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  • Gridlock May Be Ending on Consumer Protection Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 12:13 PM ET

    A proposal to give the Federal Reserve the primary responsibility for protecting consumers from abusive and deceptive financial products emerged on Tuesday as a potential breakthrough after months of partisan gridlock in the Senate over the terms of a broad overhaul of financial regulations.

  • Busch: Following The Father of Modern Economics Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 11:36 AM ET
    Jim Bunning

    By maintaining a quixotic filibuster against a Senate jobless bill, Senator Jim Bunning lit the fire of Democratic and Republican hyperbole against him.

  • Chadwick: Why Harold Ford is Wrong Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 10:07 AM ET
    Harold Ford Jr.

    We need more legislators who are pragmatists and centrists to take the helm and provide true leadership. We need legislators who can find solutions and not hide behind obstructionist rhetoric. The fringe elements of both parties today have wrested control from the silent majority. The squeaky wheels are getting all the grease, while the axle is falling apart.

  • Obama Adds Some GOP Ideas to Health Reform Plan Tuesday, 2 Mar 2010 | 1:49 PM ET
    Cost of healthcare

    Obama planned to send a letter to Democratic congressional leaders later in the day detailing his plan and make a statement at the White House on Wednesday.

  • Under the latest proposal, the Federal Reserve would be given new powers to protect consumers in dealing with financial services companies and their products, according to sources.

  • Financial Reform Talks Grind On; No Deal In Sight Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 4:16 PM ET

    A weekend of talks between Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) yielded some progress on crafting a bipartisan bill for financial regulatory reform, but there's no indication that a deal is imminent, several sources said.

  • Farrell: Taking A Position Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 10:38 AM ET
    Cost of healthcare

    Positions were formed long ago and the talk-fest provided photo ops and little more. Observers took away what they wanted.

  • Talks Continue on Senate Financial Reform Bill Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 | 12:04 PM ET

    Senate negotiators continue to work on a bipartisan financial regulatory-reform bill, following talks Saturday that yielded no "real progress", according to one source.

  • Details Emerge On Key Parts of Financial Reform Bill Saturday, 27 Feb 2010 | 9:47 AM ET
    Christopher Dodd (CT - D)

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd has offered a slightly watered-down proposal for a consumer watchdog agency for financial products in an effort to win Republican support.

  • Christopher Dodd (CT - D)

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Republican member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are closer than ever to drafting a bipartisan bill on financial regulatory reform, but negotiations will stretch into next week, according to Congressional sources.

  • Senator Judd Gregg

    The two senators introduced a bill this week, which they modestly called the Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2010. The New York Times looks at what it means.

  • Plan to Seek Use of US Contracts as a Wage Lever Friday, 26 Feb 2010 | 10:42 AM ET
    John Podesta

    The Obama administration is planning to use the government’s enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan.

  • Geithner Bangs Drum For Financial Reform Package Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 9:32 AM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    As key senators continue work on crafting a bipartisan bill for financial reform, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is meeting with major trade groups today in an effort to build momentum.

  • White House in New Push for Changes on Wall St. Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 | 10:23 AM ET
    Paul Volker

    The Obama administration redoubled its efforts on Tuesday to overhaul the nation’s financial regulations, saying it would not back down from its efforts to restrict the trading activities of banks and to create a consumer agency to regulate financial products.

  • Senior Democrats say the House is preparing to quickly pass a $15 billion job-creating measure once it is approved by the Senate, illustrating new urgency on the part of Democrats to show they are taking steps to improve the national employment picture.

  • Former VP Cheney Hospitalized After Chest Pains Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 7:48 PM ET
    Former US Vice President Dick Cheney (R)

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington after suffering from chest pains, NBC News has learned.

  • 1960s Boomer Culture Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 3:17 PM ET

    How well do you know the time when Bob Dylan went electric, LSD went mainstream and "Laugh-In" made sense of it all? Take our 1960s Boomer culture quiz and find out.

  • Senate Financial Reform Bill Expected Next Week Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 6:47 PM ET
    Christopher Dodd (CT - D)

    Senate banking committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Republican member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) hope to have a draft version of a bipartisan bill on financial regulatory reform next week with markup beginning the following week

  • Stimulus Jobs on State’s Bill in Mississippi Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 12:32 PM ET
    Natchez, Mississippi

    Scott Phillips had to close his small plumbing company after the housing bubble burst and his business dried up. Roshonda Bolton lost her job when the garment and uniform factory where she had worked for 16 years shut down last August.

  • Party Gridlock in Washington Feeds New Fear of Debt Crisis Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 10:28 AM ET
    Sen. Evan Bayh and Sen. John McCain during a news conference on their bill aimed at reining in government spending and to address the national debt.

    Senator Evan Bayh’s comments this week about a dysfunctional Congress reflected a complaint being directed at Washington with increasing frequency, and there is broad agreement among critics about Exhibit A: The unwillingness of the two parties to compromise to control a national debt that is rising to dangerous heights.  The New York Times reports.