• Sphygmomanometer

    The stinging defeat in Massachusetts  energized congressional Republicans and left Obama and the Democrats with fallback options that range from bad to worse on health reform.

  • 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.

  • Political 'Retirements' Adding Up for Both Parties Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 10:58 AM ET

    Reports that Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT.) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) are not seeking re-election this year are surprising to some but the two Democrats have added their names to a growing list of retirements from both political parties.

  • Democratic Health Care Deals 'Sleazy': GOP Senator Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 8:43 AM ET
    Stethescope and money

    A Republican senator who has opposed President Barack Obama's health overhaul effort said Tuesday that the deals Democratic leaders have cut to round up the votes they need to push the measure through the Senate have been "sleazy."

  • Senate Dems Struggle to Get Health Care on Track Monday, 14 Dec 2009 | 11:40 AM ET
    Joe Lieberman (CT -D)

    Senate Democrats who thought they had a workable compromise to move ahead on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul learned otherwise from Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is threatening to join Republicans in opposing a bill if it expands Medicare.

  • Americans Sour on Economy, Distrustful of Washington Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 6:03 AM ET
    Wealth In America Report

    Americans remain pessimistic about the economy and have little trust in Washington's economic leadership— despite $1.5 trillion in federal spending on stimulus and bailouts, a new CNBC "Wealth in America Report" finds.

  • Senate to Confront Abortion in Health Care Debate Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 11:09 AM ET
    Stethescope and money

    Starting an eighth day of health care debate Monday, the top Senate Democrat said lawmakers are approaching the end game on the far-reaching legislation and fully expect to prevail. A vote on the divisive abortion issue was expected later in the day.

  • Senate Gears Up For Historic Debate On Health Care Bill Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 3:21 PM ET
    Stethescope and money

    Congressional budget crunchers said  the Democrats' latest health care plan would hold down federal red ink for at least 20 years, an assessment that gave supporters hope as the Senate moved gingerly toward  debate.

  • Democrats, Republicans at Odds Over BofA, Merrill Deal Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 2:56 PM ET
    Bank of America

    A senior House Democrat says the government didn't force Bank of America to take over Merrill Lynch, but a bank board member said much pressure was applied and Republicans charged that a committee inquiry was covering up the role of an Obama administration official.

  • Former HP CEO Fiorina Announces Bid for US Senate Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 11:33 AM ET
    Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina says she'll run for the U.S. Senate seat held by California incumbent Barbara Boxer.

  • Job Losses

    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.

  • Positive Cost Report Boosts Health Plan Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 8:49 AM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    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.

  • Stethescope and money

    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.

  • Wall Street

    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 Gov. Dean Calls Public Option Indispensable Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    Howard Dean

    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.

  • Obama Says Healthcare Reform Coming; Battle Heats Up Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | 8:47 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    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."

  • Obama Using Campaign Tactics in Healthcare Debate Saturday, 15 Aug 2009 | 5:11 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    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.

  • The Nation's Long-Running Health Care Debate Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 11:23 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    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.

  • Health Care Protests Don't Reflect America: Specter Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 8:16 AM ET
    Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania

    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.

  • Unemployment

    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.