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Midday Update: Obama Faces Outsourcing Criticism

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, July 10, 2012. (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, July 10, 2012. (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters)

As the Obama campaign continues to press its case against Republican opponent Mitt Romney for outsourcing jobs, President Barack Obama faces criticism from the left for allegedly continuing to allow U.S. jobs to move overseas during his presidency (WashPost). 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: New Obama Ad Targets the Economy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Mary Morris Talman and Pat Lloyd at a political event for Democratic candidates in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, May 7, 2012 (Randall Hill/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Mary Morris Talman and Pat Lloyd at a political event for Democratic candidates in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, May 7, 2012 (Randall Hill/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama’s campaign released its first ad (HuffPost) since officially kicking off the campaign, making the case that the economy is pointed in the right direction for recovery but that there is more yet to do. The ad lays out the situation inherited by the Obama administration and the progress made, including the auto bailout, and private-sector job creation. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Obama Makes New Case for Tax Hikes

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama in Boca Raton, Florida, April 10, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama in Boca Raton, Florida, April 10, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama doubled down on his economic case for a second term, which he explained favors boosting social programs that benefit the middle-income Americans in sharp contrast with Republicans’ past and future proposals to spur growth with upper-income tax cuts. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Poll Shows Obama Ahead, But Not on Jobs

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Occupy the Hood member protests home foreclosures in Cincinnati, Ohio March 24, 2012 (John Sommers II/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Occupy the Hood member protests home foreclosures in Cincinnati, Ohio March 24, 2012 (John Sommers II/Courtesy Reuters).

Polls show that in a general election match-up President Obama has a lead over Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.  A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll was no exception finding that 51 percent of voters said they would vote for  Obama in a general election, while 44 percent said they would vote for Romney. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Taking on China and Cyber Security

by Newsteam Staff
The women's wrestling competition at the Combat Games in Beijing September 1, 2010. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) The women's wrestling competition at the Combat Games in Beijing September 1, 2010. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters)

The U.S.-China relationship is being strained by Chinese cybertheft of U.S. intellectual property, providing new fodder for election-year politicking.

Intellectual property theft by the Chinese is destroying the U.S. competitive edge, writes Richard A. Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism adviser, in a New York Times op-ed. Cyber attacks, Clarke argues, will soon outpace terrorism as the FBI’s biggest concern. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Edging Closer to Intervention In Syria

by Newsteam Staff
Syrian demonstrators in Binsh near Idlib February 3, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters) Syrian demonstrators in Binsh near Idlib February 3, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters)

Much debated on the campaign trail, the question of if and how the United States will intervene in Syrian unrest (NYT) comes closer to an answer. The United States over the weekend pledged to send non-lethal equipment including communications equipment and night-vision goggles along with the $100 million Arab nations promised to pay opposition fighters. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Ryan Budget Primed for Election Fray

by Newsteam Staff
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012 (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters). House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters).

Setting it up as a central theme for their election-year campaign efforts, House Republicans passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s deficit-cutting budget plan (Reuters) on Thursday. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Santorum, Romney Take on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, President George H.W. Bush, and former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston March 29, 2012. (Donna Carson/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, President George H.W. Bush, and former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston March 29, 2012. (Donna Carson/Courtesy Reuters)

In what was billed as a major foreign policy address (AP) Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized the Obama administration, saying it has been too slow to address Iran’s nuclear threat, has ignored its ally Israel, and rushes to engage in diplomacy with U.S. enemies. Santorum also frequently invoked the memory of President Ronald Reagan (LAT), talking about Reagan’s policy triumvirate free enterprise, strong defense, and conservative social policies. Watch the address on CSPAN. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Romney’s Sharp Words on Russia

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters and opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters and opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was chided from afar (Reuters) by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for his repeated statement that Russia is the “number-one geopolitical foe” for the United States. In an op-ed for Foreign Policy, Romney again accused Russia of “obstructionism at the United Nations” on a whole raft of issues. Read more »