Tuesday in politics: Romney delivers foreign policy speech in Poland, and more

Mitt Romney wraps up his overseas trip Tuesday with a meeting with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and a foreign policy speech in which he will emphasize the United States' ties to Poland.

Romney drew criticism from the British press during the first leg of his trip for remarks he made about London's preparation for the Olympics, and he upset Palestinian officials Monday by suggesting Israelis have been more successful because of their culture. Question is, will he manage to leave Poland without some kind of controversy?
[Get updates on Romney's trip by following Yahoo's Holly Bailey @hollybdc]

There's a Senate runoff race in Texas on Tuesday, and it looks like former state solicitor general Ted Cruz is going to win, which also would be a victory for the tea party. Tea party support stretching from high-profile figures like Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum to grassroot volunteers helped catapult Cruz to the top slot in the primary race. Cruze entered the campaign with less name recognition and less money than his well-connected opponent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Also worth noting on Tuesday: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley campaigns in Michigan for Romney, and the Federal Open Market Committee will gather over at the Fed for the  first day of a two-day meeting to decide what to do — if anything — about interest rates.

Over at the White House, the schedule calls for a routine day of briefings and no campaign events for President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden.

And then there is this: Congressional leaders are close to a spending deal that would keep the government running for the first half of the next fiscal year and avoid a shutdown just before the November election, The Washington Post reports. House Speaker John Boehner could make an announcement as soon as Tuesday.

Sources: Yahoo! News reporters Holly Bailey and Rachel Rose Hartman, Associated Press, The Washington Post

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