Obama goes on the attack with a new ad, while the GOP candidate calls for an investigation.
Steven Preston, Housing and Urban Development secretary, sees 2009 as a better year, even if some regions lag.
Forming a single binational state is among the alternatives being raised to the two-state solution.
The U.S. military says that an increasingly capable Iraqi Army could assume primary combat responsibility by mid-2009.
Bush's orders to send special forces after Taliban militants have roots in previous presidencies.
More than 100,000 in Texas and Louisiana are estimated to have refused hurricane evacuation orders.