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Congress Update: Lieberman’s Retirement and Polarization

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. Senator Graham, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman attend a news conference in Kabul July 3, 2011. (Mohammad Ismail/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. Senator Graham, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman attend a news conference in Kabul July 3, 2011. (Mohammad Ismail/Courtesy Reuters)

Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s (I-CT) retirement will not only break up “the three amigos,” a group comprised of Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and himself, the loss of the bipartisan group’s Democrat-turned-Independent member could also “profoundly affect their ability to influence foreign policy,” reports the New York Times. Read more »

Renewing America Watch: Rare Earths and North Carolina Jobs

by Toni Johnson
A worker shovels cast-off tailings in Baotou, China, October 31, 2010. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) A worker shovels cast-off tailings in Baotou, China, October 31, 2010. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters)

With voters worried about U.S. economic standing as measured against China, we turn again to our sister project Renewing America, which takes on six domestic issues affecting U.S. power abroad. Last month, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said in an op-ed China needs to comply with trade rules and President Obama has recently created a new trade enforcement task force in part to address worries about China. Read more »