Pentagon says Navy ships meeting likely this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. defense officials will meet soon, possibly this week, to review the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship program for a new class of warships that operate close to shore, a spokeswoman said. Read the full story from Reuters

Court keeps military ban on gays during appeal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay troops to remain in place while the Obama administration challenges a lower-court opinion declaring the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law unconstitutional. Read the full story from Reuters

Lockheed F-35 faces more delays, cost hikes: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s new F-35 fighter jet may be delayed by up to three years and its development cost could increase by up to $5 billion, sources familiar with the program said on Monday. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama seeks to blunt Republican attack over comment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday he should not have used the word “enemies” to describe his political opponents as Republicans sought to make an issue of the comment a day before congressional elections. Read the full story from Reuters

California’s high-stakes elections go down to wire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It’s no coincidence that President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton visited California university campuses during the final weeks of the 2010 midterm election. Read the full story from Reuters

Republicans set to win House, gain in Senate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans unhappy with the economy are poised to hand control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in Tuesday elections that are shaping up as a rebuke of President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Monday. Read the full story from Reuters

Judges query both sides on Arizona immigration law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Arizona Monday asked appellate judges to let it put into effect a controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying the state bordering Mexico had to step in when the federal government had failed. Read the full story from Reuters

Republicans say voters will repudiate Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With two days left in a bitter fight for control of Congress, Republicans on Sunday appeared headed to a smashing victory they said would be a repudiation of President Barack Obama and his policies. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. says won’t solve China currency issue at Seoul G20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it does not foresee China bowing to pressure over its yuan currency during a Group of 20 summit in Seoul, playing down expectations for major progress on global economic imbalances. Read the full story from Reuters

White House seeks South Korea trade deal before Seoul meet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Negotiators will put “maximum effort” toward resolving objections in the Congress to a U.S.-South Korean free-trade agreement by the time President Barack Obama goes to Seoul on November 10, an administration official said on Monday. Read the full story from Reuters