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  • Obama: Bank Regulators May Have Gotten Too Tough Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 3:38 PM ET
    President Barack Obama addressing a town hall in Elyria, OH.

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that regulatory oversight of the country's banks might now be erring too much on the side of caution, potentially hindering the flow of credit to small businesses.

  • Lobbyists Get Potent Weapon in Campaign Finance Ruling Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 11:43 AM ET
    Sen. Chuch Schumer

    The Supreme Court has handed lobbyists a new weapon. A lobbyist can now tell any elected official: if you vote wrong, my company, labor union or interest group will spend unlimited sums explicitly advertising against your re-election.

  • If Bills Fail, a Quandary for Insurers Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 10:32 AM ET
    Ronald A. Williams

    With the possible collapse of the Congressional health care effort, health insurers might seem to have reason to celebrate. The legislation threatened to remake much of their business, with the prospect of burdensome government regulation and less profit from selling coverage to individuals and small businesses. The New York Times reports.

  • Would New Bank Rules Really Prevent Another Crisis? Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 9:50 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama wants to cut down to size those too-big-to-fail banks. But his vow on Thursday to rewrite the rules of Wall Street left many questions unanswered, the New York Times reports,  including the big one: Would this really prevent another financial crisis?

  • Bank Overhaul Poses Threat To Stocks, Economy: Experts Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 3:36 PM ET

    President Obama's crackdown on big banks could slow the economic recovery and spark a major selloff in stocks, some experts said.

  • Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Spending Limits Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
    Gavel

    The Supreme Court struck down Thursday long-standing limits on corporate spending in U.S. political campaigns, such as this year's congressional races and the 2012 presidential contest.

  • Banks Being Attacked Unfairly: Ex-Bear Stearns CEO Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 9:29 AM ET

    The banking industry has unfairly come into the crosshairs of both the public and politicians, former Bear Stearns CEO Alan "Ace" Greenberg said.

  • Glass-Steagall Redux Would Be a 'Boon': Bove Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 7:46 AM ET

    Introducing legislation separating investment banks from commercial banks would be a "boon" for shareholders, despite banks' opposition, Richard Bove, banking analyst at Rochdale Securities, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Kneale: The Real Deal on the Massachusetts Debacle Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | 12:22 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The bigger upshot from the Massachusetts vote is this: Maybe we weren't repudiating 30 years of Reagan-style, less-is-better government when we elected Barack Obama president. Maybe we voted for the man because we liked him—and now we're realizing we DON'T like his policies.

  • Obama Pressing for Protections Against Lenders Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | 11:38 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.

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  • Obama Cracking Down on Contractor Tax Cheats Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | 11:10 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new crackdown on federal contractors who don't pay their taxes.

  • Obama's Popularity Falls On Health Care, Economy: Poll Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 6:31 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama and his Democratic Party have declined considerably in popularity in the year since he took office, weighed down by public discontent over the economy and the health care debate in Congress, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Top Court Won't Close Shipping Locks to Keep Out Carp Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 11:48 AM ET

    The US  Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order immediate closure of shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.  The court rejected a request by Michigan for a preliminary injunction to close the locks temporarily while a long-term solution is sought to the threatened invasion by the ravenous fish.

  • Massachusetts Race Tests Staying Power of Democrats Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 | 3:28 PM ET

    This weekend, Democrats are struggling to hang on to a seat held by Mr. Kennedy for 46 years in one of the most enthusiastically Democratic states in the country. Conservatives are enjoying a grass-roots resurgence, and Republicans are talking about taking back the House in November.

  • Senate Talks Could Dilute Proposed Consumer Agency Saturday, 16 Jan 2010 | 9:30 AM ET

    Senate banking negotiators are discussing plans that could significantly weaken - or even jettison - President Barack Obama's proposed independent consumer finance agency.

  • Timothy Geithner

    President Obama's proposed bank tax will not damage the economy and is a fair way to reimburse taxpayers for the Wall Street bailout, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNBC.

  • Obama to Push Health Care With House Democrats Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 10:52 AM ET

    Striving to close the deal on health care, President Barack Obama planned a trip to Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge rank-and-file House Democrats to yield on key issues still standing in the way.

  • Proposals Clash on States’ Role in Health Plans Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 10:16 AM ET
    Stethescope and money

    Should someone in Idaho or Nevada have significantly different health care coverage from someone in Massachusetts? That, essentially, is one of the biggest questions Congress will be wrestling with as it tries to meld House and Senate bills into a single law to revamp the nation’s health care system.

  • Christopher Dodd (CT - D)

    Health care reform is "hanging on by a thread," and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Senator Chris Dodd told CNBC Monday.

  • Tax Enforcers Intensify Focus on Multinationals Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 10:21 AM ET

    Tax inspectors had already been increasing their focus on multinational businesses, specifically taking aim at an arcane area of international accounting called transfer pricing. Such scrutiny is intensifying, according to tax experts, as governments seek ways to close their growing budget deficits.