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Economy Update: Analysts Find Outsourcing Debate Lacking

by Newsteam Staff
Call center agents work overnight in Manila's Makati financial district February 6, 2012 (Erik De Castro/Courtesy Reuters). Call center agents work overnight in Manila's Makati financial district February 6, 2012 (Erik De Castro/Courtesy Reuters).

Companies sending U.S. jobs overseas has quickly become a major campaign issue, with both political parties trading barbs on who has been responsible for more job loss and analysts trying to give more context about what the issue actually means for U.S. employment and the economy. Read more »

Economy Update: Romney Faces Offshoring Criticism

by Newsteam Staff
Employees make circuit boards at an electronic component factory in Hefei, China, May 2, 2012.  (Courtesy Reuters) Employees make circuit boards at an electronic component factory in Hefei, China, May 2, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters)

A new report on GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s corporate history has opened new a line of attack on his domestic job creation record (ABC) as he continues to face a tight race on the economy. Read more »

Economy Update: Labor Takes Center Stage After Recall Vote

by Newsteam Staff
A citizen takes to the polls to cast his vote in the recall election against Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in Milwaukee Wisconsin June 5, 2012 (Darren Hauck/ Courtesy Reuters). A man casts his vote in Wiconsin's gubernatorial recall vote on June 5, 2012 (Darren Hauck/ Courtesy Reuters).

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) survived a recall vote Tuesday, nearly one year after he sparked a controversial, national debate (WSJ) by pushing a state budget through the legislature that significantly curtailed the benefits and collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: The Race and the U.S. Role in the World

by Newsteam Staff
Workers repair lights on a globe outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012 (Cheryl Ravelo/Courtesy Reuters). Workers repair lights on a globe outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012 (Cheryl Ravelo/Courtesy Reuters).

As part of their series on twelve campaign issues facing the next president, the Brookings Institution recently hosted a panel discussion examining the U.S role in the world. Read more »

Renewing America Watch: U.S. Gas Prices and Solar Tariffs

by Toni Johnson
A solar power plant on the outskirts of Dunhuang, Gansu province China June 10, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters) A solar power plant on the outskirts of Dunhuang, Gansu province China June 10, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters)

This week on highlighting interesting stuff related to the campaign from our sister project, Renewing America, which looks at six domestic issues that could harm projection of U.S. power internationally, we will start with a post  from CFR’s Michael Spence. Read more »

Renewing America Watch: Failing the Next-Gen Workforce

by Toni Johnson
A group of students in Dearborn, Michigan October 25, 2005. (Rebecca Cook/Courtesy Reuters) A group of students in Dearborn, Michigan October 25, 2005. (Rebecca Cook/Courtesy Reuters)

Education has cropped up as an economic sleeper issue for U.S. voters with a debate ensuing about the types of degrees college graduates need to have in the current economy as well as the availability of apprenticeship/training programs necessary to meet the needs of U.S. employers. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Candidates Focus on Manufacturing Jobs

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama tours a factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin February 15, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) President Barack Obama tours a factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin February 15, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

Jobs and how to create more of them remain a top issue on the campaign trail. At a Houston campaign stop, President Barack Obama touted last week’s jobs report for February – and plans to continue recovery and a path for the United States to resume its position as a manufacturing and exporting leader. Read more »

Renewing America Watch: Eyeing Manufacturing Jobs

by Toni Johnson
A high school senior talks about his class's assembly line project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 26, 2012. (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters) A high school senior talks about his class's assembly line project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 26, 2012. (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters)

The economy is the biggest issue voters care about, as evidenced by Super Tuesday exit polls with an eye toward job creation as unemployment remains high.  So this week’s revisit of good stuff from our sister project Renewing America, which looks at six domestic issues that impede U.S. power abroad, starts with a blog post from Senior Fellow Edward Alden, who notes the disappearance of manufacturing jobs in the United States has created a skills shortage: Read more »

Renewing America: Cheap TVs, Competition, and Potholes

by Toni Johnson
A man looks at a flat screen television in Flushing, New York March 27, 2010. (Jessica  Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters) A man looks at a flat screen television in Flushing, New York March 27, 2010. (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters)

Whether it is jobs, trade, taxes, business competitiveness, or energy prices, economic issues dominate the campaign trail. This past week on Renewing America, a project which looks at six major domestic issues that affect U.S. influence abroad, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden’s blog posts hit on several topics pertinent to the campaign trail. Read more »

Renewing America Watch: All About the Economy

by Toni Johnson
Senate Budget Committee ranking minority member Sen. Jeff Sessions and Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso at a news conference, February 13, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Senate Budget Committee ranking minority member Sen. Jeff Sessions and Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso at a news conference, February 13, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

CFR’s Renewing America project focuses on six challenges the United States faces domestically that impinges on the country’s ability to project power globally. The country’s economic woes are certainly front and center as the presidential campaign heats up and candidates debate the debt and deficits coming  out of Washington as well as how to make the economy thrive. Read more »