Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a surge from the more moderate challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, as more educated urban voters tire of his polarizing politics.
Only $37 billion of the $787 billion has been spent so far. Confusing provisions and the sheer size of the bill have created delays.
Stimulus spending this summer will be guided by Vice President Joe Biden's 'Roadmap to recovery,' which he presented to the president Monday.
Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings could provide the spark on hot-button issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
Repeal of the policy barring homosexuals from serving openly in the military is now up to the Obama administration and Congress.