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Tracking the Issues: The Ebbing Support for the Afghan War

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. servicemen board a transport plane bound for Afghanistan March 27, 2012 (Vladimir Pirogov/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. servicemen board a transport plane bound for Afghanistan March 27, 2012 (Vladimir Pirogov/Courtesy Reuters).

The bottom has fallen out for support for the war in Afghanistan from U.S. voters and is putting the squeeze on GOP presidential candidates, who must navigate between their party’s hawkish line and the public’s growing impatience.
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Tracking the Issues: The U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Conundrum

by Newsteam Staff
An Astro Manufacturing & Design machine operator checks his work in Eastlake, Ohio February 15, 2012. February 15, 2012 (Aaron Josefczyk/Courtesy Reuters). An Astro Manufacturing & Design machine operator checks his work in Eastlake, Ohio February 15, 2012. February 15, 2012 (Aaron Josefczyk/Courtesy Reuters).

While U.S. presidential candidates on both sides call for lower corporate tax rates, the United States is expected to have the highest corporate tax rate among the world’s developed countries starting April 1 when Japan revises its tax code. Britain, meanwhile, plans to cut the country’s corporation tax on company profits to 24 percent from 26 percent in April and to 22 percent by 2014 (APF), all lower than originally planned. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Obama’s Nuclear Security Talks

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum at the Ledgeview Bowling Lanes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin March 25, 2012 (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin March 25, 2012 (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters).

With major political changes for Beijing and Washington on the horizon, President Obama called on China (Reuters) before the second Nuclear Security Summit to use its influence in Pyongyang to stop it from ratcheting up global nuclear tensions. 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 »

Overnight Roundup:Taking on China on Trade Causing Worry

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: People take pictures of U.S. President Obama after his clean energy speech at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, March 22, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: People take pictures of U.S. President Obama after his clean energy speech at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, March 22, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s plan to go further than President Obama or President George W. Bush in confronting China is raising concerns among business-friendly Republicans, who believe it could “set off a counterproductive trade war.” (NYT) Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Support for the Keystone Pipeline

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Voter at a Santorum Get Out The Vote Rally in Mandeville, Louisiana March 21, 2012.  (Sean Gardner/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Voter at a Santorum Get Out The Vote Rally in Mandeville, Louisiana March 21, 2012. (Sean Gardner/Courtesy Reuters)

A new Gallup poll shows “a solid majority” of voters want the U.S. government to approve building the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans are almost twice as likely as Democrats to want the government to approve the oil pipeline and about half of independents also approve. 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: Illinois Exit Polls Follow Economy Trend

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum wait for his arrival at his Illinois primary night rally in Gettysburg, Pa., March 20, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in Gettysburg, Pa., March 20, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

The economy remains the top issue for voters (CNN), according to 59 percent of those who went to the polls in Illinois to vote for GOP candidates Tuesday. Another 25 percent said the budget deficit was most important to them. Other issues — immigration and abortion — barely registered on voters’ radar, according to the poll. The poll results follow exit polling data in GOP contests in other states where the economy has remained voters’ major concerns. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Voters Glum About Obama’s Policies

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Danielle Smith holds a sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in front of the Lee County Democratic Party headquarters during a "Rally for Rick" campaign stop in Dixon, Illinois, March 19, 2012 (Jeff Haynes/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in during a campaign stop in Dixon, Illinois, March 19, 2012 (Jeff Haynes/Courtesy Reuters).

A recent survey from The Hill shows many voters are pessimistic about policies coming out of the White House, with 62 percent of voters responding that President Obama’s policies will increase the national debt and 48 percent saying his policies will increase joblessness. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: GOP Hopefuls Discuss Afghanistan

by Newsteam Staff
A U.S. Marine watches as an Osprey carrying U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives at Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan March 14, 2012. (Scott Olson/Courtesy Reuters) A U.S. Marine at Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan March 14, 2012. (Scott Olson/Courtesy Reuters)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is struggling to find his footing on the question of the war in Afghanistan, on one hand, criticizing President Barack Obama’s relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (WSJ) as not close enough and on the other hand, saying he would want to hear from military leaders because he does not have enough information (HuffPo) currently on the war in Afghanistan to “take a stand” on troop withdrawal. Read more »