The Rescue

Did Obama really make government bigger?

Republicans charge President Obama with increasing the size of the federal government.  More

Billionaires with 1% tax rates

President Obama says it's the 'height of unfairness' that the very wealthy can pay a lower percentage of their income in federal taxes than many in the middle class. More

Obama wants a do-over with business

President says it's time to hit the 'reset' button, and agrees to look at health care law provision that has proven to be a real stickler.  More

The media's midterm curse

Many of the candidates who most captured the media's attention lost in the midterms. Did extra attention hurt GOP candidates? More

Repeal 'Obamacare': GOP will try at least

With Republicans taking over the House, expect an immediate effort to repeal health care reform. But piecemeal change is what might really happen. More

Will the economy save Obama's job?

High unemployment doomed many Democrats in the 2010 election. But most economists expect a better job market by 2012, and that just might get the president re-elected. More

New Congress, old problems

Republicans may win the House, if not the Senate. But that also means they will inherit the same problems plaguing Democrats: spending, taxes and debt. More

Facing foreclosure? You can still vote

On Election Day, you can vote at the polls -- even if you're going through foreclosure. But be sure to update your permanent address. More

How $1 trillion hides in plain sight

Some tax experts say the federal budget is much bigger than advertised thanks to the bevy of tax breaks that have grown four-fold in the past few decades.  More

Obama calls for bailout tax

President wants Congress to levy fees on banks to make taxpayers whole for bailout losses. Tax would raise an estimated $90 billion and big institutions would pay bulk.  More

Bank CEOs: We made mistakes

Four chiefs of leading Wall Street banks tell Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission that they didn't realize how bad the situation was. More