With elections ahead, Congress is expected to keep spotlight on alleged misdeeds.
Depending on their own point of view, they give thumbs up – or down – to Obama's and McCain's energy proposals.
Tax-free days cost states money but can prod lagging American spending.
Counterterrorism efforts by the Algerian government and the US are failing to stem terrorism in the region.
Recent bills – for students, GIs, housing market – add to long-term budget commitments.