$5 gas: With residents in nine states and D.C. already paying more than $4 for a gallon of regular gas, analysts ask if the national average will reach $5 a gallon this year.
If the deal to renew the Bush tax cuts adds jobs and boosts the economy, as many analysts predict, it will improve President Obama's chances for reelection, says Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
The jobs bill will create 200,000 jobs at most, estimates at least one economist. Obama signed the jobs bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday.
Jim Nussle strikes a note of caution on government finances as the economy potentially slows down.