leaders Discuss Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Sens. Kerry (D-MA) and Lugar (R-IN) depart together after a news conference after the Senate ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty December 22, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst /Courtesy Reuters). Sens. Lugar (R-IN) and Kerry (D-MA) depart together after a news conference after the Senate ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty December 22, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst /Courtesy Reuters).

Richard Lugar (R-IN), outgoing ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, writes in The National Interest that there needs to be more cooperation between the president and Congress on foreign policy and national security issues. Read more »

Debate One: Obama and Romney Focus on the Economy

by Newsteam Staff
A crowd of spectators watches the start of the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate at Denver University in Denver, Colorado October 3, 2012. (Mark Leffingwell/Courtesy Reuters) A crowd of spectators watches the start of the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate at Denver University in Denver, Colorado October 3, 2012. (Mark Leffingwell/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney met last night for the first of three debates, which focused on domestic economic issues. Here’s what they had to say on job creation, entitlement spending, and taxation. Read more »

Convention Update: The Candidates and Foreign Policy

by Toni Johnson
The 2012 Republican National Convention opening in Tampa, , August 27, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters) The 2012 Republican National Convention opening in Tampa, , August 27, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters)

The GOP convention has begun in Tampa. National political conventions as a rule primarily focus on domestic policy, and the 2012 election has largely been about the U.S. economy and ancillary issues like entitlement spending. However, there are number of foreign policy issues that could also come to play. Read more »

Convention Update: A History of Foreign Policy Platforms

by Toni Johnson
Republican National Convention as preparations continue for the delayed start of the convention in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012. (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters) Republican National Convention as preparations continue for the delayed start of the convention in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012. (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters)

With the Republican National Convention kicking off this week, we took a look at some  of the more memorable and pivotal moments of convention platforms and speeches addressing major foreign policy issues in prior years for both parties. Read more »

Immigration Update: GOP’s Platform Takes a Tough Stance

by Newsteam Staff
A man tries to climb the wall separating the Mexican city of Nogales Sonora and Nogales Arizona May 1, 2010 (Alonso Castillo/Courtesy Reuters). A man tries to climb the wall separating the Mexican city of Nogales Sonora and Nogales Arizona May 1, 2010 (Alonso Castillo/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican Party is officially endorsing a strong stance against illegal immigration with changes to the party platform agreed to days before the national party convention begins in Tampa. Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Ryan Criticizes the Withdrawal Plan

by Newsteam Staff
An Afghan boy peeks out of his home to watch a U.S. paratrooper walking past near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). An Afghan boy and a U.S. paratrooper in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

At a New Hampshire town hall Monday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan answered several questions about foreign policy, including making several remarks critical about U.S. plans for leaving Afghanistan (ABC). Read more »

Economy Update: Medicare Taking Campaign Center Stage

by Newsteam Staff
A kidney transplant patient listens to a doctor's instructions in New York, August 1, 2012 (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters). A kidney transplant patient listens to a doctor's instructions in New York, August 1, 2012 (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters).

The political battle over Medicare shows no signs of slowing down as both presidential campaigns double down (NYT) on touting their plans for the government-run health insurance plan for seniors, which could have a huge impact on the future of the U.S. economy. Read more »

China Update: Ryan Echoes Romney on Trade Issues

by Newsteam Staff
A worker at a textile mill in Huaibei, Anhui province, China August 1, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). A worker at a textile mill in Huaibei, Anhui province, China August 1, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made his first foreign policy pronouncement since becoming GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, hitting China on intellectual property theft and currency manipulation as questions begin to surface about his record on trade issues. Read more »