A disconnect: Pocketbook well-being has fallen behind productivity gains.
It tops Congress’s agenda, now colored by lawmakers’ preelection calculus.
Nearly 3 in 4 see taxes and budget deficits as 'extremely' or 'very' important in the 2008 campaign.
Banking woes, rising debt levels, and unemployment will put consumers in greater trouble, economists say.
Virginia could be a bellwether in a year that is likely to see a few more battleground states.
Proposed February troop reduction would coincide with increase in troops sent to Afghanistan.
But his policy agenda largely reflects the Bush administration's stands on tax cuts and the Iraq war.
The Bush administration announces $1 billion in aid but no military assistance.