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  • 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?

  • Senate Republicans say the "door is open" to negotiating a bipartisan bill on financial reform with Democrats, but "there will be a lot of Republican votes against it as it is," says the GOP's senior member of the banking committee.

  • Surgeons

    President Barack Obama's much-challenged health care overhaul gained traction Wednesday as a liberal lawmaker became the first to switch his opposition and Catholic nuns declared their support in an unusual public break with the bishops.

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

    Speaker Pelosi is as good as it gets in wrestling votes for legislation she favors. She is the female version of that titan, Tip O'Neill (D. Mass.) who famously said, "All politics is local." But as good as she is, the Speaker seems to have come up short with the necessary votes to get the Senate version of the health care bill passed in the House of Representatives.

  • Stethescope and money

    As they prepare for climactic votes on health care reform, lawmakers face an angry public that isn't likely to applaud any decision they make, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • 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.

    Sen. Chris Dodd’s financial-regulation proposal raises the possibility of substantial progress on the road to ending “too big to fail” and bailout nation for banks and other financial institutions.

  • US Supreme Court

    If there is a protracted battle on any nominee or if any nominee is withdrawn after they are proposed, the process has the potential to wipe out most of the summer and part of the fall. This would leave little time to pass any meaningful legislation before Congress adjourns before the mid-term elections.

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    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd Monday unveiled a new, more moderate blueprint for sweeping financial reform in an attempt to win bipartisan support.

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    The ranking GOP member of the Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby, says he agrees with "85-90 percent" of what panel chairman Chris Dodd is expected to unveil his his bill today.

  • Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

    She's done it again. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has released another attention-grabbing campaign video, as she seeks to beat out two Republican rivals and take on Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

  • Cost of healthcare

    President Obama is going all in on the health care plan. He postponed an overseas trip to be on hand for a hoped for vote on the plan this coming Friday.

  • US Senators Bob Corker and Christopher Dodd.

    A financial-reform bill expected from Senate Banking Chair Chris Dodd on Monday earned praise from his GOP counterpart, Bob Corker, but the two sides remained far from an agreement.

  • US Senators Bob Corker and Christopher Dodd.

    GOP members of the Senate Banking Committee fired off a letter to committee chair Chris Dodd this weekend, expressing concerns over a bill he plans to unveil on Monday.

  • NYSE Traders

    Stocks may have a hard time finding traction ahead of the Fed's Tuesday meeting, but the trend for the market is clearly higher, strategists say.

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    By setting risk retention requirements at each step of the process, the very legislation intended to avoid a housing crisis could drastically reduce liquidity and cripple the ability of the secondary mortgage market to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars of low cost mortgage credit needed each year.

  • US Senators Bob Corker and Christopher Dodd.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will introduce a revised package of reforms for the financial sector Monday, essentially sidelining long-running, bipartisan talks.

  • Health Care Reform

    House Democratic leaders Thursday walked their rank-and-file members through last-minute agreements that could move President Barack Obama's overhaul of the nation's health care system a step closer to reality.

  • Senate Banking Committee members from both parties said on Wednesday that they had agreed to include in their regulatory overhaul bill a new Office of Research and Analysis that would provide early warnings of possible systemic collapses.

  • US Capitol Building

    The Senate Banking Committee has added a new fee on big financial institutions to its legislative package of financial reforms, according to a source familiar with negotiations

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is playing a crucial role in bipartisan negotiations over financial regulation, pressed to remove a provision from draft legislation that would have empowered federal authorities to crack down on payday lenders.