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Midday Update: Romney Continues Benghazi Criticism

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally at a farm in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans continued to criticize President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack ahead of today’s first congressional hearing (Politico) on the matter. Romney has accused Obama of mischaracterizing the attack and taking too long to acknowledge that it was an act of terror (WashPost). Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Says Libya Attack ‘an Act of Terror’

by Newsteam Staff
GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 in New York September 25, 2012. (Adrees Latif/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 in New York September 25, 2012. (Adrees Latif/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of not being honest with the public about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and for not referring to it as a terrorist attack (WSJ) even though the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and the White House press secretary have. Read more »

Convention Update: Touting Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Most of the 2012 campaign has focused on domestic policy, particularly the economy. But President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the close of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made room for foreign policy concerns as well, tying them with his plans for the U.S. economy: Read more »

Convention Update: Dems’ Spotlight on National Security

by Newsteam Staff
First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, highlighting Obama administration accomplishments on defense and foreign policy as well as domestic issues such as healthcare, education, and economic policy.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine outlined the policy promises he says President Barack Obama has kept in his first term (Fox), especially national security. Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Ryan Criticizes the Withdrawal Plan

by Newsteam Staff
An Afghan boy peeks out of his home to watch a U.S. paratrooper walking past near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). An Afghan boy and a U.S. paratrooper in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

At a New Hampshire town hall Monday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan answered several questions about foreign policy, including making several remarks critical about U.S. plans for leaving Afghanistan (ABC). Read more »

Midday Update: Obama to Tout WTO Complaint Against China

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire July 4, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire July 4, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

In a campaign speech today in Toledo as he begins the “Betting On America Bus Tour,” President Barack Obama is expected to tout the filing of an unfair trade complaint (ToledoBlade) with the World Trade Organization against China’s new duties on some U.S.-made cars and sport utility vehicles, including the Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler. Read more »

Midday Update: Walker Recall Vote’s Economic Implications

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Voter Heather Gorton casts her ballot at the French Immersion School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 5, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Voter Heather Gorton casts her ballot at the French Immersion School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 5, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican who has sought to limit collective bargaining, faces a tough recall challenge today from Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett that has implications for unions and the results of the presidential election (NYT) at a time when the economy is a top concern for U.S. voters. Read more »

Views from Abroad: Australia on the Two-Man Race

by Toni Johnson
Sydney Harbor, October 2008. (Tim Wimborne/Courtsey Reuters) Sydney Harbor, October 2008. (Tim Wimborne/Courtsey Reuters)

In this week’s Views, we head to Australia, where ABC’s John Barron discusses what is now a two-man presidential race between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and the GOP’s Mitt Romney, who this week finally garnered enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Candidates Mark Bin Laden Anniversary

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama greets troops on a surprise visit to Bagram Air Base in Kabul, May 2, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama greets troops on a surprise visit to Bagram Air Base in Kabul, May 2, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

Presidential candidates from both parties spent Tuesday making special visits to observe the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, with President Obama making a surprise appearance in Afghanistan (WashPost) and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney joining former mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City (Politico) at a fire station hit hard with losses on 9/11. Read more »

Homeland Security Update: Bin Laden’s Death and the U.S. Race

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and f the national security team in the Situation Room during the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011 (White House/Pete Souza/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and f the national security team in the Situation Room during the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011 (White House/Pete Souza/Courtesy Reuters).

On the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, analysts examine how the controversial raid in Pakistan by U.S. forces is playing out on the campaign trail.

In his 2008 presidential bid, current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, criticized then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s pledge to take on al-Qaeda even in Pakistan. Though Romney now says (WashPost) he would have made the same call as Obama on the May 2011 raid that led to bin Laden’s death, the Obama campaign is using Romney’s former comments in a controversial new ad that has the GOP is crying foul. Read more »