Democratic congressional leaders hope to have a final deal by Jan. 28.
Governments must take a gimlet-eyed look. Nuclear's drawbacks haven't gone away.
The economy and education are areas where lawmakers may break partisan gridlock.
The Federal Election Commission has vacancies in four of six seats and it hasn't acted on a new ethics law.
Jim Nussle strikes a note of caution on government finances as the economy potentially slows down.
The House speaker touted Congress's domestic accomplishments, but recognized Americans' frustration at a lack of action on the Iraq war at a Monitor lunch Tuesday.