Former President Bush appears invisible to the Romney campaign and others in the GOP, but two Democratic Senate candidates, from Virginia and Arizona, show him in ads touting their bipartisanship.
Ron Paul left campaigning in South Carolina so he could vote to oppose Congress raising the debt limit. The resolution has no chance of passing, but for Paul it is a core issue.
GOP-led House has approved a payroll tax cut for workers in 2012 and is poised to vote on an omnibus spending bill for this fiscal year. Democrats want changes to both, but they appear to have lost much leverage.
House Republicans met behind closed doors Friday in search of common ground on the payroll-tax cut and other popular measures, set to expire Dec. 31.
To help the deficit 'super committee' reach a deal, some Republicans appear to be open to the idea of ending some tax breaks, despite opposition from antitax crusaders.
While Republicans and Obama are still far apart on how to create new jobs, Boehner signals the possibility of agreement on new infrastructure spending.
Congress raised few objections to presidential use of force in Afghanistan and Iraq, but the way President Obama has carried out the Libya mission has rankled both Democrats and Republicans.