Politics Barack Obama

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    As senators made their way to Capitol Hill this weekend, a confluence of meteorological conditions conspired to dump nearly two feet of snow on Washington, DC.  Unlike the decisions being made under the Capitol dome, we’ll soon dig ourselves out from the mountains of snow.

  • Stethescope and money

    A Republican senator who has opposed President Barack Obama's health overhaul effort said Tuesday that the deals Democratic leaders have cut to round up the votes they need to push the measure through the Senate have been "sleazy."

  • Washing Machine

    On the heels of the popular "Cash for Clunkers" program, the government announced an appliance rebate program aimed at encouraging consumers to junk their energy-guzzling appliances for more efficient ones. But it's been hard to navigate the program, until now.

  • Charie Evans, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

    The economy will continue to grow over the next few years, though unemployment will remain high and inflation tame, so there's "no urgent need" for the Federal Reverse to change its low-interest rate policy, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans told CNBC

  • Stethescope and money

    The New York Times reports on some of the hidden compromises in the final version of the Senate's health care reform bill.

  • If you have had the misfortune to follow this debate as it grinds through the Senate, several thoughts come to mind.

  • Foreclosed Home

    One of the biggest challenges to ending the foreclosure crisis is this: A surprising number of homeowners who get their monthly payments reduced fall behind again within a year.

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    There is nothing in this bill that changes our views at Soleil regarding the health care stocks we have been recommending.

  • Ben Bernanke

    “There's all this frustration about the bailout, the money, the Fed being asleep at the switch too long, so it's coming out as Bernanke bashing,” says one Washington observer.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on his re-nomination to the position.

    It is good news that the Senate Banking Committee yesterday approved Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. But it is disappointing that the 16 – 7 vote did not include a single Republican.

  • Unemployment Line

    Most US states saw unemployment decline in November, according to a government report, the latest sign that the jobs picture is beginning to improve as the economy recovers.

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    A Congressional tax standoff has opened a window of opportunity for wealthy Americans determined to avoid paying up post-mortem. The New York Times reports.

  • My old friend Dan Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, emailed me his latest video earlier this morning.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as the dollar gained. Financials took a hit after an analyst slashed her outlook and Citigroup's offering disappointed. A weak outlook from shipping giant FedEx also weighed on the market.

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Helicopter Ben Bernanke passed the Senate Banking Committee vote on his reconfirmation.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as the dollar gained. Financials took a hit after an analyst slashed her outlook and Citigroup's offering disappointed. A weak outlook from shipping giant FedEx also weighed on the market.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as the dollar gained and weekly jobless claims rose more than expected last week.

  • Factory Emissions

    Congress is reluctant to approve both because each will mean new and higher costs for American consumers at a time when they can least afford them..

  • U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve reiterated its special liquidity measures would expire early next year, dragging bank stocks down.

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    Americans are the most pessimistic they've been since the beginning of this year, when the US was mired in a deep recession, while confidence in President Obama and Congress is at the lowest level of 2009, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.