Obama heads to Asia, hopes to deliver on jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama launched a 10-day trip to Asia Friday aimed at boosting exports and creating U.S. jobs, three days after voters punished his Democrats for stubbornly high unemployment. Read the full story from Reuters

White House sees little change in foreign policy

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top security adviser said on Friday he expected Republicans to continue to support the administration’s foreign policy strategy in the wake of the opposition party’s capture of the House of Representatives. Read the full story from Reuters

Group asks high court to end military gay ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A gay rights group asked the Supreme Court on Friday to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that allowed the Pentagon to maintain its ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. Read the full story from Reuters

Bush considered attack on Syrian facility: book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says he considered ordering a U.S. military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel’s request in 2007 but ultimately opted against it. Read the full story from Reuters

Demoralized Democrats ponder the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Demoralized Democrats face an uncertain future after their bruising U.S. election losses, and the soul-searching and finger-pointing already have begun. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama’s signal and elections tilt Bush-era tax debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new willingness to work with Republicans on tax policy after his Democrats were routed in congressional elections boosts the chances tax rates will not rise for any American, including the wealthiest, come January. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. defends human rights record at U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States weathered criticism of its human rights record from friends and foes alike on Friday in a United Nations forum that the former Bush administration had boycotted as hypocritical. Read the full story from Reuters

Norway seeks U.S. explanation in surveillance row

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway demanded on Friday an explanation from the United States of reports that its embassy in Oslo has conducted illegal surveillance of Norwegian residents for more than 10 years. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama: U.S. can’t afford two years of gridlock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, still smarting from his Democrats’ big losses in congressional elections, said on Friday the United States cannot afford to get mired in legislative gridlock for the next two years while countries like China forge ahead. Read the full story from Reuters

Boehner: Jobless rate shows need for tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner said on Friday the high unemployment rate shows the need for President Barack Obama to work with Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts and reduce federal spending. Read the full story from Reuters