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  • How Democrats Made the Health Care Numbers Add Up Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 6:47 PM ET
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    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?

  • Holy Shank! Prisoners Are Big Winners of This Recession Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 12:25 PM ET
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    We’ve heard a lot about the losers from state budget cuts but here’s an unlikely winner: state prisoners.

  • Obama Signs Jobs Bill, Says More Must be Done Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
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    In a sunny Rose Garden ceremony, Obama said the legislation will help the private sector start hiring again.  It is the first of several jobs measures promised by Democrats this year.

  • GOP Leaving 'Door Open' On Financial Reform: Shelby Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 8:49 AM ET

    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.

  • Beijing's Crackdown on Text Messaging May Hurt Business Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 12:05 AM ET
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    Tencent, the world’s third-largest internet company by market capitalization, said China’s crackdown on mobile text messaging was starting to hurt its business.

  • Embattled Health Care Reform Plan Picking Up Steam Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 4:56 PM ET
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    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.

  • Senate Easily Passes Jobs Bill for President's Signature Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 12:57 PM ET
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    Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won final congressional approval Wednesday.

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    So where are the criminal indictments of Wall Street CEOs after the largest economic crime spree is U.S. history?

  • 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.

  • Is Dodd Ending Too Big to Fail? Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 11:34 AM ET
    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.

  • Busch: Obama's Supreme Court Challenge Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 10:50 AM ET
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    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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    Family members of admitted fraudster Bernard Madoff have insisted that they, too, are victims of the historic Ponzi scheme, and moved late Monday to dismiss a civil complaint alleging that they helped facilitate the fraud.

  • Financial Reform Down to Two Major Hurdles: Dodd Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 9:52 AM ET
    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.

    The Senate is already down to its final two hurdles before passing a comprehensive financial reform bill, Sen. Christopher Dodd told CNBC.

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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.

  • Congress Must Let Regulators Do Their Jobs: Bove Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 9:12 AM ET
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    Congress should allow regulators to do their jobs in supervising banks and it must regulate over-the-counter derivatives to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis, Dick Bove, financial strategist at Rochdale Securities, told CNBC Monday.

  • Farrell: Obama's Big Gamble Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 8:45 AM ET
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    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.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Though there’s virtually no chance the Fed will change interest rates or key monetary policy language at its March 16 meeting, change of another sort is imminent.