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  • Here's Why Layoffs From Sequester Will Be Costly Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 10:24 AM ET

    Hundreds of thousands of workers at firms with government contracts are expected to be laid off because of sequestration. But picking who stays and who goes could be complicated and costly.

  • Back-Load Cuts to Protect Growth Now: Dem Hoyer Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 10:11 AM ET
    Rep. Steny Hoyer

    A plan to replace the "sequester" should put the bulk of the reductions years out to protect the economy in the short run, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told CNBC.

  • Olympic National Park, Washington.

    As $85 billion in spending cuts loom, people across the country who rely on the government were trying to fathom what it would mean for them. The NYT reports.

  • Bernanke Speaks as Italy Becomes New Headwind Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 8:42 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to provide soothing words about the Fed's easy money policies, but markets may react more to new bearish concerns out of Europe.

  • Bob Woodward: Obama Made Big Mistake on Sequester Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 1:20 PM ET
    Bob Woodward

    The White House mistakenly thought that Republicans could never stomach cuts to the Defense Department, which constitute half of the reductions in the sequester. This was a terrible misreading of the Tea Party-infused GOP, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Simpson-Bowles Health Plan Stirs Worry, Lacks Detail Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 12:33 PM ET
    Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles

    A new bipartisan deficit-reduction plan to slash a massive $600 billion from U.S. healthcare spending over two decades has policy experts scratching their heads over how such an ambitious target can be reached.

  • The White House

    President Obama isn't "moving the goal posts" by asking for more revenue to avoid the automatic spending cuts, White House economic adviser Gene Sperling told CNBC.

  • Budget Cuts to Restrain US Growth: Economists Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 8:24 AM ET

    Likely government budget cuts and the prospect for messy political fights over fiscal policy will weigh on the U.S. economy this year and hold growth to a tepid 2.4 percent, according to a new survey of forecasters published.

  • Why a Grand Budget Bargain May Be Impossible Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:43 PM ET
    John Boehner

    An improving economy and projected lower deficits might brighten the climate for a deal. But that optimistic view ignores the remaining deep differences between the parties. NYT reports.

  • 5 Reasons Not to Worry About the Dreaded Sequester Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:32 PM ET

    "It's going to look more like the rounding error in GDP," says one economist. "I think there is a lot more noise than light being shed on the sequester."

  • Ouch: How Sequestration Might Impact You Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 12:25 PM ET

    Long lines at the airport, food scarcities and a rise in identity theft are just some of the disasters awaiting Americans if sequestration goes through.

  • CNBC's John Harwood has information on outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's feelings about the impact of sequestration on air travel in the U.S.

  • A U.S futures-market regulator said it will block Jon Corzine, the former chief executive of failed broker MF Global, from the industry unless he clears an investigation into his fitness as a participant.

  • 15 Senators Request Hagel Nomination Pull     Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 7:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports tonight's latest headlines, including 15 Republican senators are sending a letter to President Obama asking him to pull Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary.

  • Automatic Spending Cuts May Bring Slower Growth Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 4:04 PM ET
    Rep. Lynn Jenkins., House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers after the House Republican Conference meeting on Feb. 13.

    Federal spending cuts scheduled to begin next week would slow economic growth in the next year, though not nearly as much as going over the fiscal cliff might have, economists say. The New York Times reports.

  • White House Mobilizes to Stop Theft of Trade Secrets Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 3:55 PM ET

    The Obama administration Wednesday mobilized the full force of the federal government in an effort to stop theft of trade secrets from American companies.

  • The White House is taking a cue from Silicon Valley and adopting what Mark Zuckerberg calls the "hacker way."

  • Voters Tune Out as Budget 'Sequester' Cuts Near: Poll Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 11:10 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Obama gives his 2013 State of the Union address.

    The public is only dimly aware of automatic budget cuts set for next week despite weeks of dire warnings from Washington, according to a poll.

  • Wall Street Braces for Sequestration Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 1:14 PM ET

    With the White House and the Speaker's Office publicly throwing barbs at each other, Wall Street increasingly believes the federal budget cuts known as the sequester are likely to take effect March 1.

  • How Sequestration Cuts May Pummel Housing Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 10:04 AM ET
    A $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package was voted through the House of Representatives recently. The funding would be spent on New York and New Jersey transit systems and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund.

    Massive government budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 would be, "deeply destructive" to all aspects of the housing market, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan told a Senate panel last week. Here's why.

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