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Defense chief Gates backs push to end "don’t ask, don’t tell"

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday he hoped the outgoing Congress would approve legislation ending the military’s ban on gays but was unsure of the prospects…

Regular citizens have big security role: Napolitano

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – Regular citizens around the world need to realize they can play a big role in thwarting terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday.…

Obama wins India business

MUMBAI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced $10 billion in business deals on Saturday as he arrived in India to boost U.S. exports and jobs after a mauling in mid-term…

Obama signals may compromise on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his clearest signal yet on Saturday of a possible post-election compromise with resurgent Republicans that could prevent tax rates from rising for any…

Summers sees prospects for eventual budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan agreement to tackle huge budget deficits is achievable, though it would take a lot of work, outgoing White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on…

Speaker Pelosi running for House minority leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi ended speculation that she may quietly step aside after her Democrats lost midterm elections, announcing on Friday she will…

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…

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…

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…

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…