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  • While this is a heavy duty inside-the-beltway item, it has everything to do with whether the US government will be able to continue to prop up zombie institutions or pick winners and losers in the private sector.

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    From cutting-edge technology to ancient ingenuity, take our quiz to find out how much you know about alternative energy.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    With the Senate scheduled to begin debate on a financial overhaul bill this week, the fraud suit against the Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs has emboldened Democrats to ratchet up pressure on Republicans who oppose the Obama administration’s proposal.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is preparing to travel outside Washington in the coming weeks to sell his proposal for financial regulatory reform to the country.

  • President Barack Obama

    The overhaul is the next major piece of legislation that Obama wants to sign into law this year, but solid GOP opposition in the Senate is jeopardizing that goal.

  • A participant at a Tea Party Express rally displays a sign critical of the Obama administration on April 13, 2010 in Albany, New York. The Tea Party Express will head to Boston on Wednesday where the headline speaker at an afternoon rally will be Sarah Palin.

    So much is being written in the mainstream media about who the tea partiers are, but very little is being recorded about what these folks are actually saying.

  • US House Minority leader John Boehner looks on as Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters following their meeting with President Barack Obama and the bipartisan Congressional leadership about the financial reform.

    As the Obama administration and Senate Republicans clash over the future of the nation’s financial regulatory system, there is one principle on which they agree: Taxpayers should never again have to bail out giant financial institutions.

  • President Barack Obama (C) speaks during a meeting on financial reform. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2ndL), Senator Harry Reid(R), Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman John Boehner(L), and Congressman Steny Hoyer, focusing to reform Wall Street.

    The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders said Wednesday that they would press forward with legislation to tighten regulation of the nation’s financial system. Rebuffing Republican criticism, the Democrats effectively dared the minority party to side with Wall Street by opposing the measure.

  • Piglet

    When it comes to earmarks—lawmakers spending on their pet projects—Congress has gone on a diet. Earmarks have declined 10.2 percent in the 2009 fiscal year.

  • In the spirit of tax week, here's a terrific video hosted by my old friend Dan Mitchell showing how a flat tax would benefit American families and businesses.

  • Paul Volker

    He may very well be the greatest central banker of all time. But with all due respect, Volcker’s call this week for a European-style VAT (as well as a carbon tax) is itself a historic mistake.

  • American healthcare reform

    First-term Rep. Betsy Markey is convinced that once people learn what's in President Barack Obama's new health care overhaul law, they'll support it. But it's not a message she was eager to carry in person to her constituents in Republican-leaning eastern Colorado.

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    End the public lifeline for large financial institutions, Republicans are demanding as they push back against Democratic efforts to set new rules for the financial industry.

  • With all these governors raising sales taxes on pole-dancing and everything else in sight, here's a guy with the political will and leadership to cut spending on education, health and union pensions without raising taxes in order to close a $4 billion deficit.

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    We are facing an across-the-board tax-hike assault from federal, state, and local sources. This, despite a precarious outlook of a return to long-term economic prosperity after an especially deep and painful recession.

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    The White House is revving up its lobbying efforts to help Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd win enough support in the full Senate for a financial reform bill, sources tell CNBC.com.

  • Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) speaks at a news conference following the Senate's cloture vote on health care reform legislation on Capitol Hill.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) finally unveiled his financial reform legislation. It was not worth the wait.

  • Ambulance

    House Democratic leaders are believed to be at least a half-dozen votes short of the 216 votes they need to pass health care reform, but have said they are confident they can secure the needed votes. The New York Times reports.

  • Rep. Steny Hoyer

    U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Friday that Democrats would have the support necessary to pass the healthcare reform bill in a vote expected Sunday.

  • Cost of healthcare

    The revised health care bill that Democrats released in advance of a House vote this weekend contained one initial mystery: how did they revise the Senate health care bill to make it more generous to the uninsured while simultaneously shaving more from the federal budget deficit?