Lawmakers grilled former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Thursday over the government's role in Bank of America's merger with Merrill Lynch, saying authorities withheld information about losses and intimidated bank executives into sealing the deal.

Paul Solman: The third in this week’s series of conversations with economist Simon Johnson has to do with the cap and trade debate — whether cap and trade is a good idea, the feasibility of a carbon tax, and…

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before a House committee Thursday, facing questions on the Fed's role in pushing Bank of America to acquire the struggling Merrill Lynch during the height of the Wall Street meltdown.

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As the Obama administration's health care reform effort begins to pick up speed, a number of key voices are emerging in the legislative debate over the nation's health policy. Here's a look at some of the critical players.

May 26

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Key Player: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, 69, is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy and the now-ranking GOP member of the committee, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, will be responsible for overseeing the upcoming Supreme Court nomination hearings.

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