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The stock market may be up, U.S. service industries may be recovering, banks may be lending again and housing prices holding. But one major piece of the recovery puzzle is still missing: a brighter employment picture.
Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief after a positive cost report on health care overhaul gave them a chance to rally around a Senate plan that significantly expands coverage while trimming the federal deficit.
Barack Obama has pushed closer than any president in generations to creating a basic health care safety net, yet the fate of legislation is far from certain.
Tougher financial rules have been stymied by industry lobbying, government turf battles and a stabilizing banking system. Some analysts fear another crisis is inevitable.
Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, a leading figure in the liberal wing of his party, said Monday he doubts there can be meaningful health care reform without a direct government role.
President Obama said Sunday he's confident his drive to overhaul health care will succeed. The president writes in Sunday's New York Times about "health insurance reform" and says his attempt to overhaul the system is closer to reality "than we have ever been."
President Barack Obama is using political tactics and rhetorical devices honed in his White House campaign to regain the upper hand in the health care debate over increasingly vocal and organized critics.
President Barack Obama's campaign for a health care overhaul is an intense installment in a long-running story, dating to Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.
Sen. Arlen Specter said Wednesday he thinks people who have been angrily disrupting town hall meetings on overhauling the health care system are "not necessarily representative of America," but should be heard.
Nearly 1.5 million Americans will run out of unemployment benefits in the coming months. The White House is working with Congress to extend benefits and the unemployed most likely will get help. But at what cost? Will extending benefits help or hurt the overall economy and recovery? Here are two opposing views from our guest bloggers Tony Fratto and Julie Roginsky.
Frustrated with the pace of bipartisan talks, Democratic leaders on Monday promised to push a sweeping health care bill through the Senate whether they get Republican support or not.
Democratic leaders say they have worked out a last-minute dispute, clearing the way for a sweeping health care bill to move ahead in the House.
Mine is a story of government intervention gone wrong, of well-meaning intentions unfulfilled.
A new government health insurance plan sought by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could coexist with private insurers without driving them out of business, an analysis by nonpartisan budget experts suggests.
Healthcare reform is the hot topic in Washington these days as President Obama pushes for a bill he can sign this fall. Many analysts say something should be done to change the system while others say the system is not broken and even if it is, the Obama plan would not work. Here are two opposing views from our guest bloggers Tony Fratto and Julie Roginsky.
The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today's bleak landscape.
While the focus for the Democrats' bill is on healthcare, some analysts say the real goal could be to raise revenues for an ailing economy and redistribute income.
A second House committee has approved health care legislation that President Barack Obama is seeking.
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor defended herself Tuesday against charges that her speeches and rulings show racial bias, telling a Senate panel vetting her nomination that critics had misunderstood her record.
Contrary to comments made this past weekend by Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama says that the administration did not misread the economic downturn.