Leaders clash over how to stave off economic catastrophe.
Congress passed reform, but the debate still rages.
States cut budgets, staff as students protest nationwide.
Washington's mounting budget deficit sparks concern.
Leaders balance environmental concerns with an energy-hungry nation. FULL STORY
Arizona law reignites debate over illegal immigration.
Ideas differ on how to prosecute accused terrorists and defend against threats. FULL STORY
Congress weighs strategies on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. FULL STORY
Evident during town hall-style meetings about health care reform and by the formation of the Tea Party movement, anger has provoked some independent voters to seek a voice outside the traditional two-party system.
Presidents typically lose seats in Congress in midterms, but observers say this year's election has the potential for the biggest shift since the 1994 Republican Revolution, largely as a result of President Obama's ambitious first-term agenda.
Polls indicate many voters are embracing an anti-incumbent mood against candidates in both major parties, but the Democratic majority in Congress could bear the brunt, analysts say.
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