Navy snipers shot three pirates who had held Richard Phillips hostage since Wednesday. The episode threatens to change the dynamics of piracy in the region.
Volunteers canvassed door to door over the weekend in the first big test of his ground support.
With Cheney's urging, he insisted that he had that right under the US Constitution, especially during wartime.
The key is how well nations manage the spending.
Conservatives, resisting big government outlays on principle, begin to build the case for other options.