Healthcare reform legislation often means cutting 'deals,' but public anger over earmarks may further gridlock healthcare reform.
Some key lawmakers in the Senate are saying they will vote against the Bernanke confirmation. The Fed chairman’s term expires at the end of this month.
Thursday's Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case will mean more political ads and, possibly, more moderates in Congress.
Democratic leaders in the Senate plan to vote on final passage of the healthcare reform bill on Christmas Eve.
Ben Bernanke faces a tougher path to winning a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve after a Senate committee's 16-to-7 approval vote.
The healthcare reform tradeoffs reached Tuesday - no public option but expanded Medicare access - may help Senate Democrats win more moderates' votes. But it's still not clear they've got to 60.
At confirmation hearings for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Thursday, some senators decried bailouts of 'too big to fail' firms. Others said the economy would be in worse shape without the Fed’s actions.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke seeks confirmation to a second term, but Capitol Hill foes Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul say the Fed and its leader mismanaged the economy.
The House and Senate will have a difficult time reconciling their healthcare reform bills on several key issues, including abortion funding and a public option, among others.
The Senate voted Saturday to open debate on its healthcare reform bill. But it was just the first of a series of difficult votes facing Democrats going forward.