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Politics Barack Obama


  • $800 Billion Far Too Little Stimulus, Says Duran Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 6:21 PM ET

    Lawmakers spent Friday fighting over ways to stimulate the economy. But our guest says it probably doesn't matter.

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    Now that people are making wish-lists for the new administration, lowering the drinking age keeps popping up as one of the most common suggestions. I think our national drinking age is an absolute travesty of justice.

  • Techs, Banks Rally, Capping a Dismal Week Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks ended a topsy-turvy week mixed as techs and banks rallied but about half of the Dow finished the day in negative territory.

  • Obama's First 100 Days: What He's Done So Far Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 5:03 PM ET

    President Barack Obama said it appears Congress is "on target" to approve a massive new stimulus package by Feb. 16th, President's Day.

  • Stocks Pare Losses as Techs Rebound Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 3:52 PM ET

    U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday as worries about earnings continued to rattle the market.

  • The Politics And Science Of Geron Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    A few days into his term, President Obama appears to have begun to undo another Bush-era policy. He hasn't yet formally lifted the Bush-imposed ban on federal funding of new embryonic stem cell research, but Obama's Food and Drug Administration has already set the stage for it.

  • Fixing Foreclosures: 'How Far Are We Going to Go?' Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 1:44 PM ET

    Most agree home foreclosures are a major problem.  But the severity of the issue, mechanics of tackling it and amount of money needed are very much under debate.

  • Bowyer: I Was Wrong About Geithner Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 12:57 PM ET
    Jerry Bowyer

    The last thing we need is another master of the universe who feels like the rules of the moral code do not apply to him, says Jerry Bowyer.

  • Busch: You Know Things Are Bad When.... Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 10:57 AM ET

    With rumors swirling over a nationalization of Citigroup and serious questions being raised about the Geithner nomination, the US is in for a tough weekend, says Andrew Busch.

  • Stocks Decline as AmEx, GE Skid Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday as worries about earnings continued to rattle the market.

  • 'Bad Bank' Regains Favor As Solution for Toxic Debt Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 10:36 AM ET

    Wall Street and Washington now favor a government-run entity to buy troubled assets from banks and other struggling financial firms.

  • Obama's Auto Plan Must Withstand "January Storm" Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 9:33 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    Wondering what President Obama is planning to do to save the auto industry? Just ask some of the people the President's advisors have been consulting.

  • Futures Fall, But GE Shares Post Gain Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 8:15 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Friday, following on from weakness in the previous session.

  • Pros Say: Hedge Funds the Best Crisis Fighter Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 4:43 AM ET

    Global stocks ended the week lower Friday on heightened economic fears. The dollar and government bonds gained as investors parked their money in safe havens.

  • Warren Buffett, in a taped interview with Susie Gharib of National Business Report on PBS

    Warren Buffett sat down recently for a taped interview with Susie Gharib of Nightly Business Report to mark the PBS program's 30th anniverary tonight.  In the conversation, Buffett hints Berkshire Hathaway might buy back some of its stock since it has fallen so sharply from its highs.  He also says the credit crunch is easing but business conditions are getting worse.  This is a transcript of that entire interview, as provided to us by NBR.

  • Team Obama has gotten its way on the Tim Geithner nomination for Treasury Secretary - but the Democrats may rue the day, since Geithner’s lack of character and truth-telling will surely take its toll and sully President Obama’s new era of responsibility.

  • Stimulus Package: GOP Upset As It Moves To House Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 4:00 PM ET

    The House hopes to vote next week on the $825 billion package sought by President Barack Obama to help the struggling economy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

  • Former President Bush Gets Ready To Talk Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 3:27 PM ET
    Laura Bush, George Bush and Condoleezza Rice

    Former President Bush may be kickin’ up his heels now that he’s back home in Texas – but he won’t be kickin’ back for long.

  • What Would You Do If You Were Obama? Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Now that he's taken the oath of office a second time, watched the Jesse White Tumblers in the inaugural parade, and danced at several balls celebrating his inauguration, President Obama faces some tough choices with the auto industry. What should he do? What would you do if you were sitting in the oval office?

  • Busch: Currency Intervention Back In Style Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 10:31 AM ET

    With the dramatic plunge in the British pound and the dramatic rise of the Japanese yen & Swiss Franc, the rumblings from Tokyo to Zurich to London are all pointing in the direction of action, says Andrew Busch.