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

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