The improved earnings reports of recent days are welcome news, but a rising tide of loan losses still threaten the industry.
Secretary Clinton vows action, and seeks an international effort against the Somali pirates
The president appears to be trying to use his own popularity to push through a tough agenda.
G.O.P. leaders acknowledge they have a lot of rebuilding to do in order to confront a Democratic Party which won 95 percent of the black vote in the presidential election.
On Wednesday, the Labor Department reported that trade union membership rose 420,000 in 2008. New legislation could speed such growth.