Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For lifelong Republican Joe Errigo, deciding to cross party lines and support a liberal Democrat for New York governor wasn’t nearly as difficult as one might expect. Read the full story from Reuters

"Terminator" star and director reunite for TV spot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and filmmaker James Cameron, who directed the former Hollywood star in two “Terminator” movies, have reunited in a political TV spot supporting the state’s global warming law. Read the full story from Reuters

Carly Fiorina released from California hospital

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Carly Fiorina, the California Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has been successfully treated for an infection and was released from a hospital on Wednesday, her staff said. Read the full story from Reuters

Vote could change direction of healthcare reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With most Americans ambivalent about President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul or openly hostile to it, next Tuesday’s elections could have a big impact on the reforms, experts said on Wednesday. Read the full story from Reuters

Auditors find U.S. Afghan aid contract system chaotic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first comprehensive audit of U.S. contracts to rebuild Afghanistan found a “confusing labyrinth” of agencies and contractors in a poorly coordinated aid effort, a U.S. audit body said on Wednesday. Read the full story from Reuters

Pro-Republican groups spend big on key races

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans are pouring more last-minute cash into tight Senate races than their rivals as some opinion polls show Democrats may not do as badly as expected in Tuesday’s congressional elections. Read the full story from Reuters

Barbour says will consider presidential run later

NEWTON, Iowa (Reuters) – Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said on Wednesday he will start thinking about whether he should run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 after congressional elections next week. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama Asia trip no slap to Pakistan, China: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to India and other Asian countries should not be taken as a slap against India’s archrival Pakistan or any other country, including China, aides said on Wednesday. Read the full story from Reuters