U.S. seeks $2 billion in military aid for Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States announced $2 billion in military aid for Pakistan on Friday as the two countries sought to dispel doubts about Islamabad’s commitment to uprooting Islamist insurgents from safe havens on its soil. Read the full story from Reuters

New Jersey governor to re-examine tunnel funding

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will examine a report this weekend on an $8.7 billion rail tunnel after the federal government urged him to reconsider his cancellation of the project, his spokesman said on Friday. Read the full story from Reuters

In charge of consumer bureau, Warren takes new tone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A little more than a month into her job as President Barack Obama’s top adviser on consumer financial issues, Elizabeth Warren has been trying to make peace with the financial industry she once attacked and that rarely had good things to say about her. Read the full story from Reuters

Army sees new rules for combat vehicles soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army plans to release new rules soon for a more affordable ground combat vehicle after abruptly canceling the multibillion dollar competition in late August, a top Army general said on Friday. Read the full story from Reuters

Clinton to meet Japan foreign min. first on Asia trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Japan’s foreign minister next Wednesday in Hawaii at the start of a trip meant to emphasize strong U.S. ties throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Read the full story from Reuters

Money flows into Nevada’s tight Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate race in Nevada, which late polling suggests is a dead heat, has become a central battlefield in the midterm elections with backers of both parties pouring money into last-minute barrages of television attack ads. Read the full story from Reuters

U.S. urges compromise ahead of new Sudan talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North and south Sudan must be ready to compromise next week when they meet in Ethiopia to discuss obstacles to votes that could see the oil-rich south emerge as an independent country, U.S. officials said on Friday. Read the full story from Reuters

WTO rejects many Chinese claims in U.S. duties case

GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization panel largely rejected Chinese claims on Friday in a dispute with the United States over extra duties on Chinese goods which Washington argued were priced at below cost and subsidized. Read the full story from Reuters

Are Blue Dogs an endangered political species?

Are Blue Dogs an endangered political species?

In the conservative farm state of South Dakota, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin‘s best chance of winning re-election rests on her ability to remind voters just how often she disagrees with her fellow Democrats. Football fans staring at bar room TV sets see ads touting her ‘no’ votes on the healthcare overhaul, the auto-industry bailout and […]

Pentagon orders open doors for gays

Pentagon orders open doors for gays

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had told U.S. military recruiters to allow gays and lesbians to apply for service, as gay veterans tested a court order striking down the military’s ban on openly serving homosexuals. California-based U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military a week ago to stop enforcing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t […]