After a failed effort to boost taxes on oil companies, lawmakers turn attention to role of speculators in driving up oil prices.
The month of May had the sharpest increase in the US unemployment rate in 22 years.
House speaker's skills are being tested by Democrats' greater ideological diversity – a challenge that will intensify if the party picks up more seats in November.
GOP leaders urge a new agenda after several key losses.
Lenders who trim the principal on troubled loans would get federal loan guarantees.
Petraeus and Crocker shared the stage with presidential hopefuls, who all had much at stake.
Rep. John Boehner argues that his party might even regain the majority.