Greater confidence — and limited success in nuclear talks with six world powers — have helped reverse Iran's brutal inflation rate, and steadied the Iranian rial against the dollar. Iranians are feeling more optimistic, but for most of them, very little has actually changed economically.
Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has been writing about how corporations work in opaque ways to shape debates. He also explains the revolving door between Congress and lobby groups, and how non-profit think tanks aren't always what they seem.
The election administration commission appointed by President Obama found no evidence that partisan plots were behind long Election Day lines, as some have suggested. Rather, some election officials simply misjudged how much equipment and personnel they needed at certain precincts.
Chris Christie continues to travel the country as head of the Republican Governors Association. He's promoting the GOP agenda and raising money for this year's elections. But compared to Christie's usual style, it's a low-key tour — absent media interviews and with very few photo ops with smiling candidates.
Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent. There's been much drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.