The election of a black president triggered at least 200 hate-related incidents, a watchdog group finds.
Retail sales plunge a record 2.8 percent in October, suggesting a dismal outlook for holiday spending.
They pledge a more coordinated response to the global financial crisis, including stronger regulation.
Why any new stimulus plan should boost spending on infrastructure and education.
Ahead of the G-20 summit on the financial crisis, many are eyeing Japan's huge foreign reserves. But Tokyo is reluctant to use them on struggling nations.
Even without plunging auto and gasoline sales, October's rate was still -0.5 percent – a gloomy sign for holiday shopping.
Yet the Al Qaeda organization remains the "most clear and present danger to US security," Director Michael Hayden said in a speech Thursday.
Among the potential changes: college at 16, teacher-run schools, and state exams with assignments.