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

Obama pushes tax break plan for businesses

BELTSVILLE, Md (Reuters) – President Barack Obama touted a proposal on Friday to provide tax relief for businesses, calling on Democrats and Republicans to join together after Tuesday’s election to boost the economy. 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

Perry has big lead in Texas governor’s race: poll

DALLAS (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a conservative Republican who has tapped into a deep anti-Washington mood, has a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Bill White, according to a poll released on Friday. Read the full story from Reuters

Boxer widens lead in tough California Senate race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California has opened up an 8 percentage point lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina as she picks up a greater share of independent voters, a Field Poll showed on Friday. Read the full story from Reuters

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