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  • Americans 'Disgusted' With Congress: NBC/WSJ Poll Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 6:31 PM ET
    Stethescope and money

    As they prepare for climactic votes on health care reform, lawmakers face an angry public that isn't likely to applaud any decision they make, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • 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
    US Supreme Court

    If there is a protracted battle on any nominee or if any nominee is withdrawn after they are proposed, the process has the potential to wipe out most of the summer and part of the fall.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.

  • 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.

  • California Senate Race Goes For Laughs Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 9:03 AM ET
    Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

    She's done it again. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has released another attention-grabbing campaign video, as she seeks to beat out two Republican rivals and take on Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

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

    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.

  • NYSE Traders

    Stocks may have a hard time finding traction ahead of the Fed's Tuesday meeting, but the trend for the market is clearly higher, strategists say.

  • By setting risk retention requirements at each step of the process, the very legislation intended to avoid a housing crisis could drastically reduce liquidity and cripple the ability of the secondary mortgage market to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars of low cost mortgage credit needed each year.

  • Dodd on Financial Reform Bill: 'We Need to Move Along' Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 2:03 PM ET
    US Senators Bob Corker and Christopher Dodd.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will introduce a revised package of reforms for the financial sector Monday, essentially sidelining long-running, bipartisan talks.

  • Senate Banking Committee members from both parties said on Wednesday that they had agreed to include in their regulatory overhaul bill a new Office of Research and Analysis that would provide early warnings of possible systemic collapses.

  • Senate Banking Panel Wants to Add Fee For Big Banks Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 12:01 PM ET
    US Capitol Building

    The Senate Banking Committee has added a new fee on big financial institutions to its legislative package of financial reforms, according to a source familiar with negotiations

  • A Consumer Bill Gives Exemption on Payday Loans Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 10:59 AM ET
    Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is playing a crucial role in bipartisan negotiations over financial regulation, pressed to remove a provision from draft legislation that would have empowered federal authorities to crack down on payday lenders.

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd said he was hopeful a bipartisan agreement on a sweeping package of financial regulatory reforms could be reached in the coming days, but admitted there were still key differences between his party and the GOP.

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senate Banking Committee members Thursday continued talks in the hope of crafting a bipartisan bill covering sweeping reform of the financial sector, with panel chairman Christopher Dodd signaling that there was still no agreement yet on where and how a new consumer watchdog agency would fit into the current regulatory structure.

  • Senate Committee Nears Deal On Financial Reform Bill Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 12:42 AM ET
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    "We’re really close," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We’ve had a really good day. We’re getting to a place where Democrats and Republicans both can get comfortable with this. March 3 has been the best day yet in the process."

  • GOP Seeks to Limit Independence of Financial Watchdog Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 6:39 PM ET

    Three senior GOP members of the Senate Banking Committee have made a new proposal for the consumer financial protection agency to Democratic chairman Christopher Dodd.

  • Rush on My Interview With Alan Reynolds Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 4:04 PM ET

    Rush Limbaugh was pretty fired up about my interview earlier this week with Cato's Alan Reynolds.