"Obama Focuses on Economy"

In his speech closing the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) accepted his party's nomination and focused attention on improving the U.S. economy and bolstering the fortunes of the American middle class. Obama called it "one of those defining moments—a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened." http://m1e.net/c?85206845-SMud1DkTleuAM%403579481-W99sxydE3jGJM
The Wall Street Journal reports Obama's speech included several proposals aimed at easing middle class economic malaise, some of which could hold significant bearing for foreign policy. http://m1e.net/c?85206845-JCTVIreWYI3EQ%403579482-pdUoA0YhOxTfI
The Financial Times says perhaps the most ambitious of Obama's economic proposals is to wean the United States off foreign oil within ten years, and to invest some $150 billion in alternative energy programs. http://m1e.net/c?85206845-g0brSMt3Kf936%403579483-pOGMe2oCKBafQ
Obama also repeated his call for an expedited withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and renewed emphasis on the war in Afghanistan, saying: “You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq.”
Al-Jazeera notes that Obama's speech drew immediate attacks from Republicans and Obama's presumptive opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as being "misleading." http://m1e.net/c?85206845-1ceeNAcjpZyO6%403579484-sG/5y2oytNsQ%2e
CFR has a series of resources lending context to the campaign generally, and its economic dimensions more specifically. CFR.org's Campaign 2008 blog includes on-scene updates from the convention. http://m1e.net/c?85206845-Cb5canSgZsnzs%403579485-UCsMvLOI2rlEU
A new article looks at how international press covering the election see the vote affecting their home countries. http://m1e.net/c?85206845-xzT8Doo7aZm/U%403579486-I/zMpM/pJYK2c
This Issue Tracker details the candidates' statements on trade policy. http://m1e.net/c?85206845-67PTfEDuK9O7.%403579487-BG4sgy5jNQgb%2e
Fonte: CFR By Ton.

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