Shoppers' confidence is higher so far this month. Other data deliver a mixed message as to whether the economy has hit bottom yet.
He vows to support a regional treaty to curb gun trafficking as well as greater cooperation on clean energy.
In many cities across the US, homeowners are filing record numbers of assessment appeals, wanting their property taxes to reflect their shrinking value of their houses.
The bill, which is being called the most sweeping land protection law in a quarter century, would set aside more than 2 million acres of desert and forest in nine states.
Some 40 percent of foreclosure-related evictions involve renters. Congress and 13 states weigh giving them greater protection.
Permanent home swaps, while complex arrangements, are gaining momentum – 8,000 a month by one estimate.