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Politics Barack Obama

  • Futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street on Wednesday as investors paused ahead of key U.S. data, having pushed markets to 11-month highs the previous day,

  • Empty GM Dealership

    A Congressional Oversight Panel report on the use of TARP funds to restructure the auto industry questions some of the decisions President Obamas Auto Task Force made with regard to GM and Chrysler.

  • Shares of Aetna, UnitedHealth and other HMO stocks fell on Tuesday as investors came to realize that healthcare reform is squarely back on the table.

  • Stethescope and money

    Prospects for a government insurance plan appeared to be sinking fast Tuesday as lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill a day ahead of a major health care speech by President Obama.

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    If President Obama had been a car salesman instead of a lawyer, maybe we could all just go back to the manager's office and "see what the numbers will do" to try to figure out health care reform. But we don't have a car salesman for a president, we have a lawyer. And with him, the bar has found a steadfast ally in the Oval Office.

  • HMO stocks could move next week after President Obama speaks about health care reform before a joint session of Congress.

  • The jobless-recovery theme re-emerged on Friday with the arrival of a disappointing employment report. The daunting number was the unemployment rate, which jumped from 9.4 percent in July to 9.7 percent in August. This is a big-versus-small-business issue. Sort of the haves versus the have-nots.

  • Woman using a computer

    The huge cost of a higher education—plus the need by many laid off workers to learn new skills—has sparked a sharp increase in online education. And online degrees, especially from well-known institutions, are gaining acceptance among employers.

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    My mom gets by with the help of Social Security and Medicare. She appreciates both programs, and you might think she'd be exactly the type of person the White House wants to help champion healthcare reform. You'd be wrong.

  • Will President Obama and the Democrats keep up their push for a government-run health care plan? We get some answers from House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia.

  • Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers a question during the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The question most Americans want answered when President Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress next week is not, "Why we need to reform health care?" After scores of media appearances and town hall meetings in recent months they have a fair idea of the problem. Instead, their critical question is, "What reform is the President willing to fight for?"

  • Pick your data: stock futures drop, then rise on nonfarm payroll report. The headline number-and the initial reason futures dropped-was the was the Unemployment Rate of 9.7 percent (which is based on a telephone survey), higher than the 9.5 percent consensus.

  • Vice President Joseph Biden

    Defending a costly plan to revitalize the economy, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said the government's sweeping stimulus effort "is in fact working" despite steady Republican criticism and public skepticism.

  • Traders are talking about: 1) FOMC minutes: sunnier outlook, but stocks little changed. The FOMC has released the minutes of its meeting held August 11 and 12. Plus....

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke joined Maria Bartiromo in an exclusive interview after putting out his OpEd in The Wall Street Journal on Monday outlining why “Fixing Health Care Is Good For Business”.

  • Lots of technical talk this morning on yesterday's weakness. RBC Capital Markets, in a note to clients this morning, noted that "An inability to make new highs into late September would be a significant negative for stocks well into Q4."

  • Believe it or not, sometimes good news on the economy can be bad news for stocks.

  • Stocks sold off after 10 AM ET...even though economic news came in better than expected, government incentives continue to make it difficult to gauge true demand.

  • You might call it the trillion dollar question. Should the administration be more concerned with inflation or a double dip recession?

  • Time for rotation?  Stock market bifurcates in 2009, but some argue to look for big names with no action.