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  • 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.

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    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.

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

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd said he was hopeful a bipartisan agreement on a sweeping package of financial regulatory reforms could be reached in the coming days, but admitted there were still key differences between his party and the GOP.

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

    Senate Banking Committee members Thursday continued talks in the hope of crafting a bipartisan bill covering sweeping reform of the financial sector, with panel chairman Christopher Dodd signaling that there was still no agreement yet on where and how a new consumer watchdog agency would fit into the current regulatory structure.

  • U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    "We’re really close," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We’ve had a really good day. We’re getting to a place where Democrats and Republicans both can get comfortable with this. March 3 has been the best day yet in the process."

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    Three senior GOP members of the Senate Banking Committee have made a new proposal for the consumer financial protection agency to Democratic chairman Christopher Dodd.

  • Rush Limbaugh was pretty fired up about my interview earlier this week with Cato's Alan Reynolds.

  • Cost of healthcare

    President Obama’s new health-care push would apply the 2.9 percent health-care payroll tax to investments. We’ve never done this before. If we do, with the Bush tax cuts set to expire, the tax rate on capital gains and dividends could jack up over 50 percent.

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    A proposal to give the Federal Reserve the primary responsibility for protecting consumers from abusive and deceptive financial products emerged on Tuesday as a potential breakthrough after months of partisan gridlock in the Senate over the terms of a broad overhaul of financial regulations.

  • Health Care Reform

    President Barack Obama is urging Congress to finally push through his massive health care overhaul, freshening it with a handful of Republican ideas in a gesture of bipartisanship but strongly signaling Democrats will go it alone.

  • Jim Bunning

    By maintaining a quixotic filibuster against a Senate jobless bill, Senator Jim Bunning lit the fire of Democratic and Republican hyperbole against him.

  • Harold Ford Jr.

    We need more legislators who are pragmatists and centrists to take the helm and provide true leadership. We need legislators who can find solutions and not hide behind obstructionist rhetoric. The fringe elements of both parties today have wrested control from the silent majority. The squeaky wheels are getting all the grease, while the axle is falling apart.

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    Obama planned to send a letter to Democratic congressional leaders later in the day detailing his plan and make a statement at the White House on Wednesday.

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    Under the latest proposal, the Federal Reserve would be given new powers to protect consumers in dealing with financial services companies and their products, according to sources.

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    A weekend of talks between Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) yielded some progress on crafting a bipartisan bill for financial regulatory reform, but there's no indication that a deal is imminent, several sources said.

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    Given the current trouble Congress is experiencing getting a financial regulatory bill out of the Senate, this underscores some of the confusion about arcane financial products and confusion over how to address their risks (if any) towards the financial markets.

  • Cost of healthcare

    Positions were formed long ago and the talk-fest provided photo ops and little more. Observers took away what they wanted.

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    Senate negotiators continue to work on a bipartisan financial regulatory-reform bill, following talks Saturday that yielded no "real progress", according to one source.