• Farrell: What Did Ben Say? Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 11:18 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Time magazine's Man of the Year Ben Bernanke gave a speech this past weekend, and at first I thought he was defending the excessively loose monetary policy that led to the recent crisis.

  • American Airlines aircrafts.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is stepping up oversight of American Airlines after three botched landings by the carrier over 11 days, the Wall Street Journal reported. .

  • Health Cuts With Little Effect on Care Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | 10:47 AM ET
    Stethescope and money

    At the heart of the health care debate is the question of whether it’s possible to cut medical costs without harming patients. What has happened in Richmond, Virginia helps to answer that question.

  • Recession Slows Population Rise Across Sun Belt Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | 11:15 AM ET
    Miami, Florida

    States in the South and the West that grew by exceptional leaps and bounds during the real estate boom of just a few years ago are now experiencing sharply slower growth in population, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.

  • Senators Sound Off On Health Care Bill Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    As the U.S. Senate approved the health care reform bill on Thursday, Senators from both sides of the partisan aisle offered their perspectives to CNBC.

  • Next Health Reform Showdown: House Versus Senate Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 10:40 AM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    Our health care system  suffers from soaring costs and uneven quality. For health reform to be a success, it needs to make major progress on those problems. Here's a guide to the coming negotiations between the House and Senate aimed at closing the gaps between their two versions of reform legislation.

  • Tony Fratto: The Coming Health Spending Blizzard Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
    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.

  • Democratic Health Care Deals 'Sleazy': GOP Senator Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 8:43 AM ET
    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."

  • 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

  • Deep in Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 10:57 AM ET
    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.

  • Busch: Xmas and Health Care Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 10:49 AM ET

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

  • Man of the Year? More Like Senate's New Whipping Boy Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 12:49 PM ET
    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.

  • Chadwick: Bernanke IS the Right Person for the Job Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 11:56 AM ET
    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.

  • Estate Tax Is Expiring, but Death Won’t Last Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 11:04 AM ET

    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.

  • Should Helicopter Ben Withdraw His Name? Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 5:22 PM ET
    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.

  • 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..

  • Americans Most Pessimistic They've Been Since January Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 7:05 PM ET

    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.

  • Poll Reveals Trauma of Joblessness in U.S. Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 10:03 AM ET

    More than half of the nation’s unemployed workers have borrowed money from friends or relatives. An equal number have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments, the NY Times reports.

  • US Capitol Building with cash

    A bipartisan group of former lawmakers and budget officials called on Congress and President Barack Obama Monday to commit to reining in trillion-dollar plus budget deficits to avoid dragging down the economy.

  • Senate Dems Struggle to Get Health Care on Track Monday, 14 Dec 2009 | 11:40 AM ET
    Joe Lieberman (CT -D)

    Senate Democrats who thought they had a workable compromise to move ahead on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul learned otherwise from Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is threatening to join Republicans in opposing a bill if it expands Medicare.

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