When the London Summer Olympics get under way on Friday, Mitt Romney plans to be there. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee expects to attend the opening ceremonies. Then he's making some quick campaign stops in Israel and Poland.
As China seeks to assert itself in Asia, President Barack Obama visited Australia to announce deeper ties between the nations' militaries, including a new Marine base for the United States. The move was seen as a counter-balance against China's growing presence.
Karl Rove blasted it as a taxpayer-funded Obama re-election ad. Democrats lauded it as an example of why America is great. Yet many people were left wondering what does it mean that America is at "halftime."
This election cycle, most of the party's elites are lined up behind Mitt Romney. But Romney, though ahead in the delegate count, has struggled to unify the base of the party in a way that will force his challengers out of the election. It shows how far the influence of those elites has fallen.
President Barack Obama's administration rolled out a new program that seeks to turn around underperforming schools by integrating the arts into the core curriculum of each school. But a former federal education official and arts advocate said it's the wrong approach to funding arts education.
Though matters of foreign policy have provided Barack Obama and Mitt Romney equal chances to batter one another, and it could be argued that a large part of the slow U.S. economic recovery is due to foreign troubles, foreign policy doesn't amount to much for voters.