Records of corporate giving to lawmakers favorite causes show the extent and lavishness of a once hidden practice.
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The I.M.F. has begun an investigation into whether its chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, abused his position in connection with a sexual relationship with a subordinate.
Accepting an economic rescue package from the I.M.F. would be seen as a humiliating step for the government.
President Bush and European leaders agreed to take steps toward a series of international meetings to address the economic crisis, the White House said.
Henry G. Cisneros spent years helping low-income families buy homes, part of a broad national trend with dire consequences.