Democrats will be watching the Republican contests closely, hoping for additional upsets by tea party-backed candidates. Democrats hope the Republicans will be saddled with unelectable candidates. Republicans are looking to ride a wave of voter anger over the sputtering economy and politics-as-usual to regain control of Congress. The competition between traditional Republicans and their tea party counterparts is particularly strong in Delaware, New Hampshire, and New York. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Maryland also hold primaries Tuesday.
The House voted this week to end two programs to help certain homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages. More housing aid is on the chopping block, as lawmakers decry 'ineffective' programs.
House Democratic leaders set very tight rules for debate of the Obama tax deal Thursday, and rank-and-file Democrats revolted. Their main frustration now: the estate tax.