After Obama announced his 'bracket' choices on live TV, he drew fire from Republicans for not focusing more on world crises and the deficit. Was his ESPN appearance a bit of March Madness?
In all, 22 nations have lowered interest rates since Monday.
With no investment banks and tighter regulation, experts see a less dynamic recovery ahead.
Maliki wants a date in the status-of-forces deal, a move the US is resisting.
The jury in the Hamdan case gives a mixed result, but it's seen as a victory for Bush administration.
Despite the president's opposition, the bill passed with vetoproof majorities.