As more than 5 million Americans fall behind on mortgages, banks signal a new willingness to reduce the principal.
Some analysts say government spending is more reliable because consumers often pocket tax breaks.
One possibility: Industrial emitters of CO2 partner with landowners to plant forests.
The din of Gaza followed Obama's Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, as he conducted a listening tour. Arab leaders wonder why their peace plan remains untouched.
Republicans elect new chairman, Michael Steele, but are split on the future direction of the party.