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Economy Update: Glimmers of Hope Could Sway Voters

by Newsteam Staff
A newly built home is sold in Carlsbad, California February 21, 2012 (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters). A newly built home is sold in Carlsbad, California February 21, 2012 (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters).

While polls show bad economic news during the presidential campaign’s summer season may be hurting President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, some analysts say there are areas of economic good news for the president. Read more »

Midday Update: Surrogates Discuss Foreign Policy, Trade

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after a political strategy session on Capitol Hill, July 17, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas ) Photo of the Day: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after a political strategy session on Capitol Hill, July 17, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas )

Surrogates for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday that foreign aid is vital for U.S. security and economic growth but disagreed on who is the better choice to distribute it and develop new international trade deals (The Hill). Read more »

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 »

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 »

China Update: New WTO Move Adds to Election-Year Debate

by Newsteam Staff
An employee walks past newly assembled Volvo cars at a Ford manufacturing plant in Chongqing municipality, April 20, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). An employee walks past newly assembled Volvo cars at a Ford manufacturing plant in Chongqing municipality, April 20, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that he is issuing a new World Trade Organization complaint against China for unfair automobile industry trade practices as well as folding arguments against China into his campaign-trail talk about repairing the U.S. economy (YahooNews) highlights how significant the country has become to the election debate. 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 »

China Update: Portman Says Romney Would Get Tough

by Newsteam Staff
A bank clerk counts U.S. dollar banknotes on bundles of 100 Chinese yuan banknotes in Huaibei, Anhui province April 26, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). A bank clerk counts U.S. dollar banknotes on bundles of 100 Chinese yuan banknotes in Huaibei, Anhui province April 26, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), former U.S. trade representative for the Bush administration, said this week that GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would get tougher with China (Reuters) on its trade and currency practices and move aggressively to open up more foreign markets for U.S. exports to boost the economy. Read more »

Trade Update: U.S.-Latin American Trade on the Rise

by Newsteam Staff
An employee of a Cuban restaurant puts up the flags of Latin American countries in Cartagena April 15, 2012 (Ricardo Moraes/Courtesy Reuters).. An employee of a Cuban restaurant puts up the flags of Latin American countries in Cartagena April 15, 2012 (Ricardo Moraes/Courtesy Reuters)..

A U.S.-Colombia trade deal (Bloomberg) approved by Congress in October may put the president at odds with the AFL-CIO (NYT) in an election year. An official for the powerful U.S. labor union that endorsed Obama in March (LAT) said the Colombian government has not done enough to protect labor organizers. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: U.S. Voters on China’s Economic Impact

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Jobseekers at a career fair New York April 12, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Jobseekers at a career fair New York April 12, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

Concerned about the U.S. economy, voters are split on whether or not a growing China is good for the United States, Gallup says. Of those surveyed, 45 percent of voters said they think a strong Chinese economy is good for the United States, 48 percent said they see it as bad, and 7 percent said it had no impact or they didn’t know. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Americas Summit May Not Boost Obama

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Hartford, Connecticut April 11, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Hartford, Connecticut April 11, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

Although President Barack Obama may be counting on this weekend’s Summit of the Americas to gather more support from Latino voters (Reuters), a new poll by Gallup shows his job approval rating in Latin America has dropped 10 percentage points since 2009. Read more »