Politics Barack Obama

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    Legislators are showing renewed interest in proposals for a government subsidy to encourage new hiring. President Obama last month endorsed the idea of a tax incentive for companies that add jobs, and many will be listening for more details in his State of the Union speech Wednesday night.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks had a weak open Wednesday as investors were disappointed with some earnings outlooks and waited for the Federal Reserve's statement this afternoon. Stocks slipped further into the red after a report showed new home sales unexpectedly unexpectedly fell last month and as the House hearing on AIG began.

  • Timothy Geithner

    What-did-they-know-and-when-did-they-know-it will be the over-arching theme of the questions. According to the US Treasury Department, Geithner was recused from "working on issues involving specific companies," including AIG after he was nominated on Nov. 24th, 2008, for the US Treasury Secretary.

  • John Cornyn

    Why did Senate Republican campaign chief John Cornyn tell me last night on CNBC that it is “almost numerically impossible” for the GOP to retake the upper chamber this November?

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    Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Wednesday, with investors looking for news both from companies reporting earnings and from economic leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos.

  • President Barack Obama

    Many Americans think President Obama should spend more time on the economy and think his health-care plan is a bad idea, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. 

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks erased their gains just in time for the closing bell Tuesday as news that the Senate has scheduled a hearing on President Obama's bank proposal for next week rattled the market.

  • Forget China, the weak consumer and housing. If you’re looking for one catalyst threatening to take down this rally, we’ve found it.

  • Stocks have been drifting lower since 2pm ET, but have taken a second leg down since 3:30pm. Here's why...

  • Many of you assume that California is full of liberals, even though the Golden State produced Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Prop 13.

  • Stocks off their highs, and no surprise. Mid-afternoon Tuesday, and just like yesterday (and many other days), when there are modest gains on light volume...closing out positions usually means stocks drift lower. We drifted higher throughout the day on very mixed news...But professional traders have become largely momentum traders, and they don't like the momentum.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks bounced back Tuesday after a report showed consumer confidence rose for a third straight month.  Travelers led the Dow after beating earnings expectations.

  • The Supreme Court’s decision to treat business entities as “people” has fired up political pundits and lobbyists on all sides, writes William Dunkelberg, Economics Professor at Temple University.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks bounced back Tuesday after a report showed consumer confidence rose for a third straight month.  Travelers led the Dow after beating earnings expectations.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Obama came to Washington with the contradictory message that the federal government had both spent like drunken sailors and starved federal programs of necessary funding. Something was going to have to give. Or not.

  • It looks like Ben will get the votes necessary for another four year term, but at what cost? Harry Reid, he of the Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska deal to sell 49 states down the Medicaid road to get one Senator's vote, alleged to have extracted a promise from Bernanke that Ben take additional steps to increase the flow of credit to the middle class.

  • President Barack Obama may have just spiced up the debate about global banking regulation, but the prospects for success for the president’s latest initiative remain mired in the challenge of a combative Congress and a fierce Wall Street lobby.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street Tuesday, with stock markets in Asia and Europe knocked down by news of monetary tightening in China.

  • The World Economic Forum's closely watched Global Risks report says there's a "significant chance" of a second financial crisis, but, hey, things are looking a lot better than they were at this time last year.

  • What exactly did Ben Bernanke promise Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid? That’s the big question right now. Reid reluctantly endorsed Bernanke after a one-on-one meeting. Here’s what Reid said, according to the Las Vegas Sun: “I made it clear that to merit confirmation, chairman Bernanke must redouble his efforts to ensure families can access the credit they need to buy or keep their home, send their children to college, or start a small business.”