A number of fanciful ideas on economic policy have been floated in recent weeks. The so-called Death Star idea, officially rejected, was a stimulus plan. The 'magic coin' plot is meant to sidestep a showdown with Congress over the national debt ceiling. Seriously?
Stocks rose on Wall Street Friday, but the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell just shy its five-year high. Boeing stock fell after the FAA announced a comprehensive review of Boeing's 787 after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week.
The 10 wealthiest members of Congress in 2012 include Senate and House members hailing from all over the US. Can you guess which political party had the most lawmakers on the list – and who grabbed the top spot?
Stocks fell Friday in all industry groups in the S&P 500 except utilities. The biggest losses were in telecommunications and information technology stocks. But the big indices are still up 4 percent or more for three months.