GOP leaders on Capitol Hill criticize Obama's healthcare plan, lowering expectations for Thursday's bipartisan summit on the issue.
Everybody from tea partiers to Republican lawmakers to GOP chief Michael Steele is listing their political priorities and goals. Republicans are hoping to repeat Newt Gingrich's 1994 success in taking over the House with his 'Contract With America.'
The White House has invited congressional Republicans to join Democrats for a healthcare summit to be moderated by President Obama and broadcast live. But Obama says legislative proposals should be on the table, and the GOP wants to start from scratch.
President Obama met with leaders of both parties Tuesday to move forward one of his key objectives: a bill designed to stimulate job creation. Democrats have said they would like to pass a jobs bill by Feb. 12.
Economists see some optimism in the unemployment rate as well as in other employment data. But overall, jobs are still being lost.
Many finance experts say that Obama's basic strategy on the federal deficit is the right one for a fragile economy, but the effort carries economic risks.
President Obama had a pointed and entertaining exchange with House Republicans. The event worked to his advantage, but the GOP scored important points, too. Everybody benefits from this kind of unscripted public debate.
President Obama met with House Republicans at their annual retreat in Baltimore. GOP lawmakers asked pointed questions and Obama pushed back. But overall, the meeting was civil and substantive.
A tax credit here and an expanded program there are part of Obama's new plan to relieve financial stress on the middle class. Among the beneficiaries, if Congress goes along: families with children in child care, college students, and workers without employer-sponsored retirement programs.