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Economy Update: Debate Shifts to Plans on Medicare Reform

by Newsteam Staff
A nurse administers a flu vaccine in Fairfax, Virginia, October 13, 2004. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). A nurse administers a flu vaccine in Fairfax, Virginia, October 13, 2004. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s plans to revamp Medicare (ABC) are already sparking campaign-trail debate (NYT), shifting the focus from whether President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law should stand to who has the best plan to make Medicare affordable (CBS). Read more »

Economy Update: Meshing the Romney and Ryan Budget Plans

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Ashland, Virginia August 11, 2012 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Ashland, Virginia August 11, 2012 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

Though the campaign insists presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate and chairman of the House Budget Committee, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, see eye-to-eye in a campaign largely focused on the U.S. economy and the future of government spending, some analysts and pundits are noting the differences in their budget plans. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Ryan’s Views Beyond the Budget

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks after being introduced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his vice-presidential running mate in Norfolk, Virginia August 11, 2012 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Norfolk, Virginia August 11, 2012 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

With GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman best known for his plans to drastically reduce federal spending, as a running mate, some analysts are beginning to take a closer look at Ryan’s foreign policy views (Reuters). Read more »

Energy Update: Candidates Spar on Iowa’s Wind Credit

by Newsteam Staff
Wind turbines in Desert Hot Springs, California July 11, 2011 (Mario Anzuoni/Courtesy Reuters). Wind turbines in Desert Hot Springs, California July 11, 2011 (Mario Anzuoni/Courtesy Reuters).

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney recently said he would end a government tax credit that helps subsidize Iowa’s burgeoning wind industry.

Romney favors letting the wind energy production tax credit expire at the end of the year, saying such tax credits interfere with the free market economy (NPR) and if the wind industry is viable, it should be able to survive on its own without government help. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Human Rights and the Next President

by Newsteam Staff
A woman is restrained by police during a protest to defend Article 31 -- the right to free assembly -- of the Russian constitution in Moscow July 31, 2012 (Sergei Karpukhin/Courtesy Reuters). A woman is restrained by police during a protest to defend Article 31 -- the right to free assembly -- of the Russian constitution in Moscow July 31, 2012 (Sergei Karpukhin/Courtesy Reuters).

A group of international human rights advocates recently released a list of the ten most pressing challenges for the winner of the 2012 presidential race, noting that it is in the best interest of the world as well as that of the U.S. interests abroad to protect human rights. Read more »

Immigration Update: Obama’s Permit Plan Draws Fire

by Newsteam Staff
A U.S. Border Patrol agent opens a gate as he searches for illegal immigrants in the dessert of Pima County, Arizona August 17, 2009 (Joshua Lott/Courtesy Reuters). A U.S. Border Patrol agent opens a gate as he searches for illegal immigrants in the dessert of Pima County, Arizona August 17, 2009 (Joshua Lott/Courtesy Reuters).

Under the Obama administration’s new policy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin accepting applications (Reuters)  starting August 15 for work permits from young undocumented immigrants so they will legally be able to stay in the United States and work, which is causing election-year stir. Read more »

Defense Update: Congress Drops Cybersecurity Ball

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. Air Force personnel monitor cybersecurity threats from the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 20, 2010 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Air Force personnel monitor cybersecurity threats from the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 20, 2010 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

Congress left Capitol Hill for its summer vacation without passing a measure that would protect U.S. infrastructure from foreign attacks via the Internet despite concerns expressed from the presidential campaign trail.

A bill that would have established security standards to prevent large-scale cyber attacks (WashPost) on the U.S. critical infrastructure failed to draw enough votes in the Senate to overcome a GOP filibuster last week, in spite of support from current and former homeland security, intelligence, and defense leaders from both sides of the aisle. Read more »

Economy Update: Monthly Jobs Numbers and the Candidates

by Newsteam Staff
Construction workers rebuild the driveway in front of Union Station in Washington, July 25, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Construction workers rebuild the driveway in front of Union Station in Washington, July 25, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

With the campaign still highly focused on the economy, both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are interpreting July’s jobs report in a way that best suits their election chances.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, 163,000 employers added in July, ending three months of weak hiring. But the gains were not substantial enough to lower the unemployment rate, which rose to 8.3 percent for July from 8.2 percent in June. Read more »

Economy Update: Romney Advisers Tout Tax Plan

by Newsteam Staff
Workers build a scaffolding on the west side of the White House in Washington, July 27, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Workers build a scaffolding on the west side of the White House in Washington, July 27, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

After a week of foreign travel, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s campaign is pushing his economic philosophies, touting a new tax plan they say will create 12 million jobs in the next four years (AP). 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 »