FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in the United States
September 20, 2010 at 11:39 AM EDT
Congress is likely to vote by the end of the year on whether to extend tax cuts dating back to George W. Bush's presidency. Letting the cuts expire would help plug a hole in the deficit but would be unpopular with voters. Debate on the issue in Congress is expected to come after the Nov. 2 vote.