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Midday Update: Republicans Divided on Action for Syria

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 29, 2012. (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 29, 2012. (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters)

While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has criticized President Barack Obama’s opposition to arming Syrian rebels, other members of his party seem divided on Syria, with some congressional Republicans sharing the president’s reluctance and others urging airstrikes (NYT). Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Obama’s Message to Graduating Women

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Britney Wilson meets President Barack Obama as he delivers the commencement address for the 2012 graduating class at Barnard College in New York, May 14, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Britney Wilson meets President Barack Obama as he delivers the commencement address for the 2012 graduating class at Barnard College in New York, May 14, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at Barnard College on Monday, urging the school’s all-female graduating class to “fight for a seat at the head of the table” in the midst of an election cycle that has put a spotlight on women’s issues ranging from economic equality to reproductive rights. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Candidates Still Talking About the Economy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney addresses a crowd at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan May 8, 2012 (Rebecca Cook/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney addresses a crowd at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan May 8, 2012 (Rebecca Cook/Courtesy Reuters)

In Michigan Tuesday, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney said the United States was on a path of “the greatest economic divergence of the last hundred years” shortly before sweeping another GOP three primaries. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: GOP Sees Opening on China’s Dissident

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) on a phone call from blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng with help from ChinaAid Association Inc founder Bob Fu on Capitol Hill in Washington May 3, 2012(Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) taking a call from Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng with ChinaAid Association Inc founder Bob Fu, May 3, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters)

As the story of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng continues to develop, Republicans and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are taking the predicament as an opportunity to hit President Barack Obama on foreign policy (Politico). Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Obama-Medvedev Sidebar Still at Play

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a pancake breakfast in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, April 1, 2012 (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, April 1, 2012 (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters).

A spokesperson for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign said President Obama “should release the notes and transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders” (NationalJournal), amid the ongoing campaign controversy over comments  Obama made to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: The Battle Over Health Care Reform

by Newsteam Staff
A patient is wheeled into an operating room for surgery at at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters). A patient is wheeled into an operating room for surgery at at Rose Medical Center in Denver June 20, 2011 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments Monday on President Obama’s 2010 health care law, which many Republicans — including the full slate of GOP presidential candidates — say is unconstitutional because it of its mandate that everyone buy health insurance or face a penalty tax. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Candidates and the Ryan Budget Plan

by Newsteam Staff
Copies of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" March 20, 2012. (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters). Copies of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" March 20, 2012. (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential candidates came out in immediate support for a new Republican budget plan (WashPost) unveiled Tuesday that would slash spending, lower and simplify taxes, overhaul Medicare, and cut food stamps. The latest budget proposal comes amid strong philosophical differences between Democrats and Republicans over U.S. fiscal policy, particularly how to reduce the country’s growing debt, which numerous analysts argue will force a crisis similar to the eurozone crisis if not soon addressed. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Gingrich Continues to Tout Energy Plan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington, March 14, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington, March 14, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

In an interview on Fox News, GOP candidate Newt Gingrich said that his energy plan – in addition to lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and freeing the United States from dependence on the Middle East for oil – “could create a debt repayment fund, take the royalties over the next generation from oil and gas and actually pay off the federal debt if you had the discipline to balance the federal budget.” Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Afghan War Wearing Thin for Many Voters

by Newsteam Staff
A U.S. soldier eastern Afghanistan March 10, 2012. (Erik De Castro/Courtesy Reuters) A U.S. soldier eastern Afghanistan March 10, 2012. (Erik De Castro/Courtesy Reuters)

A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 60 percent of voters  say the war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the cost (WashPost), with Republicans evenly divided on whether the war has justified its price for the first time in five years. Of those polled, 54 percent  want to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan even if the Afghan army is not adequately trained to carry on the fight. The survey was conducted in the days immediately before the deaths of sixteen civilians (NYT) allegedly at the hands of an U.S. serviceman. Read more »