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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…

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.…

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…

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…

Obama sets Muslim outreach for Indonesia trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will visit Indonesia’s largest mosque and make a major outdoor speech directed at the global Muslim community when he visits Indonesia next month, the…

Senate leader Harry Reid faces possible historic loss

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Harry Reid, a key ally to President Barack Obama, is in danger in Tuesday’s election of becoming the first U.S. Senate majority leader in 58 years to…

Brown takes big lead in California governor race

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Democrat Jerry Brown has opened a 10-point lead on Republican Meg Whitman as women, Latinos and other groups line up behind his bid to return…

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…

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…

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 —…