Only $37 billion of the $787 billion has been spent so far. Confusing provisions and the sheer size of the bill have created delays.
Britain's Gordon Brown could fall, while Dutch populist Geert Wilders's anti-Islam stand finds new appeal.
The class of 2009 makes adjustments in the face of a dearth of jobs and increasing interest rates on student loans and credit cards.
Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" won the top prize Sunday at this year's film festival, which press and industry attendees agreed presented a weaker lineup than in 2008.