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Congress shows Obama who's boss. How bad is the US economy? So bad that Summers and Geithner are skipping tennis camp this year

By Renegade   April 2009

Obama’s tussles with Congress

The first weeks of any administration are marked by a jostling for power as Congress, regardless of political affiliation, reminds the new president that it controls the money. When he let Speaker Nancy Pelosi write the stimulus bill, Obama started losing the fight. The Republicans seized the chance to run a “Democrats-as-usual” campaign over the bill’s special clauses for research on catfish genetics and skin bloom on grapes. Such gems, inserted by congressman with an axe to grind or a donor to reward, are known as earmarks, and after campaigning against them, Obama has said he’ll…

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