Politics Barack Obama

  • It’s not so much a social contract as an economic strategy. Here’s how we put people back to work.

  • From boardrooms to waiting rooms across the nation people are intently debating the future of healthcare. But no matter how it plays out, healthcare stocks may be winners!

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    A new government health insurance plan sought by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could coexist with private insurers without driving them out of business, an analysis by nonpartisan budget experts suggests.

  • Stocks move sideways in a test of recent market strength. Like Friday, stocks sold off mid-morning, but almost immediately began bouncing back. The major indices have broken into positive territory late in the day. Volume is light.

  • Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Sunday that he had to "hold my nose" over last year's taxpayer-financed bailouts of big financial companies but argued that the action had to be taken to avoid a major meltdown of the U.S. financial system and the broader economy.

  • Health Care Reform

    Healthcare reform is the hot topic in Washington these days as President Obama pushes for a bill he can sign this fall. Many analysts say something should be done to change the system while others say the system is not broken and even if it is, the Obama plan would not work. Here are two opposing views from our guest bloggers Tony Fratto and Julie Roginsky.

  • Forget healthcare reform by August, right now it doesn’t even look like Dems can get their bill through the House!

  • uP CHART

    Stocks stay resilient...there is strong momentum behind all groups. All 10 S&P 500 sectors are above their 200-day moving averages; that rarely happens and is a sign of a broad market advance.

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    A general air of uncertainty over what Washington has in store for health care reform is spreading to Wall Street, where investors are leery over what ramifications the undertaking will have on portfolios.

  • While the S&P 500 is up 3.8 percent this week, the S&P 500 equal-weighted index, which gives each of the 500 stocks an equal weighting, is up 4.7 percent this week. In other words, this has been a fairly broad rally, with lots of stocks participating in the rally.

  • And that’s just one stock in a sector that he thinks will continue to move higher.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama stepped up his us-against-them pitch for overhauling health care Thursday, saying the American people need it and must overcome resistance from opponents in Washington, whom he described vaguely as naysayers and skeptics.

  • Ben Bernanke

    Ben was superb. He knew he had to deliver a strong message and not get bogged down by the often inane questions of our political elite. The best way to get your point across is to tell them what you're going to say, say it, and then tell them what you said. Even Congressman might hear the message.

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    Despite Dennis Kneale calling the end of the recession, we may be getting ahead of ourselves with talk of "recovery". It's possible we're finding a bottom, but no one knows whether growth will return this quarter or next.

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    The typical citizen watching from afar is left to wonder: What will health care reform mean for me, besides possibly higher taxes?

  • Government Bailout

    As Congress spent much of the last three months looking at ways to tighten regulations on financial institutions, some of the biggest bailout recipients increased their spending on influencing legislators.

  • Fitch Ratings

    The Obama administration on Tuesday sent Congress legislation seeking to tighten government oversight of Wall Street's credit rating agencies and stem potential conflicts of interest in their business practices to protect investors.

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    The Obama administration warned Congress on Tuesday that a House-approved plan to restore shuttered General Motors and Chrysler dealerships would threaten the auto companies' bankruptcies and recovery.

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    Though manufacturing has long been in decline, the loss of factory jobs has been especially brutal of late, with nearly two million disappearing since the recession began in December 2007. Even a few chief executives, heading companies that have shifted plenty of production abroad, are beginning to express alarm.

  • Taxes

    Soon the IRS tax form will be two lines and two lines only. First will be how much did you make, second will simply be the instructions to send it all in. The tax plans coming out of Congress to pay for the health proposals are punitive and confiscatory (but are likely to kill any chances that the bill would be enacted into law).