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Congress Federal Budget (U.S.)


  • Paulson: Fannie, Freddie Need Stronger Regulator Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 11:49 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    Housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have the potential to pose systemic risks to the financial system and need a stronger regulator, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday.

  • Bush Urges Quick Action on Fannie, Freddie Rescue Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    President Bush urged lawmakers to move quickly in putting into force legislation designed to help prop up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while declaring the nation's financial system to be "basically sound."

  • Fed Chief Gives Gloomier Outlook On US Economy Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 10:07 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    A weakening housing market, a strained banking system, and rising oil prices threaten the U.S. economy, and restoring financial market stability is a top priority, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

  • Economy Shows New Signs Of Dreaded Stagflation Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    Dismal data on inflation and retail sales released on Tuesday flashed fresh signs of stagflation in the U.S. economy.

  • Don't Bail Out Fannie, Freddie: Jim Rogers Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 5:02 AM ET

    The Treasury and the Federal Reserve should not bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as this would increase the already gaping U.S. public debt, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told "Worldwide Exchange."

  • Bernanke, Paulson to Testify on Financial Turmoil Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 3:22 AM ET

    Discussion of persistent financial market turmoil is seen as likely to overshadow the Federal Reserve's semi-annual monetary policy outlook when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress on Tuesday.

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    This week's problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are more evidence of a painful fact for the economy: the extent to which mortgage-related debt is exacerbating the current slide, and how it will prolong what more and more analysts are calling a recession.

  • Initial Jobless Claims Show Surprising Drop Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits dropped by a much bigger-than-expected 58,000 last week to 346,000.

  • Conservation Having Little Effect on Gasoline Prices Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 2:04 PM ET

    Though they have finally begun using less gasoline, US consumers remain pretty much powerless to contain prices at the pump.

  • Pieces in Place to Reduce Oil Price: Schork Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 9:37 AM ET

    Fundamental pieces are in place for the lowering of oil's price, but until the dollar appreciates and speculators stop betting up the commodity it will remain at high levels, Stephen Schork, editor of The Schork Report, said on CNBC.

  • EIA: Gas Prices to Stay Above $4 For Rest of 2008 Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 12:57 PM ET

    Gasoline prices will remain above $4 a gallon for the rest of the year, while oil prices will continued to be pressured by the tight market for crude, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday.

  • Wholesale Inventories Post Slight Rise in May Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.8 percent in May, just slightly more than expected, but a measure of how long it would take to sell current stocks fell to a record low on strong sales of apparel and petroleum, a Commerce Department report showed on Tuesday.

  • Fed's Yellen Says Rate Policy at Crossroads Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 12:00 PM ET
    Janet Yellen

    U.S. interest rate policy is "nearing a crossroads" now that worst-case scenarios for growth have been skirted by the Federal Reserve's aggressive string of rate cuts, San Francisco Fed President Janet Yellen said Monday.

  • Bush Backs Strong Dollar Policy Sunday, 6 Jul 2008 | 7:57 AM ET

    U.S. President George W. Bush said on Sunday the American economy was not growing as quickly as he would like and that his administration supported a strong U.S. dollar policy.

  • Meet the Newest Face on The Board of Governors Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 4:07 PM ET
    Elizabeth Duke

    The Democratic-led Senate approved the newest member of the Federal Reserve’s System Board of Governors last Friday, making Elizabeth A. Duke the seventh woman to become a member of the board since the board was formed in 1913.

  • Don't Blame the Dollar for Oil Prices: Paulson Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 7:12 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    A weaker dollar cannot be blamed for soaring oil prices as policymakers around the world tussle with the twin spectres of rising inflation and slowing growth, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday.

  • Economy Expected to Shed Jobs for 6th Straight Month Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 4:45 AM ET

    Payrolls likely dropped by 60,000 in June, while the jobless rate is expected to have fallen to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May.

  • Economy Downturn Bigger Worry Than Prices: Paulson Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 3:17 AM ET

    The downturn in the economy is a greater worry than inflation at the moment, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday.

  • Paulson: Oil, Falling Home Prices to Prolong Slowdown Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 11:55 AM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Wednesday that high oil prices, further home price declines and capital markets turmoil will prolong the American economy's slowdown.

  • Fed's Lockhart Drops Hint of Rate Hike Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve must "react decisively" to stop inflation from pushing up wages, one of its top policy-makers said Tuesday, dropping a clear hint about the possibility of interest-rate hikes ahead.