Florida Senate candidate denies he was asked to quit

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida Democrat running a distant third in the state’s three-way U.S. Senate race vowed on Thursday to stay in the contest and denied that former U.S. President Bill Clinton asked him to withdraw. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. not seeking to "contain" China: Clinton

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied on Thursday the United States was seeking to contain China as she began a two-week trip to an Asia-Pacific region rattled by recent Chinese assertiveness. Read the full story from Reuters

Ahead of D.C. rally, Stewart’s influence blooms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s election led many political pundits to predict the popularity of American satirist Jon Stewart would wane. After all, mocking Republicans was his bread and butter. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama sets Muslim outreach for Indonesia trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will visit Indonesia’s largest mosque and make a major outdoor speech directed at the global Muslim community when he visits Indonesia next month, the White House said on Thursday. Read the full story from Reuters

Senate leader Harry Reid faces possible historic loss

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Harry Reid, a key ally to President Barack Obama, is in danger in Tuesday’s election of becoming the first U.S. Senate majority leader in 58 years to be booted out of office by home-state voters. Read the full story from Reuters

Brown takes big lead in California governor race

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Democrat Jerry Brown has opened a 10-point lead on Republican Meg Whitman as women, Latinos and other groups line up behind his bid to return to the state governorship, a Field Poll showed on Thursday. Read the full story from Reuters

Medvedev and Hu meetings on Obama Asia agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and other leaders during his upcoming trip to Asia, White House officials said on Thursday. Read the full story from Reuters

Special report: Tech money flows to Whitman, bypasses Fiorina

SAN JOSE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Valentine’s Ball thrown by venture capitalist Alan Salzman and his wife Jillian Manus every year is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest tickets. People are still talking about the Bailey’s Irish Cream flowing from the nipples of ice sculptures at the soiree last year. Read the full story from Reuters

Election ads turn personal — and brutal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s nasty out there, with political candidates and outside groups flooding the airwaves with brutal and increasingly personal attacks calling their opponents cheats, liars and kooks — or worse. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. prepares new offer for Iran nuclear talks: report

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States and its European allies are preparing a new offer to Iran on a possible nuclear fuel swap that would include tougher conditions than those rejected by Tehran last year, the New York Times said. Read the full story from Reuters