• As lawmakers returned to Washington Monday, the bipartisan desire for a deal of some kind was outweighed by the thorny question of whether to raise income tax rates on the wealthy. 

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
  • This March 9, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, asking each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago.

    The once-rising political star has been on a mysterious months-long medical leave for bipolar disorder and also faces severeral federal investigations.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 7:00 AM EST