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  • Obama's First 100 Days: What He's Done So Far Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 2:28 PM ET
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    With one of their own in the White House, Democrats in Congress are moving to give domestic government agencies 8 percent more money, on average, to spend this year atop the whopping $787 billion in economic stimulus funds.

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  • Obama's Speech: The Re-Education Of America Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 12:24 PM ET
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    We are no longer a nation of idiots, or at least that's my takeaway from Obama's speech last night. It seems others agree.

  • Opinion: Illegal Immigrants Impact Stimulus Bill Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 11:46 AM ET

    There may be a reason there wasn’t more infrastructure spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Members of Congress may have been fearful about just whom they would be helping if they spent more money on big public works projects. Why? Because they could face the prospects of having to defend allotting taxpayer money which gives jobs to illegal immigrants.

  • Market Tips: Buy Gold if it Breaks $1,005 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 9:53 AM ET
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    Global stocks rose Wednesday, rebounding from severe lows earlier this week, as comments out of the US on the economy and banking sector raised investors' hopes and led them to get back into riskier assets.

  • Trading After The Obama Speech Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 9:41 AM ET

    Following its second best day of the year yesterday, the markets are poised for a slightly lower open, with little reaction to President Obama’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.

  • Futures Off Lows as AT&T Shows Gain Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 9:20 AM ET

    US stocks looked set to give back some the gains from the previous session at the open Wednesday, after Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke soothed investors by stepping back from bank nationalization plans and saying the recession may end this year.

  • Ford Cuts Exec Salaries & Bonuses Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 8:46 AM ET
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    Tuesday afternoon Ford took another huge step in showing it's committed to cutting costs and "sharing the pain".

  • Out Of Work? They're Hiring At The White House Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 8:37 AM ET

    I'm disappointed that Barack Obama has so far refused to accept my LinkedIn invitation. However, I'm happy to report that Dodgers Manager Joe Torre "friended" me on Facebook! Never met the man, but, like, how cool is that?

  • Pros Say: Half Measures Won’t Cure Banks Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 4:41 AM ET
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    Global stocks rose Wednesday after Wall Street's overnight rally spurred by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's reassuring comments on the financial industry. Bernanke said the government did not have plans to nationalize major banks at this stage.

  • Oil Chiefs Urge Offshore Drilling Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 4:18 AM ET
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    Executives of the biggest oil companies are taking their case for expanded offshore drilling to Congress, even as Democratic congressional leaders and the Obama administration promise to put some limits on energy development along the nation's coasts.

  • Yoshikami: Tighten the Purse Strings, Yes We Can! Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 11:37 PM ET
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    Obama spoke of many things in his Financial State of the Union. But the underlying tone was one steeped in one basic theme: accountability. For his administration, for you and me, and for the scoundrel corporate leaders everyone loves to hate nowadays. He said over and over again that the party is over, the fantasy dead. We have to be accountable for our actions. 

  • Mad Mail: What About Canadian Banks? Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 9:58 PM ET

    Plus, Cramer's plan for Obama and the conundrum of preferred shares.

  • 2 Things Obama Must Do Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 8:41 PM ET

    The president needs to address a few key issues in his speech to Congress Tuesday night, Cramer says, to help the markets get back on their feet.

  • Wall Street to Obama: Give Us a Little Bit of Hope Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 6:26 PM ET
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    "We have enough bad news out there. We need the positives," says one market pro about Obama's speech to Congress Tuesday night.

  • Miller: Economy First Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 4:01 PM ET

    Now is not the time to push through narrow, costly special interest projects which at best don’t create jobs and at worst will cost them, says Bill Miller the National Political Director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Commentary: Why Bernanke Moved Markets  Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

    We on Power Lunch were all transfixed during Sen. Corker’s questioning of Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke Tuesday.

  • What follows below is the transcript of my interview with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on last night's show. Mr. Harper is a trained economist and quite an impressive statesman. Our northern neighbors are lucky to have him at the helm. We covered a wide range of key topics including the ailing banking system, risks of protectionism, oil sands and autos.

  • "Call of Shame" — Your Emails Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 1:31 PM ET
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    I reported, you voted, and the overwhelming winner of last week's "Call of Shame" is the SEC. You also emailed.

  • Commentary: Taking Issue with Bernanke's 'Fire' Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 1:00 PM ET

    Fed Chief Ben Bernanke used an analogy to justify President Obama’s housing plan even if it does promote “moral hazard” and reward people for poor behavior. He compared it to a neighbor who’s house is on fire because he was smoking in bed.