At last, at last. Barring the completely unexpected, the end of the all-too-long-running Clinton impeachment saga finally is in view. If the ham actors involved follow their own script, the process will finish on Friday of next week at the latest. When it does, Bill Clinton will still be president - as almost everyone has known for weeks would be the case - and the Congress will once again take a holiday. Because they don't want to face impeachment when they return, the legislators are expected to end it before they go, though precisely how remains unclear. But it's certain that presidential foes cannot collect the 67 Senate votes needed to cast Mr Clinton from office. When they do return, legislators will take up the nation's other business - such as passing a national budget with a huge surplus or using that surplus to justify a tax cut. One agenda item of special interest locally is whether they'll try to punish China for alleged human rights abuses and having a huge American trade surplus. Many Congressmen are angry on both counts, with some Republicans in particular seeing China policy as a convenient club for bashing a president they dislike but can't unseat. Also of special interest to Hong Kong investors is a Clinton plan for keeping the US social security (pension) plan solvent as more baby boomers reach retirement. He wants to invest some of its tax receipts in the stock market, probably pushing up prices over time. But Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, among others, is strongly opposed, just as he contends Hong Kong's market intervention violates free market economics. Many other divisive issues dot the agenda. Yet it will be a relief when US politicians finally return to contentious business as usual.