Numerous charges of ethical violations have not resonated with voters, giving Rob Andrews a clear shot at re-election.
Even people who don't use the mail much might feel the impact of increased shipping costs for companies.
Prosecuting lawmakers for their actions will be difficult because of broad protections under the Constitution.
Love 'em or hate 'em, the central bankers have done all they can.
Turmoil in Europe and a Congressional supercommittee that's anything but super are taking a toll on global markets.
Even if a deal comes through before Tuesday, it's unlikely that the government can cooperate well enough to prevent a downgrade.
If things close down temporarily, it might show we can do the same with less, a fund manager says. Plus: Video on the budget stalemate.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.