Obama has named economist Gene Sperling as head of the National Economic Council. The president has made other moves to patch up relations with the business community.
With unemployment rate likely to stay high for years, Obama is running out of federal solutions. He has turned to business for help, but his political pivot now requires more credibility.
In the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, the Obama administration has decided to pull back from a plan to open Florida's Gulf coast and parts of the Atlantic seaboard to offshore drilling.
More private companies are screening out smokers during the hiring process, citing a need to cut health-care costs. It's generally legal, but critics say it's intrusive and unfair.
The guidelines are intended to help states and industry evaluate the cost and kind of technologies that would best reduce greenhouse gases.
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday, but the distinctions between news and political organizations continue to blur.
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann contributed to three Democratic candidates during the 2010 elections.