Debate over what's fair and what's wise is likely to intensify as US tries to contain the crisis.
On the Hill, bills range from rule changes allowing judges to rewrite mortgage terms to a financial-sector overhaul.
Some companies are having problems getting loans, and others are being informed of reduced credit lines.
The greenback has bounced back a bit after hitting a record low against the euro last week.
Thailand boomed on exports to the US. Now it's looking at populist incentives to stimulate growth.
Economists wonder if the Bush administration is ideologically inclined to do what's needed to rescue economy.
Two keys: Stabilize home values while keeping Wall Street calm, analysts say.
The collapse of Bear Stearns sends the central bank scrambling to ease fears.
The Fed chairman and the Treasury secretary face tough scrutiny as policymakers.