Rare earths issue likely topic U.S.-China meetings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese dominance of rare earth supplies and trade in the high-tech ores are likely to come up in U.S. President Barack Obama’s or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upcoming meetings with Chinese leaders, a top White House Asia adviser said on Thursday. Read the full story from Reuters

Serious Obama defends his policies on "Daily Show"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama targeted young voters on Wednesday with a robust defense of his policies and promises in an appearance on the popular comedy program “The Daily Show.” Read the full story from Reuters

Wall St reform architect Frank fights for survival

BOSTON (Reuters) – Representative Barney Frank, the outspoken, witty Democrat closely tied to the 2008 U.S. bank bailout, faces a tough re-election battle after 15 terms in office at a time when incumbency itself is a liability. Read the full story from Reuters

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