Right now the numbers look bad for President Obama. Two new national polls show disapproval of his presidential performance at record highs.
A lawyer for the jailed Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden has fled the country because of safety fears, a colleague and relatives said.
Samiullah Afridi was being pressured by some quarters to back down from Shakil Afridi's defence, they said.
Mr Afridi is one of a panel of three lawyers representing Dr Afridi.
He is appealing against a 33-year court sentence for alleged links to a banned militant organisation.
Turns out nobody likes this budget deal except the press, which loves bipartisan agreements, no matter how puny.
The tone of the coverage is as follows: Finally, they're acting like grownups. Finally, a return to "regular order" (a legislative term no one cares about but which means doing a budget for a year rather than these endless stopgap measures). Finally, both sides have agreed to compromise. Finally, no danger of a government shutdown.