President Barack Obama has promised to bring a more conciliatory brand of politics to Washington as lawmakers grapple over the economic stimulus bill and foreign policy decisions. Analysts discuss some of the president’s first, and most important, legislative tests.
President Obama headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to try to garner bipartisan support for his economic stimulus plan, which some Republican congressional leaders have criticized for not doing enough to create and preserve jobs. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading
President Barack Obama asked regulators to reconsider waivers that would allow California and other states to set their own standards for auto emissions and responded to new concerns about the economy at the start of his first full week in office. Jeffrey Brown reports on the developments. Continue reading
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks look ahead to Inauguration Day, discuss Barack Obama’s dinner with conservative columnists and analyze President Bush’s attempts to shape a legacy. Continue reading
House Minority Leader John Boehner outlined his views of President-elect Barack Obama’s stimulus plan Thursday, criticizing the size of the spending packages and saying the focus should be on providing quick relief to families and small businesses. Continue reading
The Senate finance committee postponed Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner’s confirmation hearing until next week after reports emerged of problems with Geithner’s federal tax return payments. A Wall Street Journal reporter details the latest. Continue reading
Although the Senate is poised to have at least a 57-seat Democratic majority, the new Congress has begun to reach across party lines. Analysts mull the pros and cons of the Party’s majority, its implications for President-elect Barack Obama and the unresolved Senate races. Continue reading
Following President-elect Barack Obama’s first post-election news conference, columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks assess his plans for the economy and his selection for chief of staff. Continue reading