White House signals compromise on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conciliatory White House said on Thursday it was willing to negotiate with Republicans on tax cut extensions, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell took a hard line against compromises with President Barack Obama in a new Congress. Read the full story from Reuters

Murray re-elected as Senator from Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Patty Murray has won the Senate race in Washington state, according to media projections, and Republican challenger Dino Rossi called to concede. Read the full story from Reuters

Afghan War Casualties: U.S. Military Deaths Hit 1,260

As of Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at least 1,260 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is two more than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT. At […]

Michele Bachmann’s Leadership Bid Gets Cool Reaction

WASHINGTON — Self-proclaimed tea party leader Michele Bachmann’s bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner, an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement’s winners in Tuesday’s elections. “Constitutional conservatives deserve a loud and clear voice in leadership!” Bachmann, R-Minn., who […]

BP Defends ‘F’ Ratings On Alaska Oil Pipelines

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Internal “F” ratings of pipeline sections operated by BP PLC in Alaska’s North Slope show the company’s corrosion monitoring program is succeeding, not failing, a company spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Steve Rinehart was responding to a report by the independent investigative news organization ProPublica that said the rating means the pipeline walls […]

HuffPost TV: Howard Fineman: Republicans Aren’t Going To Change For Obama

HuffPost Senior Politics Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC’s “Countdown” Thursday night to discuss Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s open assertion that his primary goal is to see President Barack Obama defeated in 2012. “I think the president’s strategy here is to seem to be the reasonable one,” Fineman told host Keith Olbermann. “But the […]

Obama Heads To Asia

WASHINGTON — Rebuked by voters, President Barack Obama is turning overseas, heading to Asia for 10 days of diplomacy, tourism and dealmaking that could boost the battered chief executive and highlight his political skills on the world stage. Obama risks criticism he’s fleeing the Democrats’ midterm election wreckage for friendlier territory as sets out Friday […]