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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: Candidates Spar Over ‘Secretary of Business’

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a rally November 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a rally November 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s proposal to consolidate numerous government business programs (CBS) into one agency as another layer of bureaucracy, while the Obama administration characterized it as streamlining the federal government. Read more »

Midday Update: Election’s Last Jobs Report Set for Release

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Obama talks in a New Jersey neighborhood after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey October 31, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Obama talks in a New Jersey neighborhood after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey October 31, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

The federal government will release the October jobs report, the last to be issued before Election Day, on Friday morning as scheduled (NYT) despite a two-day shutdown caused by Hurricane Sandy. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney’s Remarks on FEMA Discussed

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney accepts relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney accepts relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

Hurricane Sandy has prompted new discussion of comments presidential candidate Mitt Romney made during a GOP debate last year, in which he “seemed to indicate that he wanted to cut or even privatize the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” reports Businessweek. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney to Give Economy Speech

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Obama receives assistance from a poll worker as he casts his vote early October 25, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Obama receives assistance from a poll worker as he casts his vote early October 25, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney will give a major economic speech today in Iowa to more fully lay out what he sees as the choice American voters face (WaPo). Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Says Budget Grand Bargain Possible

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Audience members listen as GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally October 24, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Audience members listen as GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally October 24, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

In an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board made public yesterday, President Obama said that if elected, a budget deal similar to last year’s “grand bargain” will be passed to avoid the fiscal cliff (NBC). Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Courts Coal Voters

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A young girl listens as President Obama speaks during a campaign rally October 23, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A young girl listens as President Obama speaks during a campaign rally October 23, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney has been using support of the coal industry to try and woo voters in coal-producing swing states (USAToday) that have been vocal opponents of the Obama administration’s clean energy policies. Read more »

Midday Update: Foreign Policy’s Domestic Moment

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A security officer stands outside the debate hall prior to the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Scott Audette/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A security officer stands outside the debate hall prior to the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Scott Audette/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney debated foreign policy last night. CFR President Richard N. Haass writes that it wasn’t really about foreign policy and it wasn’t really a debate: Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates to Debate Foreign Policy Tonight

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters of GOP nominee Mitt Romney cheer at a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida October 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Supporters of GOP nominee Mitt Romney cheer at a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida October 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney meet for their third and final debate tonight, which will focus on foreign policy topics (NYT). Read more »