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Morning Update: Election Day

by campaign2008
November 4, 2008

Voters across the United States are heading to the polls today to elect either Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) or Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as the next U.S. president, capping a lengthy and historic campaign (USAToday). Attention in many U.S. papers turned to the numerous challenges that will face the next president. The Wall Street Journal evaluates the economic pressures that await the next president upon his inauguration in January.

CFR.org examines the range of foreign policy issues of significance to the 2008 campaign and offers analysis on the financial crisis, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, disputes with Iran, questions of globalization, trade, and immigration. This Backgrounder profiles Obama’s main foreign policy advisers. This one looks at McCain’s.

The presidential elections have attracted extraordinary interest around the world. U.S.-funded broadcaster RFE/RL surveys analysts from the Middle East and Central Asia about what the U.S. vote means for their nations. The Korea Times reports Seoul is watching the vote closely but doesn’t suspect it will have a major impact on U.S.-South Korean relations. The German-funded broadcaster Deutsche-Welle reports European Union foreign ministers are drafting a letter to present to the U.S. president-elect making recommendations on several policy issues, including how to strengthen transatlantic ties.

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