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

India says fears militant attack during Obama visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India fears separatists in Kashmir could stage attacks during the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to draw global attention to a region where a two-decade old revolt against New Delhi has revived this year. Read the full story from Reuters

Army vows to change way it buys weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army needs to dramatically improve the way it buys weapons to ensure that equipment for soldiers is still relevant when they finally get it, the service’s No. 2 uniformed officer said on Tuesday. Read the full story from Reuters

Public pension reform key issue in California race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With decades of public service under his belt, 72-year-old California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown joked last month that he is the best pension investment California has ever seen. Read the full story from Reuters