Politics Barack Obama

  • President Barack Obama addressing the American MEdical Association.

    President Obama pushed hard Monday for a health care overhaul, saying the system is "a ticking bomb" for the budget that could propel America down "the route of GM" without a legislative fix.

  • Bank of Obama

    We're all funding the Great American Bailout. So where's your check? Three guys in Austin who were having a few brews at the local pub were asking just that. Being true Americans, they decided if they couldn't get a bailout, they'd make a bale of money by mocking the bailout.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened lower on Monday after a key manufacturing barometer showed factories continue to suffer in the slumping economy. And IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that the worst may be yet to come for the global economic crisis. Read and listen to what the experts had to say…

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran

    A world wary of Iran's nuclear program reacted cautiously Saturday to hard-line leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hotly disputed re-election. Some expressed hope that the Islamic republic's president will soften his defiance and warm to recent U.S. overtures.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is ready to roll out an overhaul of the intricate rules and systems that govern America's troubled financial institutions, proposing the most ambitious revision since the Great Depression.

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    The long-running and personal feud between Mr. Dugan and Ms. Bair is now helping to shape President Obama ’s attempt to revamp financial regulation aimed at preventing the regulatory lapses that contributed to the economic crisis.

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    President Barack Obama is seeking to help pay for his health care plan by sharply reducing the government's medical spending, mainly by trimming payments to prescription drugmakers, hospitals and other care providers.

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    A world wary of Iran's nuclear program reacted cautiously Saturday to hard-line leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hotly disputed re-election. Some expressed hope that the Islamic republic's president will soften his defiance and warm to recent U.S. overtures.

  • Tobacco

    Historic anti-smoking legislation sped to final congressional passage on Friday— after a bitter fight lasting nearly a half-century— and lawmakers and the White House quickly declared it would save the lives of thousands of smokers of all ages.

  • Is this the inflection point? For weeks there has been a simple trade going on which has made a lot of money for the participants: go long commodity and techs, and short bonds and the dollar.

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    It's accepted wisdom that government and business are like oil and water; the two don't mix—never have, never will.

  • New highs brings little excitement. The S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are sitting at highs for the year, but why doesn't it feel like it? Is it the light volume, the low volatility?

  • Healthcare took center stage again Thursday with the President making a new push for a government-sponsored insurance plan. What’s the trade?

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    After stocks took a quick dip following the latest Treasury auction, markets resumed their ascent on Thursday. At first glance, the auction results sent investors out of stocks and into the relative safety of bonds; but after further consideration, they jumped back into stocks. Read and listen to what the pros had to say…

  • Higher yields bring out the buyers. The 4.72 percent yield on the 30-year auction was a bit below some expectations (I heard estimates of around 4.8 percent) but still much higher than comparable yields of only a few weeks ago. Buying interest was strong.

  • Tobacco

    The Senate has voted to give the government extensive new powers to decide how tobacco companies will make and market their products. Supporters say that could spare millions from smoking addiction and premature death.

  • The Republican Party blueprint for reform would strip the Federal Reserve of significant powers, create a single banking regulator, establish a special bankruptcy code to handle the collapse of too-big-to-fail non-banking firms and promises "no more bailouts."

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened slightly higher on Thursday after reports showed jobless claims fell by 24,000 last week to 601,000 and retail sales ticked higher in May. Bond yields will also be in focus today as the results of the government's 30-year Treasury auction are due out at 1pm ET. Experts weighed in on the above and more. Read and listen to what they had to say…

  • Despite the somewhat encouraging set of data, futures drifted a bit lower as traders became more concerned with the move in 10-year Treasury yields, which briefly rose above 4 percent again earlier this morning.

  • Stocks dropped as soon as the results of the 10-year auction were announced. The yield of 3.99 percent was at the high end of expectations.