Gov. Sarah Palin has outsized impact on an important bloc in key battleground states.
Reporters aim to check facts behind candidates’ claims, but effect on voters is unclear.
Obama goes on the attack with a new ad, while the GOP candidate calls for an investigation.
Congress is set to consider several energy bills this week, but hopes dim for passage of any of them.
Steven Preston, Housing and Urban Development secretary, sees 2009 as a better year, even if some regions lag.
Bush's orders to send special forces after Taliban militants have roots in previous presidencies.