Troop levels could settle at 'presurge' levels of 140,000.
The bottom line may be that many in the US view the Iraq invasion as a mistake they don't want to see repeated.
Despite their rhetoric, '08 candidates try to keep their options open.
At issue: Should the company pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 oil spill?
The house that Reagan built shows cracks, as the far right chafes at McCain as GOP standard-bearer.
With elections and economic woes, congressional approval of foreign trade accords will be an uphill battle.
Other challenges – potential recession, budget deficits, and rising entitlement spending – could overshadow military priorities.
Superdelegates, or party professionals, could play a decisive role in the outcome of the Democratic race.
High-level meetings are part of Admiral Keating's trip this week, following a flap over Hong Kong port visit by USS Kitty Hawk.