The next year will be crucial, several top defense officials say. The US must begin to show progress or risk losing public support.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are acutely aware that the tone and content of the nominee's hearing could redefine the party after two punishing national elections.
Most elected Republicans distance themselves from incendiary comments by Limbaugh, Gingrich, and others.
The compromise measure would mandate reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and require greater use of renewable energy. The Senate could be a major stumbling block.
They defeat a resolution to investigate the Speaker and insist that the CIA is not above criticism.
Supporters and critics agree that it greatly empowers consumers and changes the credit-card industry.
Some Guantánamo detainees – with new legal protections for statements made under interrogation – will be tried.
The Democratic lawmaker is under fire over her knowledge of harsh interrogation measures. What did she know and when did she know it?