Rising entitlement costs and Iraq war expenses take a back seat to shorter-term stimulus plans.
Three 767s will start running the technology in April, but experts question this use of homeland-security resources.
Cubans voted for 614 candidates running unopposed in Sunday's parliamentary poll.
Deployment of 3,200 marines will help, analysts say, but will not provide the kind of counterinsurgency now needed there.
Mary Ann Hoberman has been writing rhyming stories for children for more than 50 years.
State presages rise of identity politics: Hispanics sided with her, blacks went for Obama.
Presidential polls take place Sunday amid intense debate that has pitted hard-line nationalists against more moderate politicians.