Stories You Should Know (10/7/09)

Wall Street Journal (USA)

Some influential centrist Democrats in the Senate are warming to a compromise that envisions health-insurance plans run by state governments, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger added his voice Tuesday to a small group of Republicans expressing support for a Democratic-led overhaul plan. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is still undecided.

Washington Times (Washington, DC)

After months of the silent treatment, President Obama on Tuesday reached out to congressional Republican leaders, hosting them and Democratic leaders at the White House to talk about a new strategy for Afghanistan.

New York Times (New York, NY)

Even as fellow Republicans continued to withhold public support for him, Senator John Ensign of Nevada said Tuesday that he had done nothing improper on behalf of a former aide with whose wife he had an affair and that he would not resign his seat.

Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)

Former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad will file papers today creating a campaign committee for governor, signaling the beginning of a potential comeback campaign for the Republican and reshaping the race for the 2010 primary election.

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