Obama says troubled by comments of top Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday chided the two top Republicans in Congress, challenging his rivals to make a fresh start and build a bipartisan effort to boost growth after next week’s election. Read the full story from Reuters

China gives U.S. assurances on rare earth minerals

SANYA, China (Reuters) – China told the United States on Saturday it would not withhold rare earth minerals but the two nations did not appear to make headway on disputes over North Korea and regional territorial claims. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama urges Democrats to turn out for election

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned fellow Democrats on Saturday that a Republican victory in next week’s congressional elections could mean a reversal of his agenda as he sought to rally supporters in a final campaign push. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama adviser offers assistance to Yemen leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser told Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday the United States “stands ready” to aid his government in the fight against al Qaeda’s affiliate there in the wake of a failed bomb plot that originated in Yemen. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. offers to host meeting to ease China, Japan row

HANOI (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the United States has proposed to host a meeting among China, Japan and the United States to try to ease Sino-Japanese tension over a territorial dispute. Read the full story from Reuters

Washington state voters snubbing income tax measure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – More voters in Washington state oppose than favor a closely watched measure on the November 2 ballot that would impose an income tax on the state’s wealthy, according to poll results released on Friday. Read the full story from Reuters

First woman House speaker may be toppled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives by taking on the most powerful man on Earth — then-President George W. Bush and his unpopular Iraq war. Read the full story from Reuters

Boehner eyes taking House and taking on Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who may soon tie President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda into knots touts his own ability to cross party lines to get things done. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. Senators raise concerns on Canadian oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators on Friday raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring “dirty oil” from Canadian oil sands to U.S. refineries and significantly increase the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. Read the full story from Reuters