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  • Fannie, Freddie: Shareholders status left to courts Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    The bill, written by Democrat Tim Johnson and Republican Mike Crapo, would replace the companies with a new industry-financed agency.

    A bill to wind down mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • Raising the debt limit a breeze? Don't bet on it Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    Partisanship is as bad as it gets, meaning raising the $17 trillion borrowing limit may be tougher than expected, POLITICO's Ben White says.

  • Showdown set on unemployment bill in Senate Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 6:42 AM ET
    Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (right) and Harry Reid

    With bad weather preventing senators from traveling to Washington, a showdown vote on the unemployment bill was postponed until Tuesday.

  • The most thorny issues on Congress to-do list Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    Here's what's lawmakers are expected to focus on as they return to Capitol Hill.

  • DC in 2014: Maybe not quite so bad? Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:57 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    Surprise! Washington could be slightly less dysfunctional next year. Keep an eye on the debt ceiling, tax reform and mid-term elections. POLITICO's Ben White reports.

  • Santelli Exchange: Market logistics Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 10:43 AM ET
    Santelli Exchange: Market logistics

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and explains how logistics move the market.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hospitalized: NBC Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 9:09 AM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized as a "precaution" after feeling ill, and doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing.

  • How the Senate could kill the budget deal Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 1:43 PM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd L), Senate Minority Whip Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator John Thune (R-SD).

    Most of Wall Street views a budget agreement as a done deal. If it's not, lots of people will have to rethink rosy scenarios for a happy New Year.

  • Two-year federal budget deal takes shape in DC Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 10:18 AM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan listens to Sen. Patty Murray during a Capitol Hill meeting on the budget on Nov. 13, 2013.

    Congressional leaders from both parties are working out the details of a two-year federal budget deal they hope to vote on before the holiday recess.

  • Senators press ahead on new sanctions for Iran Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 8:23 AM ET
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    The Senate is working on new sanctions in case Iran cheats on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program.

  • What the 'nuclear option' means for the economy Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 12:57 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to blow up the filibuster on presidential nominations may raise new fiscal crisis risks.

  • Sebelius to get grilled again over health care law Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 6:57 AM ET
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website in October 2013.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is returning to Capitol Hill for a fresh interrogation on the health care law.

  • Fiscal deal could bring tax, entitlement changes Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    The U.S. Capitol.

    The budget deal to reopen the government could make it easier for lawmakers to make major changes to tax policy, spending and entitlement programs.

  • US debt deal is a Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 6:23 PM ET
    US debt deal is a

    LEE SACHS is Co-Founder & CEO of Alliance Partners says that the debt deal gives a window for US congress to work out their differences and not risk a further damage to their reputation.

  • Owens Thomsen: US structural issues persist Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 8:44 PM ET
    Owens Thomsen: US structural issues persist

    Marie Owens Thomsen, Senior Economist & Strategist, Credit Agricole Private Banking explains why structural issues are much more concerning than the current U.S. debt debacle.

  • Sen. Reid: Debt is here, deadline looming Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 3:15 PM ET
    Sen. Reid: Debt is here, deadline looming

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Senate majority leader Harry Reid is warning the U.S. could have a rating cut if a deal is not reached by midnight.

  • Steve Liesman puts himself in Lew's shoes Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 1:28 PM ET
    Steve Liesman puts himself in Jack Lew's shoes

    If the U.S. breaches the debt ceiling, the Treasury will have to get creative in deciding what gets paid. CNBC's Steve Liesman acts like Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

  • House is disappointed in Senate, but hopeful: Rep. Blackburn

    Discussing the approach of the House to reach a deal in Washington, with Peter Blair Henry, dean of NYU Stern School of Business; Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); and CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Boehner: Trying to find bipartisan solution Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 1:01 PM ET
    Boehner: Trying to find bipartisan solution

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the House is still clearly divided on a debt deal. The House proposal is still being tweaked.

  • Reid: Rating agencies talking about downgrading U.S. tonight

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid denounces a measure reportedly being considered by House Republicans, warning that it brings the country closer to a default even as ratings agencies are "talking" about a downgrade of U.S. debt "as early as tonight."