Obama's Reform Agenda: Is He Trying to Do Too Much?

Yes, he's still riding high in the polls. But Barack Obama's big reform agenda won't get off the ground unless he fixes the banks first. The case for doing one thing at a time

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President Barack Obama

On the best of days, Washington and Wall Street are as antsy as a boy who plants an acorn and then starts talking about climbing the tree. And these are not the best of days. Under the stress of a global financial disaster and juiced up on the amphetamine of 24-hour cable chatter, America's axis of money and influence is jittery and nervous and primed for panic.

This is relevant background for digesting the news that Barack Obama's honeymoon in the corridors of power has come to an...

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