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Cabinet Update: John Brennan Nominated to Head the CIA

by Toni Johnson
John Brennan in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington October 29, 2010. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) John Brennan in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington October 29, 2010. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama has nominated John Brennan (Politico) to be head of the CIA, a post that has remained vacant since David Petraeus resigned in November (NBC) after disclosing an extramarital affair. Brennan is currently a chief White House aide on counterterrorism. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama’s Post-Election Challenges

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term (WashPost) Tuesday, winning a majority of both the electoral vote and the popular vote, and now faces a tough road ahead on economic and national security issues. Read more »

Midday Update: Economists’ Advice for the Candidates

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Bags filled with voting supplies wait to be doubled checked prior being sent to precincts in Charlotte November 5, 2012. (Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Bags filled with voting supplies wait to be doubled checked prior being sent to precincts in Charlotte November 5, 2012. (Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters)

The BBC provides a roundup of economists’ recommendations on how either candidate should handle the economic challenges confronting the United States.

Martin Regalia, chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says: Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Camp Criticizes Russia Arms Deal Halt

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign characterized a Russian announcement that it is pulling out of a twenty-year-long arms reduction pact with the United States (TheHill) as an indication that “they do not perceive [the United States] to be strong.” Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Campaign for Military Votes

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Veterans at a campaign event for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in Springfield, Virginia September 27, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Veterans at a campaign event for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in Springfield, Virginia September 27, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in front of military audiences in Virginia yesterday, where Obama talked up his jobs plan while Romney criticized Obama over $1 trillion in potential defense budget cuts (AP) that was passed in Congress with bipartisan support. Read more »

Midday Update: GOP Blames ‘War on Coal’ for Job Losses

by Newsteam Staff
A senior advisor to U.S. GOP nominee Mitt Romney listens to questions from reporters on campaign plane September 18, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) A senior advisor to U.S. GOP nominee Mitt Romney listens to questions from reporters on campaign plane September 18, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, blamed the Obama administration’s “war on coal” for the announcement of 1,200 coal mining job cuts by Alpha Natural Resources. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney’s ‘Subtle Contrast’ on Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 12, 2012. (Jim Young/Reuters) Photo of the Day: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 12, 2012. (Jim Young/Reuters)

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney discussed his plans for the U.S. military and the drawdown from Afghanistan in a speech at the National Guard Convention Tuesday that some say “drew only subtle contrasts with the president’s foreign policy” (WashPost) and mainly “echoed the current U.S. policy” (Politico). 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: Convention Spotlights Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Convention goers listen to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Convention goers listen to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Signature moments of the Republican National Convention Wednesday night included vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who spoke on reinvigorating White House leadership of an economic turnaround (WashPost), and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who stressed the need for the U.S. president not to shirk from leadership (Reuters) on a range of global issues. Read more »