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Since Israel completed a devastating military offensive in the Gaza Strip four years ago, military officials have warned it was only a matter of time before the next round of fighting. Violence erupted this week with little warning, driven by Hamas' ambitions to make its mark on a changing Middle East and an Israeli government reacting to public outcry over rocket attacks just weeks ahead of national elections.
Tycoons, conspiracy theories, a multibillion-dollar business deal, dramatic twists and turns –— this is the kind of story Next Media loves. Only this time the media company finds itself at the center of the scoop.
President Barack Obama's re-election means he can sustain the strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific started during his first term but the attention and resources the region gets may be hostage to instability in the Middle East and budget battles in Washington.
U.S. President Barack Obama's victory means his economic vision is still alive and about to drive the political conversation with his adversaries. The legacy of Obama's first term is safe and enshrined to history.
Suspense over the too-close-to-call presidential race has partly obscured the fact that Americans on Tuesday will choose between two dramatically different visions of government's proper role in our lives. The philosophical gulf between the two nominees is wide, even if the vote totals may be razor-thin.
It may look to America like U.S. President Barack Obama is off the campaign trail. He's really not. By commanding the response to a ferocious October storm a week before the election, Obama is employing a political advantage in the race to be president.
Changes could be in store for U.S.-Asian relations, but that has little to do with the presidential race. Lost in the backbiting between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney over China is that they generally agree on their approaches to Asia. But whoever wins the Nov. 6 vote will have to deal with a region in flux — and figure out how to keep simmering tensions from boiling over.
In the narrative of U.S. presidential politics, China is a Hollywood villain, a monetary cheat that is stealing American jobs. But the one-dimensional caricature offered by President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney obscures the crucial reality of U.S.-China relations: For all the talk about getting tough on Beijing, the U.S. and China are deeply entwined, defying easy solutions to the friction and troubles that beset their relations.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney gained ground on U.S. President Barack Obama in their debate over the country's economy last week and will be trying to diminish the incumbent's strength in foreign policy with a speech Monday, an address that will draw heavy attention abroad after a series of stumbles on issues that signal Romney would vastly overhaul American relations with an increasingly interdependent world.
Republican Mitt Romney was fiery and having fun. President Barack Obama came off as the professor without much pop.
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